Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: The LIEography of Harry Houdini The Absolutely Untrue, Totally Made Up, 100% Fake Life Story of the Worlds Greatest Escape Artist by Alan Katz


"This is the funniest book I've read since Dan Gutman's My Weird School series."--Dan Gutman
Fans of Captain Underpants and the Wimpy Kid series will love the silly, slapstick comedy in the parody The LIEography (™) of Harry Houdini. Get ready to split a side and roll on the floor laughing with Alan Katz's satirical look at history's greatest escape artist.
Magic is magical. And humor is humorous. Put them together and what have you got? Nothing… unless you read The LIEography (™) of Harry Houdini. And when you do, you’ll be giggling and laughing faster than you can say, “Presto Chango!” Readers everywhere agree: this is the funniest book ever written with this title!
You have to say “The Great” Harry Houdini. You have to. Really. It’s just the way it is.Because if you do leave out “The Great” when talking about him, strange things happen. Seems mystical, almost crazy, to be sure. But recent history shows that if you don’t add “The Great” to his name, you might have trouble talking, or even typing.
Find out what else didn't happen in The LIEography of Harry Houdini!
More about the series:
Perhaps you’ve heard that Babe Ruth “called his shot” before hitting a mammoth home run. Or learned about Columbus’s voyage to prove the earth was round. Maybe you’ve been told of the triumphs of people such as Thomas Edison and Houdini.
You may know some of the facts about these legendary figures.
But you’ve never been able to read their totally made up, absolutely untrue, 100% fake life stories. Until now.
Listen, why just focus on the historical…when you can have a whole series about the hysterical?
And that’s the whole idea behind…LIEographies.
Each edition of LIEographies hilariously examines the outrageously fake lives of the greats. Read a LIEography and you’re sure to want to read another…and another…and another. (And chances are you’re also gonna want to read the true stories of these amazing folks!)

I enjoyed this book as much as The LIEography of Babe Ruth.

In The LIEography of Harry Houdini, we get to learn about the fake life of one of the greatest magicians ever.

This book is just as silly as the Babe Ruth one. Since I'm more well-versed on Harry Houdini than Babe Ruth, this time around, I was able to spot the things that the book did have in common with Harry Houdini's life. It's not that close, but there are enough grains of fact here that the story works.

The story is pretty funny and as long as you don't take it too seriously, it's well worth a read.

Thanks to NetGalley and INscribe Digital for the e-copy.


  1. The book is funny.
  2. It's a good introduction to Harry Houdini.
  3. It encourages readers to learn more about Harry Houdini.


  1. You don't really learn much about Harry Houdini's actual life.

You don't ask a master chef for her special ingredients - you simply enjoy her meat loaf.

  1. You are a fan of Harry Houdini.
  2. You like funny stories.
  3. You want to introduce your kids to Harry Houdini.




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  1. I may have to look at these, but I'm not quite sure what their purpose is. Perhaps, as you said, to encourage students to find out more about the person. I love biographies but am just not sure about these.

    1. Yes, the book was pretty silly. It's something that may appeal to young boys especially, but it's not for everyone, I think.


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