Illustrations and simple rhyming text describe how a child grows from ages one through six. In this new version of can Goldie help it if everyone she invites over is too bossy or too boring or too snobby? In this follow up to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, numbers take over an apple tree, rather than letters tumbling from coconut tree branches. When Greedy Badger decides to keep the honeycomb all to himself, instead of sharing it with Honeyguide Bird, he is chased through a pond, over an anthill and through a landscape of many exotic animals where something waits to teach Badger a valuable lesson.
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day. Daisy the duckling becomes so engrossed in playing with dragonflies and lily pads that she temporarily loses her mother. In asking her mother and father to tell her about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart. When you were young, did your mother tell you not to jump on your bed, and then offer the reason that you might get hurt?

In The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups and The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups: The Second File, David Wisniewski reveals the real reasons behind the good behavior you were carefully schooled in.
David Wisniewski's varied past includes an early love for comics and vibrant storytelling, clowning for Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and Circus Vargas, and creating his own business, Clarion Shadow Theatre. Dining with Spiders: A behind the scenes look at Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Ovo’When Cirque du Soleil does something, they do it right and they do it big. The bestselling authors bring us this celebration of the love and joy a baby brings into the world.
Shadow puppetry came in handy when he settled down to write and illustrate children's books after his son and daughter were born. I'll mention three fantastic books that have engaged 2nd graders on up to adults to write creatively, share their stories with each other, and then perform their polished tales to eager listeners. It wasn't until he was lucky enough to meet a friendly bunch of elves that Santa found his true calling . Funny, tender, and altogether exuberant, here is the heartwarming story of how one special child - and a wonderful family - is born.

Perhaps you were the incorrigible kid who refused to comb his hair, later to be told in no uncertain terms that it was necessary to contain the haystack on your head in the name of neatness.
He passed away in 2002, but his illustrated fiction lives on as a testament to his great talent as a children's writer and illustrator. You can find his books at the Gail Borden Public Library, the Poplar Creek Public Library, the Schaumburg Township District Library, and the Bartlett Public Library. My students have had more fun working together and honing their ELA skills while celebrating their products through storytelling! I've included a few examples of "tall tales"  my 4th grade students created from David Wisniewski's The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups.

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