The Greatest Liar on Earth

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The Greatest Liar on Earth
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Age Range
6+
Release Date
October 09, 2012
ISBN
0763661554
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Come hear the intriguing real-life tale of a man whose amazing adventure stories sounded too good to be true . . . or were they?

There is not a whisper when Louis de Rougemont steps onto the stage to recount his astonishing experiences on the sea and in lands far away. It is a breathtaking tale of catastrophe and miraculous events. A monster with enormous tentacles! A sea turtle big enough to ride! Fish raining from the sky! Cannibals! But critics say he is an imposter with a gift for spinning yarns. Are Louis’s tales true? Or is he the greatest liar on Earth? Bold, whimsical artwork brings to life the tale of an early-twentieth-century man who held audiences rapt while his critics dubbed him a hoaxer of the highest degree. A fun slice of history sure to inspire a lively discussion of truth, fabrication, and the gray areas in-between.

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Fascinating
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4.5
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5.0
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4.0
I was completely captivated by this book. The storytelling is excellent! Every page is full of fabulous adventures (Like crocodile wrestling and fish raining from the sky!) which young readers will certainly find exciting, but the adventures are book-ended by the story of the man who wrote those adventures down. The man who started out homeless, studied journals of other adventurers, found incredible fame and fortune with his published journal, and then lost that fame and fortune when he lost all credibility. I was as invested in the story of Henri Grin as I was captivated by his adventures.

I especially enjoyed that the adventurous claims made by Henri were researched by the author and proven plausible. The illustrations are whimsical and colorful, and I think most readers will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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