Lucas Remmerswaal is a man on a mission - a mission to change the way a whole generation approaches its finances. But how does a Whangarei investment adviser and father-of-six plan on doing that? By writing children's books inspired by the ideas and principles of American billionaire investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett - the world's third wealthiest man. Remmerswaal is in the process of producing an illustrated book for five-year-olds, another for 12 year-olds and a teaching aid for parents and teachers.
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A Kiwi author has gained the backing of billionaire Warren Buffett for a new children's book which has taken him five years to write. Lucas Remmerswaal, a Whangarei-based author and former investment adviser, has spent the past 12 years seeking approval from his idol to write a series of 13 books based on the habits that made Buffett billions.
Now Remmerswaal has the sign off to use the phrase "inspired by Warren Buffet" on the front cover of his book Fireball's travels: The door to the temple of wisdom which is set for launch on August 30 - Buffet's birthday. The book is aimed at young teens and centres around a character called Fireball who travels to ancient Egypt and learns about the power of mindfulness and meditation.
Remmerswaal said the book was designed to get teens thinking about their purpose in life and he hoped it would also help tackle New Zealand's high youth suicide rate. Remmerswaal initially travelled to the United States in arriving with just a quarter in his pocket to research the concept of an Aladdin-style story.
He drafted a first edition in January and met an Italian artist who agreed to do the pictures for the book without being paid until copies are sold.
Remmerswaal shared it with a teaching mentor in the US in and received a 40 point critique on how to make it better. After another big polish of the story in he went to see his muse in Maryland for three months and was introduced to a literary agent in New York over lunch. Remmerswaal is a big believer - he hopes to get the book out to million children and to release the second book this time next year. New Zealand Herald. Subscribe to Premium. Sign In Register. On the go and no time to finish that story right now?
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A Northland author who wants New Zealand children to be more financially savvy has gained the backing of his "super hero" US billionaire philanthropist Warren Buffett for his new children's book. Fireball's travels: The door to the temple of wisdom is set to be launched on August 30 at the Whangarei Library. Buffet has given Lucas Remmerswaal, a former Whangarei investment adviser, the approval to use "inspired by Warren Buffet" on the front cover of his book. The author and Italian illustrator Jessica Martinello are planning a series of 13 stories for Fireball to learn the "13 habits" that helped make Warren Buffett his billions. FIve years in the writing the book is aimed at young teens and centres around a character called Fireball who travels to ancient Egypt and learns about the power of mindfulness and meditation.
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