“The Greatest Liar on Earth,” written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frane Lessac is a true story in a picture book.
“The Greatest Liar on Earth,” written by Mark Greenwood and illustrated by Frane Lessac is a true story in a picture book. It tells the story of a man, Louis de Rougemont, who creates many tall tales in order to make himself famous. He gives lectures, each with a new tale to tell. Soon his lectures become sold out. There is not an empty seat in the theater and people try to catch glimpses of Louis’s performances through the windows.
This doesn’t last long, as his tales are believed to be fake and himself an imposter. Louis’s audiences grow smaller until he has no audience at all and goes out of business. Many years later Louis performs one last time and a mysterious event takes place in the park, his last performance location. Others are baffled.
In the back of the book, since this is a true story, there is more information about his tall tales and explanations to them. The back proves that his tales could have had some truth to them.
This book would be enjoyable to kids 8-12. The pictures are very detailed and interesting. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and story. Try it out if you like to hear about things that seem impossible, but might be true. Even though this is a picture book, it’s definitely worth reading..