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No, David! Hardcover – September 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Caldecott Honor Book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590930028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590930024
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Parents will be quick to jump to the conclusion that there can be nothing appealing in a tale of an ugly kid who breaks things. And certainly--from that adult perspective--there's something off-putting about the illustrations of David, with his potato head, feral eyes, and a maniacal grin that exposes ferociously pointed teeth. But 3- and 4-year-olds see things differently, and will find his relentless badness both funny and liberating. "No, David," wails the off-stage mother, as David reaches for the cookie jar. "No! No! No!" as he makes a swamp out of the bathroom. "Come back here, David!" as he runs naked down the street. Each vivid double-page illustration is devoted to a different youthful indiscretion and a different vain parental plea. Readers will be amused to know that the protagonist's name is no accident: award-winning writer-illustrator David Shannon wrote the book after discovering a similar effort that he had made, again with himself at the center of each drawing, at the age of 5. (Ages 3 to 6) --Richard Farr

From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Both my 2 year old and 3 year old daughters love this book!
L. Fine
The story is very simple but it is exciting to read and the illustrations are hillarious!
My boyfriends daughter loved this book the first time I read it to her.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Deborah D Gossell on February 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I found No, David! three years ago while teaching a special education class for preschoolers with Austism. I was certain that I would receive a response from reading this book to them, as how many times are they told "NO"! Being a speech language pathologist I did expand on the dialog, saying what David was doing wrong. The students would paraphase the dialog with the same intonation or melodic intonation (scolding) I had used. We even wrote books about No, David!, doing inappropriate acts in our class room. It's amazing how well this book worked as a "social story". Many bad habits were reduced. Best of all, when I read "Come here, David" my students would come up to get a hug. This was the most verbally requested book from my students with Autism. At reading free choice, they would look at the pictures and preread using the dialog. I currently run a preschool special education preschool program for children with speech, language, and learning delays and start off the Fall reading No, David to decrease bad social behaviors. My students 3.0 to 5.0 love this book. I also give this book as a baby present.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Mauk on April 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a Kindergarten teacher and a lover of children's literature, I can tell you that No, David! is a very special book. This story does not need a lot of words in order to be captivating. Instead, it grabs the reader because it so accurately depicts the spirit of the child. Children will be children, and what to them is great fun, to an adult can be a definite no-no. It is through David's innocence, and his precarious foothold in the world, that we are instantly transported back to our own childhoods, where we too had to learn that there were consequences for our actions. I can't imagine that there is a person out there that cannot identify with the round-headed, gap-toothed David.
No, David! is one of those rare books that helps young children believe that they can read. Part of learning to read is memorization, and little ones quickly remember the exact words on each page of this book that they love to look at over and over again. And of course, there is no need to ask which page is their favorite. You'll know it when you see it, and when they see it, they can't stop laughing!

David Shannon has created several more entries in his "David" series, but for sure, the original is a modern children's literature classic.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Moore on November 4, 1999
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I am a volunteer reader to three classes of second graders. This book was read and (by popular demand) re-read to each class - over two months ago. Since that time, I have shared many, many excellent books with them. Not a week passes that they do not ask for this book - sometimes in the middle of another story! Before I leave the classroom, they often ask,"When are you going to read us 'No,David' again?" and then proceed to retell their favorite parts of the story. They absolutely LOVE this book and are fascinated with the wonderful drawings of David and his world. They definitely identify with David and the childhood travails of living with Mommy's NO! Ah, but the wonderful ending that has nothing to do with that awful word....
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By littleimp on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
UPDATE: This book seems to be everywhere - they read it in preschool but luckily my son is now 3.5 and loves it now! He thinks its hysterical. You definitely have to be the right age for this book.

Ok, now I have a "No David" problem in my house. The first time we read this book to my 2.5 year old son he completely freaked out and started bawling his eyes out. We were totally taken aback at this reaction from our normally happy and inquisitive toddler. The content (David engaging in bad behavior and having his mother say NO) combined with the scary pictures really upset him. Unfortunately, even though we have tried to put this book away and not read it again and have also tried to reassure our son that even when David does things he shouldn't do his mommy always loves him, our toddler is still - weeks later - both fascinated with and terrified by this book. He is always asking about David, saying things like "David played ball in the house", David was broke his toys, etc. etc., he wants to talk about David all the time. Unfortunately, the couple of additional times we tried looking at it with him (on the theory that if he was obsessed with it anyway it would be better to look at it with him and reassure him again rather than just hide it from him, which might be more upsetting and confusing) the same thing happened. Like a scary movie that you can't get out of your head, this is what "No David!" is, at least for my toddler.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Willis on November 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My four-year-old twin boys read this book over and over again! They recite the "No, David!" story in the car, in the store, in the tub, and just about any other place! Every child (and adult!) can relate to this story...we've ALL been David! It's a wonderful book for teaching kids to read and recognize words. I have recommended this book to all of my friends with preschool age children.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BookJunkie on April 29, 2004
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All of our young children have days like David's. Some of our children have lives like David's. David does a series of typical toddler no-nos like writing on walls and trying to steal cookies. The text consists almost entirely of "No, David!" but the illustrations speak volumes. They appear crude, but for all of that they are strangely realistic. And they convey very well the awkwardness of toddlerhood.

There was definitely something in it that spoke to my youngest child. When my youngest was two and a half, he would sit in my lap to allow me to read No, David! to him -- would go find the book and give it to me to read to him --and pointed out all the details in the pictures with me. He still finds this book hilarious, and he's five years old. If you want quiet time with your rambunctious child, offer him this book. Allow your child the opportunity to read about a little boy who also has trouble behaving like Mommy wants him to.

But does this book encourage misbehavior in toddlers? Does it Give Them Ideas? Does this subversive book give toddlers ideas about new ways to rebel against parents? Is this book visual proof of bad parenting? Such concerns presuppose that toddlers misbehave on purpose. In fact, the world is a frustrating place for toddlers, who crave and fear independence from mommy, and have the same wants we do without a lot of the physical competence we have, and who are only just learning impulse control. This book empathizes with these impulses, but does not encourage them.

The illustrations portray the consequences of childish misbehavior in a way that toddlers can hear it, and the humor in the book is exactly the ultraviolet brand that parents of toddlers -- and their toddlers -- need.
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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.

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