Sometimes in REAL life, keeping to the facts is hard for Eli. Eli has a knack for telling fibs and an occasional whopper. But when Eli's dog Duffy gets banished to the backyard, Eli learns at least one reason for telling the truth!

To help parents get the facts straight on fibs, lies, and whoppers, included is a Note to Parents by Mary Lamia, PhD, a clinical psychologist who works with adults, adolescents, and preteens.

About the Author

Sandra Levins lives in Burlington, Iowa with her husband Jim and stepson Kevin. Their ever-growing family includes adult sons, daughters-in-law, and two precious grandchildren, Zoey and Payton. Having guided four sons to adulthood, with a teenager on the brink, Sandra thinks a Lie-O-Meter might have come in handy a time or two!

Sandra is the author of Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story For Little Kids About Divorce and Do You Sing Twinkle? A Story About Remarriage and New Family, also published by Magination Press.

About the Illustrator

Jeffrey Ebbeler has been creating art for children for almost a decade. He and his wife, Eileen, both attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati. They currently live in Cincinnati with their twin babies Olivia and Isabel. When he's not busy painting, Jeff is drumming!

Reviews & Awards
  • Gelett Burgess Children's Book Honor Winner
  • Mom's Choice Award for Children's Picture Books (Gold)

Eli's Lie-O-Meter: A Story About Telling the Truth is a humorous children's book about what can result from stretching the truth to unrecognizable limits. Wonderful, wild, fantastical illustrations reveal the great capacities of the Lie-O-Meter to help bring Eli's dilemmas about appropriate truth-telling into focus. Eli is a great hero for kids to identify with in this self-explanatory tale, and humor is nearly always one of the best teachers. An additional note to parents at the end of Eli's Lie-O-Meter by Maria Lamia, clinical psychologist, helps explain how children perceive distinctions between telling truths and untruths, and reinforces the idea that parents are role models in truth-telling, and it is more effective to "stress the importance of being honest rather than focus on the child's dishonesty."
The Midwest Book Review