click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  The Parker Brothers game company initially rejecting Liz Magie’s early version of MONOPOLY named, “The Landlord’s Game.”   PASS GO and Collect $200 -The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented  -written by Tanya Lee Stone & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by Christy Ottaviano Books, 2018.  The true story of how one on the most popular board games ever, MONOPOLY, was invented and patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie, the very first patent issued for a board game. Her early game was entitled  “The Landlord’s Game,”  but it never caught on. It wasn’t until 1934 when an out of work salesman, Charles Darrow, modified the rules, graphics, and title name that it became popular with the public, especially when The Parker Brothers game company began distributing it.    "Salerno’s soft, dynamic full-bleed illustrations reflect yet move beyond the aesthetics of the game and time period, making every page compelling and fresh.”  -Kirkus Reviews   STARRED REVIEW     “Salerno’s vivid illustrations are kinetic and play upon the most exciting elements of the story. Characters move with fluidity,…” - School Library Journal   STARRED REVIEW
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cover of  PASS GO And Collect $200  -depicting family and friends playing Lizze Magie’s 1906 board game   The Landlord’s Game   -which was the precursor to MONOPOLY    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  After the Civil War many people living in rural areas began flocking to the cities, creating a boom in the demand for housing and apartments which in turn created  Landlords  -many becoming wealthy. Lizzie Magie created her  Landlord’s Game  to bring awareness to the plight of many poor people subject to unscrupulous landlords.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Elizabeth Magie in 1904 outside the United States Patent Office holding her patent, the first one ever issued for a board game.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of illustration depicting Charles Darrow, the out-of-work salesman during the Great Depression who contributed the streamlining changes to Lizzie Magie’s initial board game -which lead to the ultimate success of MONOPOLY
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  holiday shoppers in 1932 looking at Charles Darrow’s version of MONOPOLY, which in 1935 began distribution by The Parker Brothers Game Company.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detail view of   the game’s character,  Rich Uncle Pennybags  -who eventually became better known as  Mr Monopoly .
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  The Parker Brothers game company initially rejecting Liz Magie’s early version of MONOPOLY named, “The Landlord’s Game.”   PASS GO and Collect $200 -The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented  -written by Tanya Lee Stone & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by Christy Ottaviano Books, 2018.  The true story of how one on the most popular board games ever, MONOPOLY, was invented and patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie, the very first patent issued for a board game. Her early game was entitled  “The Landlord’s Game,”  but it never caught on. It wasn’t until 1934 when an out of work salesman, Charles Darrow, modified the rules, graphics, and title name that it became popular with the public, especially when The Parker Brothers game company began distributing it.    "Salerno’s soft, dynamic full-bleed illustrations reflect yet move beyond the aesthetics of the game and time period, making every page compelling and fresh.”  -Kirkus Reviews   STARRED REVIEW     “Salerno’s vivid illustrations are kinetic and play upon the most exciting elements of the story. Characters move with fluidity,…” - School Library Journal   STARRED REVIEW
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: The Parker Brothers game company initially rejecting Liz Magie’s early version of MONOPOLY named, “The Landlord’s Game.”

PASS GO and Collect $200 -The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented -written by Tanya Lee Stone & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Christy Ottaviano Books, 2018.

The true story of how one on the most popular board games ever, MONOPOLY, was invented and patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie, the very first patent issued for a board game. Her early game was entitled “The Landlord’s Game,” but it never caught on. It wasn’t until 1934 when an out of work salesman, Charles Darrow, modified the rules, graphics, and title name that it became popular with the public, especially when The Parker Brothers game company began distributing it.

"Salerno’s soft, dynamic full-bleed illustrations reflect yet move beyond the aesthetics of the game and time period, making every page compelling and fresh.” -Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

“Salerno’s vivid illustrations are kinetic and play upon the most exciting elements of the story. Characters move with fluidity,…” -School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cover of  PASS GO And Collect $200  -depicting family and friends playing Lizze Magie’s 1906 board game   The Landlord’s Game   -which was the precursor to MONOPOLY    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: cover of PASS GO And Collect $200 -depicting family and friends playing Lizze Magie’s 1906 board game The Landlord’s Game -which was the precursor to MONOPOLY

see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  After the Civil War many people living in rural areas began flocking to the cities, creating a boom in the demand for housing and apartments which in turn created  Landlords  -many becoming wealthy. Lizzie Magie created her  Landlord’s Game  to bring awareness to the plight of many poor people subject to unscrupulous landlords.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: After the Civil War many people living in rural areas began flocking to the cities, creating a boom in the demand for housing and apartments which in turn created Landlords -many becoming wealthy. Lizzie Magie created her Landlord’s Game to bring awareness to the plight of many poor people subject to unscrupulous landlords.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  Elizabeth Magie in 1904 outside the United States Patent Office holding her patent, the first one ever issued for a board game.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: Elizabeth Magie in 1904 outside the United States Patent Office holding her patent, the first one ever issued for a board game.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of illustration depicting Charles Darrow, the out-of-work salesman during the Great Depression who contributed the streamlining changes to Lizzie Magie’s initial board game -which lead to the ultimate success of MONOPOLY
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: cropped view of illustration depicting Charles Darrow, the out-of-work salesman during the Great Depression who contributed the streamlining changes to Lizzie Magie’s initial board game -which lead to the ultimate success of MONOPOLY

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  holiday shoppers in 1932 looking at Charles Darrow’s version of MONOPOLY, which in 1935 began distribution by The Parker Brothers Game Company.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: holiday shoppers in 1932 looking at Charles Darrow’s version of MONOPOLY, which in 1935 began distribution by The Parker Brothers Game Company.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  detail view of   the game’s character,  Rich Uncle Pennybags  -who eventually became better known as  Mr Monopoly .
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: detail view of the game’s character, Rich Uncle Pennybags -who eventually became better known as Mr Monopoly.