If there's one thing kids love, it's being lectured about out-of-control spending:

“Once upon a penny, in the Land of Us, in the little town of Meville, lived a little penny. In fact, a whole lot of little pennies were scattered all over the Land of Us, but our story is about one particular penny: Mr. Penny.
He was a singular fellow, quite an individual and not a follower of the crowd.”

The antagonist, a dragon designed to represent a bloated federal government, won’t stop growing and loves to eat currency.

“In fact, he developed a taste for charred bills … dollar bills. Within no time, the dragon had devoured $15 Trillion and was always looking around for more to consume.”

You can buy Mr. Penny and the Dragon of Domeville from your local independent bookseller.

(Via Reading Is for Snobs.)