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The Honest-to-Goodness Truth

Written by Patricia C. McKissack & illustrated by Giselle Potter
Published by Aladdin Books
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If telling the truth is the right thing to do, why is the whole world mad at Libby?

“Tell the truth and shame the devil,” Libby’s mama has told her. So whatever is Libby doing wrong? Ever since she started telling only the truth, the whole world seems to be mad at her. First it’s her best friend, Ruthie Mae, who gets upset when Libby tells all their friends that Ruthie Mae has a hole in her sock. Then Willie gives her an ugly look when she tells the teacher he hasn’t done his homework. It seems that telling the truth isn’t always so simple.

Children will sympathize with Libby as she struggles to figure out that even though it’s always wrong to tell a lie, there’s a right and a wrong way to tell the truth. Giselle Potter’s naively stubborn illustrations perfectly capture this humorous and poignant story by award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack.

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Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.0 / 7.0

This book is definitely on the longer side but it takes a stab at the importance of not only telling the truth but also telling it at the right time, in the right way, for the right reasons! The illustrations are fun and stylized and I appreciate the diversity of the characters.

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Who Wrote The Honest-to-Goodness Truth

Patricia C. McKissack

PATRICIA MCKISSACK is one of <i>the </i>most acclaimed authors writing for children today. She has written many award-winning books, including <i>Never Forgotten</i>, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book; <i>Porch Lies</i>, an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book;<i> The Dark Thirty, </i>a Newbery Honor Book; <i>Let My People Go</i>, recipient of the NAACP Image Award; and <i>Mirandy and Brother Wind</i>, a Caldecott Honor Book. Her other books include<i> The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll, Goin’ Someplace Special</i>, and <i>Precious and the Boo Hag</i>. Patricia and her husband, Frederick McKissack, are the recipients of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Who Illustrated The Honest-to-Goodness Truth

Giselle Potter

Giselle Potter has illustrated many books, including Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne, an ALA-ALSC notable book; The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner; and Cecil the Pet Glacier by Matthea Harvey. She is the author and illustrator of Tell Me What to Dream About and This Is My Dollhouse—both inspired by her daughters—and The Year I Didn’t Go to School, about traveling through Italy with her parents’ puppet troupe when she was eight. Giselle also illustrates “Ties,” a weekly column in the Well section of The New York Times. She lives in Rosendale, New York, with her husband and two daughters.

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