Seifert, Christine Whoppers: History’s Most Outrageous Lies and Liars, NON FICTION 223 pgs. Zest Books, 2015. $13.99. Language: G ( 0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.
There have been some pretty great lies told throughout history, and some of the best have been compiled and explained in this fun and enlightening book. Divided into 4 sections with 3 or four chapters each, the reader learns about well known people like P.T. Barnum and Washington Irving and lesser known people like Pope Leo X and George Hull (who played the Cardiff Giant prank). You read about poop burgers (yuck) and Listerine. Religious scams, Ponzi schemes and pretenders like Anna Anderson - was she the missing daughter of the Russian Czar? There’s even a section on aliens, ghosts and monsters - BigFoot and Loch Ness monster lovers, beware.
The chapters are concise - 3-4 pages each, giving just enough background knowledge to get you into the story and then unmasking, explaining, disproving. This was a very fun read. Full of “did you knows” and “you’ll never believe whats.” Highly recommended for middle school and high school readers, and I’m not lying!
MS, HS - ESSENTIAL Lisa Librarian