Some background on Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco
The Food Truck Fiasco is based on the concepts found in Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in one lesson”. This fantastic book is itself based, in part, on Frédéric Bastiat’s book ” The Law”. Hazlitt was an extensive writer in the classical liberal tradition and an admirer of Ludwig Von Mises, the great Austrian school economist. Hazlitt’s purpose in writing “Economics in one lesson” was to explain economic principles in an unforgettable and easy to understand book.
What about the Story
The story follows, as all the Twins books do, Ethan and Emily Tuttle. The story starts with The Tuttle twins selling lemonade at their own lemonade stand. As the story progresses, the Twins visit different food trucks and learn about the onerous regulations and protectionism they face. The Tuttle Twins, being inquisitive as they are, begin to look into this and ask questions. They quickly find out about Bobs Big BBQ and how he is using the government to stifle his competition.
Talking with their parents and food truck owners, the twins learn how competition can protect customers and drive down prices. After a family talk, the Ethan and Emily, as well as their parents, come up with a plan to educate and potentially roll back regulations.
The Tuttle twins go on to set up a protest outside of Bobs Big BBQ. With help from their parents and food truck owners, the twins are able to get the press to show up as well. A few days after the protest, the Tuttle twins and their allies take to city hall to voice their displeasure with the protectionist regulations. After everyone speaks, an embarrassed city council votes to repeal the regulations. This makes the Tuttle twins food truck heroes!
What did Isaiah Think
Isaiah liked this book. The idea of selling lemonade to people appealed to him. He loved the variety of food trucks, the different foods they sold, and the different looks they each had. His favorite being an old-fashioned taco truck.
Where we live we do not have food trucks. This idea was completely new to Isaiah and he loved it. Seeing delicious food being made in a truck and driving the truck around to people captivated his imagination and kept his attention. When we got to the portion about why the food trucks were going out of business, he was genuinely upset about what was happening. The idea that they the food trucks were being targeted was not ok with him and he voiced this several times.
The Tuttle twins being heralded as the heroes at the end inspired Isaiah and is a great ending to the book.
What Did I Think
It is great that this book distills the principles of “Economics in one lesson” to children. The illustrations were done by Elijah Stanfield, once again, they are superb.
The story unfolds in a natural progression that the inquisitive mind of a child can easily follow. It lays out the principles clearly and concisely. Connor Boyack’s writing, overall, is great in this book as well. There are a few places where the conversation in the book is forced, but overall, the writing is engaging and the conversations natural. Plus, making the Tuttle Twins the heroes to the food truck owner inspired my son to want to look for harmful things to fight against.
The biggest issue I have with the book is the occasional forced or unnatural conversations. These are few and they seem to be explaining a definition. This happens through character conversation between some of the food truck owners and the twins. This isn’t a big deal, it simply disrupts the flow of the conversation in the book. If you’re reading the book to your child, they may not even notice it.
Another point of contention, although not for me personally, is the child activism that takes place in the book. I have heard several parents complain that it is getting children to try and be activist at too young of an age. I don’t have an issue with this or with Isaiah finding something that is wrong and fighting against it.
Would I recommend it?
I would recommend The Food Truck Fiasco. It does a spectacular job at laying the foundation of economic thought that Hazlitt explained in “Economics in one lesson“. Isaiah, at 5, is able to understand the themes in this book and it is giving him a foundation that he will be able to build on later on with more complex economic concepts.
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The Tuttle Twins series are considered children’s books on liberty, or as one person put it, libertarian books for kids. While this case can be made, they hold more important lessons than just that. The Miraculous Pencil is strictly economic in nature, while also indirectly mentioning liberty. The Tuttle Books are not just for those who are libertarian but for those who want their children to have a foundation in freedom but economic thought as well.
Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.
Connor also runs a Utah Think Tank called The Libertas Institute
Connor’s book Passion Driven Education
Connor’s new book for teens and young adults Lessons from a Lemonade Stand