Lies We Tell Our Kids

From acclaimed artist Brett Wagner comes a book about the tall tales that parents tell their kids in the hopes of getting them to do something—eat, sleep, apologize to their sibling, or learn to do something the right way. Fun, heartfelt, and a little bit weird, Lies We Tell Our Kids exposes the not-so-great generational parenting tactic of lying to your child for the greater good!

Brett Wagner is a Pittsburgh-based illustrator and filmmaker with a penchant for puns and visual anomalies. A generalist by trade, he works mostly in commercial video production, while his short narrative film All Raccoons Are Bandits has been screened internationally. When not on set, he spends most of his time with a box full of Copic markers drawing colorful creatures for himself and others.

My Review

OK, I read others opinions of this book and while I understand that this book would not be appropriate for kids, I do feel like it would be fine for readers starting at twelve to thirteen years old. I don't feel like the pictures were that gruesome. I have seen worse from graphic comics and Sponge Bob.

In fact, I thought the illustrations were eye catching and funny. They really portrayed the humorous side of the "lies" that kids have been told. I could relate to some of the "lies". The illustrations were like the cartoon character pictures you purchase on the boardwalk or a carnival. So, some of the pictures were a bit scarier then others but again nothing that the older reading audience can't handle. If you don't have a humorous side, then you may not enjoy this book. It is meant to poke fun at the "lies".


The monster under your bed just wishes she could read.

Bats are just birds dressed up for Halloween.

The toothpaste ghost haunts your plague.

Frostbite comes from ice cold wolves.

Abe Lincoln used a VR headset to simulate the Civil War.

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