From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–Christmas gives more opportunities to admonish the irrepressible David in this familiar story that nonetheless feels fresh with the added holiday trappings. Temptations abound as the beloved rascal attempts to track down hidden presents, snitches cookies, presents his lengthy wish list to Santa, and stays up late with his face pressed up against the window on Christmas Eve. Cheekier moments include a recurring scene from the first book of David heading for the horizon clad only in a winter hat, mittens, and boots, and his name written in telltale yellow letters in the snow. Emotions are easily conveyed, from David's hyper anticipation, to his very real fear that maybe his behavior makes him unworthy of Santa's attention, to the comforting and blissful endpage.Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library
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Christmas comes to the David series in the form of new temptations for this lovable wild child. But the pleasures of trying to peek at presents and snitch cookies are tempered by the discomfort of a formal holiday dinner and the nightmarish fear of receiving a lump of coal from Santa. The pithy text is hilariously illustrated in dramatically composed, richly colorful illustrations. Echoing No, David! (1998), Shannon even re-creates the memorable summer scene of naked David leaping joyfully down the sidewalk, this time comically clad in just boots, mittens, and a knitted cap. An unusually funny read-aloud for Christmas. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan