The Lying King

The Lying King

by Alex Beard

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Overview


Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat broccoli?

For answers, follow along as Warthog lies his way to the throne in this timeless, yet most timely, Tale from the Watering Hole.

Will the Truth catch up with the king?

​Find out as Alex Beard’s whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real world truths for children of all ages. With a nod to Aesop and Kipling, this funny and pointed parable has lessons for everyone, from the playground to the boardroom and beyond!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626345287
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 54
Sales rank: 356,720
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Alex Beard is an artist and author. He lives in New Orleans’ Garden District in The Pink Elephant with his wife and two children, two dogs, a cat, three turtles, a hedgehog, and a pair of finches. 

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CHAPTER 1

There once was a king who liked to tell lies.

He said it was day beneath the night skies.

He said he was great I'm at whatever he tried.

And when the time came for a new king to rise ...

Now firm and in power, his goals took a turn. The king lied to steal what he didn't earn. He called the most honest "Cheaters!" and worse ...

And even though many thought him a lout, too few spoke up to call his lies out.

It's hard after all to stand up to clout.

And so, much emboldened with dishonest might ...

(Continues…)


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The Lying King 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Debbiesreadingcorner More than 1 year ago
The Lying King By: Alex Beard Greenleaf Book Group Press Children's Fiction 60 Pages Pub. Date 4 September 2018 #TheLyingKing#NetGalley I really like this book. The pictures are great and the story is cute. It is real easy to read and I think children will like this story. A child will learn a lesson from this story about lying. Don't want to give too much detail because it is a short book. It is about a warthog who lies. I recommend this book for your personal library. I gave it 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Lying King is the story of a warthog who thinks a little too highly of himself and begins to think that he is a more important than he actually is. Although it is a picture book, the vocabulary and language make this book enjoyable for "kids" of all ages. The illustrations lend themselves perfectly to the story line and the labels that accompany them are perfect! This book would be a great discussion starter!
LoveToReadJFE More than 1 year ago
An allegorical saga in the vein of Aesop’s Fables, this tale from the watering hole chronicles the dire consequences of lying. Warthog desperately wants to be important, but he chooses to make himself seem prominent by telling lies. Finally, he becomes the king. Eventually, as his lies grow, he turns the other animals of the African savannah against each other until one day the lies are so big the animals realize that something must be done about their lying king. With whimsical illustrations and a witty, satirical rhyming verse, readers will immediately recognize that lies are dangerous and there is untold value in the truth. Although marketed as a children’s book, adults will find the thinly-disguised commentary on the current political climate impossible to miss, especially with the “Uncle Sam” dedication page. Whether “The Lying King” serves as a morality lesson for children or as a timely reminder for adults, its lesson is one of the value of truth and the danger of lies . . . and there is truth within these pages. Highly recommended.
Macsbooks More than 1 year ago
The Lying King, wordplay noted, is a wonderfully illustrated, hilariously told modern day fable about a warthog who wanted to be king. He made promises he couldn't keep, told lies that grew more preposterous with each telling and bullying all who got in is way. He lied to get money, questioned whether the truth was actually the truth and pitted those in the kingdom against one another to gain favor for himself. Hmmm... why does this sound so incredibly familiar? No idea. Soon, the king's lies catch up to him and bring about his folly. Written for children and obviously for adults who never learned the very important lesson that LYING is not acceptable and, ultimately, you will get caught; this book is utterly delightful for "kids" of all ages. Beard is an artist as well as a writer and his illustrations are a beautiful, captivating addition to the book. I read this out loud to guests staying with us and everyone loved it - especially the kids! It's a perfect "lesson" book that can teach all of us the importance of the truth in this era of "fake news" and alternative facts. FIVE brilliant shiny stars for The Lying King - no lie!
Macsbooks More than 1 year ago
The Lying King, wordplay noted, is a wonderfully illustrated, hilariously told modern day fable about a warthog who wanted to be king. He made promises he couldn't keep, told lies that grew more preposterous with each telling and bullying all who got in is way. He lied to get money, questioned whether the truth was actually the truth and pitted those in the kingdom against one another to gain favor for himself. Hmmm... why does this sound so incredibly familiar? No idea. Soon, the king's lies catch up to him and bring about his folly. Written for children and obviously for adults who never learned the very important lesson that LYING is not acceptable and, ultimately, you will get caught; this book is utterly delightful for "kids" of all ages. Beard is an artist as well as a writer and his illustrations are a beautiful, captivating addition to the book. I read this out loud to guests staying with us and everyone loved it - especially the kids! It's a perfect "lesson" book that can teach all of us the importance of the truth in this era of "fake news" and alternative facts. FIVE brilliant shiny stars for The Lying King - no lie!