As an American writer and illustrator, David Wisniewski was most celebrated for his children���s books. Wisniewski���s signature cut-paper technique in Golem
won the 1997 Caldecott Medal for illustration. His other notable books include Tough Cookie
, The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups
, and Halloweenies
. Before writing and illustration, Wisniewski spent time as a circus clown and formed a puppetry theater show with his wife, Donna Harris. Wisniewski was born on March 21, 1953, and he died from an unknown illness on Sept. 11, 2002 in Alexandria, Va.