David Goes to School
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David Goes to School

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by David Shannon

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A light-hearted companion to the Caldecott Honor Book "No, David!" Davids activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!" Full color.


A light-hearted companion to the Caldecott Honor Book "No, David!" Davids activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!" Full color.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Dianne Ochiltree
Oh no! The hero of Shannon's award-winning book, No, David! is at it again, and this time he's in school. Does David's teacher ever have her hands full! We follow David through his school day--as he runs in the hallways, chews gum in class, forgets to come in from recess, and does many other things that only David could or would. Children will find a kindred spirit in David, the boy with a monster talent for getting into trouble, in this good-natured, read-aloud hardcover book. The wonderfully wacky illustrations are drawn from a young child's visual point of view, too. The pages are filled with high-energy lines and eye-popping color. Teachers, parents and kids will all enjoy renewing their friendship with spiky-haired David in his latest adventure.
Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A pesky though enthusiastic young scholar exasperates his teacher but wins her over with his unexpected charm. Filled with sophisticated stick figures and colorful backdrops, the exuberant paintings depict a boy who's in a class by himself. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 David is back! In his very traditional school, he is expected to follow all the rules. He can't run in the halls, cut in line, call out, or swing his paintbrush around. Drawing on his desk is the final straw, and although minor punishments have already been given out, it's time for him to stay after school. In a punishment that fits the misdemeanor, he has to wash the desks. He does a stellar job and is rewarded with his teacher's words of praise. David is a lovable character whose emotions flow across his round face. With a minimum of lines, Shannon shows glee, sorrow, anxiety all of the familiar David emotions and those of the other students as well. On one double-page spread where David is looking out the window and letting his imagination roam, he is told to "PAY ATTENTION!" He is, of course, paying close attention to the clouds. Run out and get several copies of this high-spirited school story. Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kim Hubbard
David is older but (thankfully) no wiser in this charming sequel to last year's acclaimed No, David!


Kirkus Reviews
The poster boy for relentless mischief-makers everywhere, first encountered in No, David! (1998), gives his weary mother a rest by going to school. Naturally, he's tardy, and that's but the first in a long string of offenses—"Sit down, David! Keep your hands to yourself! PAY ATTENTION!"—that culminates in an afterschool stint. Children will, of course, recognize every line of the text and every one of David's moves, and although he doesn't exhibit the larger-than-life quality that made him a tall-tale anti-hero in his first appearance, his round-headed, gap-toothed enthusiasm is still endearing. For all his disruptive behavior, he shows not a trace of malice, and it'll be easy for readers to want to encourage his further exploits. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
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Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David Shannon is the internationally acclaimed creator of more than thirty picture books, including NO, DAVID!, a Caldecott Honor Book and his second NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book of the Year. In addition to three more David picture books, Shannon’s bestsellers include TOO MANY TOYS; HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL (newly released in 2012); A BAD CASE OF STRIPES; DUCK ON A BIKE; ALICE THE FAIRY; and GOOD BOY, FERGUS! A native of Spokane, Washington, he is an avid fisherman. He and his family live in California.

Brief Biography

Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)
B.A., Art Center College of Design

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David Goes To School 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Booksmama More than 1 year ago
My boy girl twins aged 3 love all of the David books.My oldest son now 9 loved these books at their age. Poor David he's always getting into mischief and consequently in trouble. But in the end his Mommy and Daddy let him know that no matter what they love David. This series definitely is a great example of the unconditional love between parent and child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2 year old has memorized the book and loves to read it when guests come over. Can't wait to get the other books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is hilarious because it's so true to reality, it makes me chuckle because it reminds me of myself as a kid. I am buying this book for my nephews - I just hope it doesn't give them any ideas about classroom misbehavior. :) Also I LOVE the illustrations. They are beautifully colored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David goes to school is one of my most favorite book. NO DAVID!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A good teaching tool
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My son loves the 'David' books. He reads them over and over. The illustrations are fantastic. Repetition of words are great for early readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There's only one word for this book... HILARIOUS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a great book for somone just learning to read.I got it for my granddaughter, and she just adores it. It has been with her every time i've seen her in the past 2 months. She received it as a fifth birthday present. I recommend it for any youngster just learning to read.