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The Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups: The Second File Hardcover – July 31, 2001
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
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Sometimes I use this book to illustrate more serious issues. Conflicting agendas: When a family has a problem, the parents and the children often define the problem differently and have different hopes for the outcome. Power differences: Young children may see adults as having secret information and mysterious conversations behind closed doors. This book helps parents and kids look at these issues gently and laugh about them. This may soften the way toward discussing a family's conflicts and differing points of view.
The illustrations are excellent detailed cutouts. They are bold and dramatic. He makes use of multiple textures to give the cutouts a 3-dimensional fee. Some of the pictures are "gross." If you pick your nose, your brain may deflate. But the "gross-out" factor is funny, not scary or violent.
I get the sense that the author must be a funny, kind individual. I wish he could come to my son's school to teach a class on cutout art.
Highly recommended for people of any age.
Peruse the pages of this wildly creative take on the hidden truth behind the rules grown-ups impose on children and you will find the answers to such conundrums as why kids are always being told to eat their vegetables (millions of years ago man-eating vegetables ruled the earth and eating them became a necessary means of preventing vegetables from regaining power) and to drink their milk (doing so in fact stops atomic cows from exploding - read book for fascinating details!).
Other truths finally revealed include why kids are told not to blow bubbles in their milk, not to play with their food, not to jump on beds and not to bite their fingernails. A great addition to your home library (or one you can borrow from your local public variety) if you have anyone under ninety-nine living in your house who has an imagination and likes to laugh.
When you're through reading Wisniewski's uncovered truths, you might want to do a little sleuthing of your own (and feel free to send me your discoveries). After all, I'm still waiting to have a few things explained to me, like why everyone constantly worries kids will spoil their appetite when they're always hungry anyway, and why picking up toys is so important since they just wind up right back on the floor the following day? And what about that washing-behind-the-ears thing? Who looks behind other people's ears? And how about eating the crust of your bread, and then how about -- well, you get the idea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with enticing pictures. Really silly and kids loved it!Published 2 months ago by ryan michels
GREAT GREAT GREAT BOOK! Extremely funny and has enough content to make an entire unit out of. You can do geography, math, literature, science, EVERYTHING! Read morePublished 8 months ago by AS
I didn't actually read it. I just like that the author & I have the same name!Published 9 months ago by David M Wisniewski
What a fun book to help teach creative writing in the elementary grades!!Published 12 months ago by connie hudson
I used this as a mentor test for various writing strategies in my classroom. It also tied in nicely when I used a detective theme in my classroom.Published 13 months ago by Cinderella
Great book to add to your classroom library. I am looking forward to adjusting it to my classroom and creating classroom books with it :)Published 13 months ago by Steven Hoerger