Books by David Wisniewski

SUMO MOUSE by David Wisniewski
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Three cheers for the mightiest mouse since, well, Mighty Mouse, who now looks so last-millennium. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Stronger than the Incredible Hulk, more agile than Spiderman, purpler than Barney, here's Sumo Mouse, mysterious, masked protector of Japanese mousedom and thunder-thighed bane of feline malefactors everywhere. Read full book review >
HALLOWEENIES by David Wisniewski
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"If the stories were not devoid of plot, older readers might like figuring out the puns and plays on words. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A painful, comic retelling of five horror movies. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Still, middle-grade kids seem to eat this stuff up, and this will likely move briskly, especially where the first has had success. (Picture book. 7-11)"
Since the publication of The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups (1998), Wisniewski has been dodging the law while continuing his lonely crusade to expose the truth behind those meaningless grown-up rules. Read full book review >
MASTER MAN by Aaron Shepard
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Pull this one out to read to a group of wiggly kids, and show them the power of a masterful picture book. (author's source notes) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Caldecott Medalist Wisniewski is clearly the "Master Man" of paper-cut illustration, powerfully demonstrated again with the delightful illustrations for this traditional tall tale from northern Nigeria. Read full book review >
TOUGH COOKIE by David Wisniewski
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The puns are numerous, but good, and visual details'such as the map of the Jar, a wanted poster showing the shadowy outline 'Fingers,' and more—guarantee lots of giggles for onlookers young and old. (Picture book. 4-10)"
PLB 0-688-15338-0 Sometimes the way the cookie crumbles is a saving grace, particularly in this clever spoof on a hard-boiled detective tale, set inside the cookie jar. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1998

"Even the children in the age group that finds all references to body parts and bodily functions funny may be dumbfounded, though they will appreciate the painstakingly detailed cut-paper creations that depict, for example, a boy's face being sucked into a glass of milk. (Picture book. 6-11)"
PLB 0-688-15340-2 Wisniewski (Golem, 1996, etc.) satirizes the myriad rules that grown-ups impose on children, from eating vegetables and combing hair to refraining from nose-picking. Read full book review >
DUCKY by Eve Bunting
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

Even with the considerable talents of Bunting (Moonstick, p. 1108, etc.) and Wisniewski (Golem, 1996), this first-person news-based story of what happens to a plastic bathtub toy when he and the other 28,999 tub toys in his crate are washed overboard during a storm at sea doesn't quite make the transition to the picture-book form. Read full book review >
GOLEM by David Wisniewski
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"A fact- filled final note concludes this mesmerizing book. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
The much honored cut-paper master (Sundiata, 1992, etc.) turns his attention to a retelling of the story of the Golem, created by a chief rabbi, Judah Loew, to defend the Jews against the ``Blood Lie'' (that Jews were mixing the blood of Christian children with the flour and water of matzoh) of 16th-century Prague. Read full book review >
SUNDIATA by David Wisniewski
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A splendid resource; a fascinating meld of biography and legend. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7-11)"
The dramatic story of a Malinke prince who overcame infirmity (as a child, he was lame and unable to speak), ridicule, palace intrigue, and a seven-year exile to become the savior of his people when Mali was attacked by a neighboring kingdom. Read full book review >
RAIN PLAYER by David Wisniewski
Released: Sept. 23, 1991

"A strong adventure that will appeal to a broad age range. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A unique artist again creates a substantial original tale based on folkloric traditions, meticulously explained in an extensive note. Read full book review >