Book Summary:

No, David by Shannon David is a children’s picture book about a boy named David that is constantly repremanded for naughty behavior on every page of the book except for the very end when he recieves a hug from the person that has been repremanding him (likely his mother) throughout the book.

APA Reference:

Shannon, David (1998). No, David! New York: Blue Sky Press.


Overall I found this book to be quite funny and probbably a good learning experience for small children. The artwork is wonderful as it is full of rich and bright colors and is done in a style that seems simple and somewhat child like, but is actually very complex. The pictures are done using acrylic paints and prisma color penciels according to the author.

Professional Review:

“In this boisterous exploration of naughtiness, Shannon (How Georgie Radbourne Saved Baseball) lobs one visual zinger after another as David, a little dickens, careens from one unruly deed to the next–coloring on the walls, tracking mud all over the carpet, jumping on the bed in red cowboy boots. Meanwhile, all those timeless childhood phrases echo in the background: “”Come back here!”” “”Be quiet!”” “”Not in the house, David!”” and most vigorously–“”No!”” Shannon’s pen whisks over the double-page spreads in a flurry of energy, as he gains perspective on an image of a bare-bottomed David cavorting down a quiet suburban street or closes in on the boy’s face as he inserts a finger into his triangle nose, his button eyes tense with concentration, and perfectly round head looming larger than the pages. While Shannon gives David the purposeful look of a child’s crude drawings, his background settings (the kitchen sideboard, a toy-littered TV room) are fully rendered, effectively evoking the boy’s sense of displacement. This dead-on take on childhood shenanigans ends on a high note, with the penitent David (he broke a vase with a baseball) enfolded in his mother’s arms as she assures him, “”Yes, David, I love you.”” Readers won’t be able to resist taking a walk on the wild side with this little rascal, and may only secretly acknowledge how much of him they recognize in themselves. Ages 2-up.” – Publishers Weekly (1998, Aug. 31).

Library Uses:

This is an excelent children’s picture book that could be used to help teach small children lessons about following rules and behaving by using David’s misconduct as an example of what they shouldn’t do and then having the kids tell why what David did was bad.


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