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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 20L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press; First Edition edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054514311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545143110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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IT'S CHRISTMAS, DAVID!

What luck this book arrived a few days before Christmas. What fun for me to sit on the couch with my three year old Paige snuggled next to me as we read the current adventures of David -- on Christmas morning together!

As usual, David is a little stinker and it being Christmas time is no exception. David is playing with tree ornaments, looking for his presents, sneaking cookies, being a bad little boy! And Santa is watching, but David just can't help himself.

On one page we saw David streaking down the street dressed only in a Christmas hat! When I asked Paige if he was being a bad boy she said YES, YOU SHOULD ONLY RUN AROUND NAKED IN YOUR HOUSE! Out of the mouth of babes!

Does David get presents from Santa for being a good boy? Or has David been so bad that he receives nothing but a big old lump of coal? Read the book with your babies and find out!

As usual, the illustrations are wonderfully life-like and definitely kid oriented. David's facial expressions speak volumes. My personal favorite picture was of David in his pajamas looking out his window into the night, searching for the man in red. What a great book to give to those kids in your life any time of the year, but especially at Christmas time!

David is always a joy to bring into your house.

Thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pam
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We own all of the previous David books, and my daughter was thrilled when this latest addition arrived. David is up to his usual antics, although with a holiday twist. Plain, simple language and bright eye-catching illustrations capture the essence of how hard it can be to be on one's best behavior when tempted by all the holiday fun and goodies. David plays with the ornaments on the tree, snitches cookies, and runs bare (almost) through the neighborhood. I think the author does a wonderful job of showing that even when a child tries so hard to be good, it's really hard sometimes. Some parents may be less than thrilled with the writing of his name in the snow or the fact that even though he's been naughty all year, in the end Santa comes through with a pile of Christmas goodness. However my daughter and I have always thought that the overall message of the David books was love and acceptance; in the end, he's loved no matter his faults. It's not my favorite of the David books, but my daughter rates it 5 stars.
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The "David" books are simple books about the mischevious boy named David. The original featured him getting in trouble at school. This features David wreaking lovable havoc at Christmas. The kids dig it. The "David" stories aren't big on plot, just entertaining scenarios for the kids. If your kids loved the first David book, get it. If they thought it was so-so, check it out from the library.
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I have 2 boys, a 6 and 9yr old. We've been reading the "David" series of books by David Shannon since my oldest son was around 2 or 3 yrs old. When this was offered to me from the Amazon Vine program, I just KNEW that my kids (yes, even my older one ) would enjoy it and it was perfect timing that we received it when they were on their Christmas vacation. If you aren't familiar with the "David" series of books and you have children in your life that you like to read to or buy books for, I HIGHLY suggest that you check out some of the other books from David Shannon for year 'round reading and of course this one for Christmas time.

The books are illustrated like a child would draw and written with very few words that even a young child understands. "David" is a precocious little child who 'sneaks' Christmas cookies meant for guests & Santa, has an EXTREMELY long Christmas wish list for Santa, gets caught playing with ornaments as they are adorned up & down his arms as his (Mom) scolds him saying, "Those are NOT toys!" (my boys got tickled at that one). He does everything that a little boy (and many girls) WOULD do or would WANT to do and in the end has a nightmare in this book that Santa won't come to visit him for being too naughty. Much to his delight (and my children, of course) David wakes on Christmas morning to see that Santa has in fact come to visit him. In some of his other books, at the end the day of doing to many 'naughty' things and being told, "NO" by his Mom, he is riddled with guilt and tells his Mommy that he's sorry.

There are very little words on each page but the illustrations of what David is doing and the expressions are what carry these books so much.
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Short sentences -- this is a book of few words. Even so, my daughter thoroughly enjoyed having it read to her while she laughed at the detailed illustrations. She loved it. I only gave it four stars because I didn't feel it had much substance.
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Christmas is coming and everyone keeps saying, "No, David!" From peeking at presents to taking too much time with Santa at the mall, David just can't get it right. Just when he is starting to expect a lump of coal, David wakes up on Christmas morning to find out that it was all a dream. Children ages 3 to 6 will enjoy the fun and humor of this Christmas story.
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