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No, David! Hardcover – Student Edition, September 1, 1998
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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
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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.
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My 2-year-old LOVES this book. I don't see the appeal, as it contains about 20 words total that are some variant of "No, David!" but my son loves it so much that it deserves 5 stars. The other day, I caught him "reading" the entire book to himself, and at the end, when he read, "Yes, David. I love you," he blew himself two kisses. So adorable. Pictures are very rich and well done.
I read it to my grandson (who is 3.5 years old) and we talk about the silly things that David is doing and how he should not do them. My grandson giggles a lot when David takes off in his birthday suit (only shown from behind.)
In the end, even though David has been talked to about his behavior and has even been sent to his room, he is told that Yes, I love you. When we get to that part, I tell my little one I love him and he tells me the same.
This author has a board book called “Oh, David” which I like for younger children.
So we didn't use NO! too much and opted for a Stop! or his name or Hey! and an explanation. Our son has started yelling NO! in tantrums and is now taking to reprimanding our dog for petty offences, which is secretly cute. We're correcting it, and it happens very rarely now, and I am not blaming this book because he'd pick it up any little bad behavior anywhere at anytime and it's our job to correct it, but I just wanted to share that little tidbit if you are also dealing with a defiant little 3 year old struggling with his or her independence in this great, big world.
If you haven't read it, the gist of the book is that the main character David is drawn in situations where he has crossed a behavioral boundary, and in response his mom reprimands him by saying, "no, David."
I highly recommend this book.
Book Paddy sent the book out promptly as promised, with protective package and in excellent condition.
Illustrations are great and writing is perfect for the younger kids 2-4.
Because the text is short but the illustrations clear and child-like, it is a picture-book that facilitates discussion. I picked this book up from the library when my daughter was 2, and at that age, she was unable to understand the humor and to verbalize what David was doing. Now, a year later, she loves to tell me what David is doing in each picture and why his Mommy is telling him to stop.
As a parent, I love the irony: my child, who struggles with the same curiousities and temptations as David, explaining to David in her 3 year old voice, "No! We don't throw balls in the house!"