The Greatest Liar on Earth

The Greatest Liar on Earth


By (author) Mark Greenwood, Illustrated by Frane Lessac


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  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 282mm x 13mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Somerville, Mass.
  • ISBN 10: 0763661554
  • ISBN 13: 9780763661557
  • Illustrations note: 4-COLOR
  • Sales rank: 243,253

Product description

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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Author information

Mark Greenwood is a musician and award-winning author of "The Donkey of Gallipoli: A True Story of Courage in World War I, "among other children's books." "He lives in Australia. Frane Lessac is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty children's books. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives with her husband, Mark Greenwood, in Australia.