28 Nov 2014

Update on *Three Lads and the Lizard King*

Children's Literature, Shameless Self-Promotion 2 Comments

Just a reminder that the children’s book I wrote (originally for my son) is available on Amazon.. (Incidentally, Amazon was using the wrong ink on the books for the first 20 copies or so until they fixed it, so if you ordered early on and got some funny results on the inside, just notify Amazon and they’ll replace it because it’s their mistake.)

Here’s the very nice review that G. Morin posted at Amazon–and I promise I didn’t ask him to do this:

Full disclosure: I’m already an admirer of Robert Murphy’s professional writing (economics) – he writes in a clear and engaging style and can make a subject as mundane as economics actually interesting and entertaining. So I was curious about his foray into the world of children’s literature. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Not that I expected Bob to do a poor job but I’m thinking “It’s a story for 8-10 year olds… how interesting can it be for a 40 something year old?” Thankfully my skepticism was shattered. Each chapter was a page turner. As each chapter ended I had no choice but to proceed to the next. I literally read it cover to cover in one sitting. There is no higher honor for an author then to write a book that is so engaging that the reader simply cannot set it aside. Bob achieve’s that with this book

For those of you who are fans of his economic works you won’t be disappointed either. He manages to weave some basic lessons about money, value, trade, etc without hitting the reader over the head with it. I think most children will absorb the lesson without even realizing it it was in any way educational (it’s also a lesson most adults need as well). But it is only a part of the overall story, I don’t want to give the impression the whole thing is just some econ lesson in disguise. Overall it has everything a good children’s book requires: relatable characters, adventure, exploration, overcoming challenges and some good old fashion fantasy. Highly recommended. You won’t be disappointed.

Three Lads Cover

2 Responses to “Update on *Three Lads and the Lizard King*”

  1. Yancey Ward says:

    Is it true the Lizard King is named Pugman Kraul?

  2. Raja says:

    I couldn’t resist. It’s coming my way. No kindle version though.

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