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Caldecott-winning author David Wisniewski turns parental admonishments and lessons on hygiene into silly bits of fun by making up wacky explanations for why such rules should be followed. In The Second File, Wisniewski picks up where The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups left off, tackling such everyday grown-up dictates as washing your feet, brushing your teeth, cleaning under your bed, and avoiding junk food. But young readers no longer have to accept the boring explanations grown-ups provide for why these things are important. Wisniewski puts his own amusing and twisted spin on the rules and reports on them using a secret-agent format that only adds to the fun.
Young readers will no doubt delight in learning about the secret society of creatures that can evolve from dust bunnies lurking beneath a bed and how intrepid explorer Dr. Harold Wilberforce launched a series of disastrous dust bunny expeditions. Equally intriguing are rabble-rousing teeth who throw loud parties, have brawls in the streets, and stage regular uprisings if they aren't brushed regularly. Then there are the vegetable gardens that grow up between your toes if your feet aren't washed, which not only makes you look ridiculous but pretty much guarantees you won't be able to find shoes that fit. Grown-Up Rule #51 says you shouldn't stay in the bathtub too long, but it's not because you'll get cold like the grown-ups tell you. It's because you might develop the dreaded syndrome TBS. And Wisniewski takes great delight in explaining what TBS is and providing some comical examples of people who fell victim to this curse.
Wisniewski's colorful cut-paper illustrations give the pages in The Second File a wonderful three-dimensional look that's highly eye-catching. In addition, the book's top-secret file format offers plenty of page-turning cliff-hangers and amusing mental images (the descriptions of Wisniewski's disguises and missions ought to generate more than a few giggles.) Learning about neatness and good hygiene should always be this much fun. (Beth Amos)