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The Greatest Liar on Earthby Mark Greenwood
Synopses & Reviews
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 Louiss 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.
"Picture-book biographies frequently feature individuals who have acted commendably; the same can't necessarily be said for Greenwood's unlikely subject. At heart a storyteller, Frenchman Louis de Rougemont devours the accounts of world travelers and explorers, then reworks them to make them his own. On the lecture circuit as 'The Most Remarkable Man of the Century,' de Rougemont draws big audiences to hear him speak of his adventures, which include surviving on a desert island and wrestling a crocodile. Lessac's naÃ‛Ã‚Â¯f gouache illustrations keep pace with de Rougemont's tall tales, picturing the mustachioed fish, winged wombats, and 'nuggets of gold too big for one man to carry' that de Rougemont describes with cool confidence. When de Rougemont is exposed as a fraud, he points the finger back at the audience: 'Who has not walked in the woods, seen a cat, and called it a wolf?' Despite a slightly abrupt finale, Greenwood's story of a forgotten fabulist gently asks whether the truth is all it's cracked up to be — especially in show biz. Ages 7 — up. Illustrator's agent: Marcia Wernick, Wernick & Pratt. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
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 childrens books. He lives in Australia.
Frané Lessac is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty childrens books. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives with her husband, Mark Greenwood, in Australia.
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