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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: David
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; Library Binding edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590480871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590480871
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

David, the out-of-control monster-child from David Shannon's Caldecott Honor Book No, David! is back... and ready to disrupt the class. Shannon remembers the word "no" all too clearly from his childhood, and, as he says in his introduction, "It seems that kids haven't changed much over the years, and neither have school rules, some of which date back even further than the invention of sneakers." In David Goes to School, young David shows up late to class, goes wacko at the blackboard, chews gum in class, yells answers out of turn, pulls pigtails, stares out the window, cuts in line, has a food fight ("I don't care who started it!" says the teacher), lingers at recess, and draws on his desk. Colorful, hilarious, childlike illustrations examine our strangely appealing demon-boy at eye level, which is especially disgusting as David stretches an enormous mass of bubble gum from his pointy-toothed maw. After an intense day of exuberant misbehaving, however, he stays after school and washes all the desks until they sparkle. The day ends with a gold star and a pat on the head... something that any child (or adult) would find satisfying. (Click to see a sample spread. Copyright 1999 by David Shannon. Courtesy of Scholastic, Inc.) (Ages 2 to 6) --Karin Snelson

From Publishers Weekly

He's b-a-a-a-c-k! And better than ever. The rascal first unleashed in No, David! returns to wreak havoc in the classroom. Whether he's goofing off at the blackboard ("Sit down, David!"), cutting in line at the cafeteria ("Wait your turn, David!") or drawing on his desktop ("That's it, Mister! You're staying after school!"), David is clearly a handful. But when his teacher gives him a chance to redeem himself by cleaning the desks at the end of the day, he rises to the occasion ("Good job, David!") and receives a gold star. Shannon foreshadows trouble right from the title page: the teacher stands in front of her desk, feet firmly planted, arms crossed and looming so large that her shoulders, neck and head don't make it onto the page. As in the previous book, the adult voice provides the text, but her person is confined to the periphery of the action. David, meanwhile, with his round head, triangle nose and wide grin of pointy teeth, is the pinnacle of boisterous boy-energy. His antics take center stage visually while his teacher's words act as the perfect foil for each spread. After David cuts the cafeteria line, for example, the next illustration shows food splattered all over the walls, floor, David and the boy who was formerly at the front of the line; the two boys point at each other and the text reads, "I don't care who started it." The exaggerated shapes and slightly cartoonish poses of an array of students in all-too-familiar situations will have youngsters crowding together over the book at recess. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

DAVID SHANNON is the illustrator of many successful picture books, including How I Became a Pirate. His numerous awards include a Caldecott Honor for No, David! He lives in Burbank, California.

Customer Reviews

David is always getting into some kind of trouble!
Kay P
This is a cute book for children, the illustrations are very cute, and the book is easy to read.
Sandra Weaver
These books by David Shannon are so funny for children.
Denise

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By scottmax on September 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am surprised at the great number of rather poor reveiws for this delightful book. First of all, the book is geared towards first time school-goers who are just learning the ropes of good behavior in a school setting(and may be having a hard time of it!). Many children find it difficult to behave properly in school - not all children are perfect little angels in the behavior department. As a former teacher and currently a classroom volunteer, I have noticed many young students getting scolded for the many things depicted in this story - things such as not raising you hand before speaking, not paying attention to the teacher, etc. If your child is acting up in class, I think this book might be helpful in demonstrating what is and is not acceptable at school. At the conclusion of the story, David finally learns how to behave properly and is rewarded with praise. I think this is a positive lesson! If your child does not have any behavior issues, you may not relate to this book as much as the parent/teacher who is trying to reach a disobedient child. The pictures are bright and colorful and despite some of the previous reveiwers' comments, I don't think that children reading this book wuld assume that the bad behaviors depicted in this book are something to imitate. I think the message is clear: You will be scolded for bad behavior, praised for good.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I picked this one off the shelf at our book fair, I about fell over laughing. Simplistic? Absolutely. But dead-on. I have at least one new "David" in my Firt grade class each year, and this is the book I'll be dragging out every September as a kick-off to our discussion on what appropriate behavior entails. With one line of text per page, don't expect a reading workout for your child, unless they are at a very early stage in reading. But plot is not the purpose here. We're talking humor and reassurance. My six year olds can personally relate to David's flaws, and they can appreciate the message that comes at the end: we love you anyway.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever told yourself, "There's got to be a better way!"? Perhaps you have met many Davids and Davitras during your professional educator experiences. Read David Goes to School and I'm sure that you will find a better way for students in your classroom to take ownership of your classroom and school rules. David is a happy and energetic student. He moves through a typical day of school activities seemingly without regards to how his behavior affects those around him. David's teacher guides him firmly through the day while keeping his positive self-esteem in tact.
Teacher Note: This story affords teachers the opportunity to build vocabulary, develop classroom rules and consequences, discuss the need for both class community/school community rules and practice conflict resolution skills. Let's remember as educators to dwell on the positive and not on the negative exhibitions of our students. Have a Great 2000-2001 School Year!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lynn on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My two boys, 2 and 3 1/2, LOVE "No! David!". They start laughing on the first page, and are delighted all the way through. This second book just isn't funny for this age group, with the exception of just one or two pages. I think that my children, who thoroughly enjoy the naughty antics in "No! David!", and probably relate to them, just don't understand what David is up to in his "big kid in school" setting (arriving after the bell, cutting in the lunch line, having to use the rest room repeatedly, etc). If possible, borrow the book from the library and see if your child appreciates David's new situations before purchasing the book. For an older child, it may be one to read over and over.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 16, 1999
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I mainly bought this book because my little son is named David, but it quickly became a favorite in our family. My older children 9,7 and 4 also love it. It doesn't matter how many times we all read it, we still laugh out loud every time. Adults I have shown the book to cannot get through it without laughing either! I recommend this book to evryone, not just parents of children named David because everyone has a 'David' at one time or another!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marisa Nitsch VINE VOICE on May 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for kids 3+. It teaches them the good and the bad side of things. Along with Stellaluna this is my son's favorite book. He is 4 and can read it on his own! He loves it so much it encouraged him to read and learn the words. He can relate to David with the things David does and reaction by the teacher. Great book, surely one to invest in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after owning No, David!. I bought this book in a paperback version. I love this book as do my kids! David is back only he is now getting into trouble at school. The first book showed my kids proper manners or suffer the consequences for lack of them. It also depicted love at the end. This story follows the same type of storyline. This time he is creating havoc at school! Children should be familiar with the word, "NO!" and find this story very funny! I love the David Shannon illustrations. Kids love it because it is from their perspective on life! It shows that the teacher cares no matter how much she yells at David. I plan to get the David Gets in Trouble too! My son loves this book because he just entered Kindergarten and is learning to follow directions and rules in "big" school! Definitely worth getting!
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