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The Lieography of Thomas Edison

The Absolutely Untrue, Totally Made Up, 100% Fake Life Story of the World's Greatest Inventor

Published by Tanglewood
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



About The Book

Thomas Edison, world-class inventor. You might know that he devised the electric light bulb and the phonograph. But what about his development of train-controlling sticks? Or his airborne way to send pancakes to his Cousin Fran in Texas? You’re about to be treated to the Lieographical aspects of Thomas Edison’s life, in this funny, lighthearted, “all that didn’t happen” take on the man whose inventions transformed our daily existence.

The book ends with a short—but true—account of Edison’s life—just enough to encourage kids to find out more on this important historical figure. But even if readers have already learned about Edison, the wacky stories in this tall-tales book will be even more enjoyable.

About The Author

Alan Katz has written more than 40 highly acclaimed children’s books, including Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly SongsThe Day the Mustache Took OverOOPS!Don’t Say That Word!Really Stupid Stories for Really Smart Kids, and two Awesome Achievers titles. Alan has received many state awards for children’s literature, and he frequently speaks at literacy conferences and schools around the country.

Alan is also a six-time Emmy-nominated writer for series including The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Taz-Mania, Pinkalicious and Peterrific, numerous Nickelodeon shows, and more. He hosted a long-running game show on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel, and he’s also created comic books, trading cards, theme park shows, and hundreds of others special projects for kids and their parents.

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Raves and Reviews

"Lieographies will be the next big series. Having taught for 24 years, I am sure kids will find this series entertaining, funny, but also intriguing. I can't wait to put these books in my students' hands!"

– Shelby Jackson, 5th grade teacher,, Weston CT

"Lieographies lead to a unique opportunity for readers to develop ability to analyze fact from fiction. Using wit and humor, readers are given a chance to learn, think, and laugh a lot along the way. "

– Dylan C. Teut, Literacy PhD candidate; Exec. Director of Plum Creek Children's LIteracy Festival

Alan Katz's new Lieography books made me laugh out loud!! This outrageously funny new series will surely be a hit with all my students! There's no doubt in my mind that these unique stories will not only motivate students to read, but inspire even the most reluctant readers to further research the true stories of the famous people who are introduced in these amusing tales.

– Amy Inzero, Reading/Language Arts Consultant, Elizabeth Green School, CT

“Alan Katz’s Lieographies series is sure to provide a lot of laughs for young readers. The books will also introduce them to some very important historical figures, while encouraging them to find out more. Reading, laughing, and learning—what’s better than that?”

– Marc Summers, Host and Executive Producer of Nickelodeon's "Double Dare"

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