The feisty and adorable little star of No, David! and David Goes to School returns, but this time, the young rascal finds his voice, telling us all his favorite excuses for when he gets in trouble.
David always has a special line up his sleeve, as we watch the mischief maker in action. Whether it's "I couldn't help it!" after making faces during a class picture, "I was hungry!" following a tasting of Doggy Yums dog biscuits, or "But Dad says it!" after an apparent slip of the tongue (he gets a mouthful of soap bar), David tries deflecting his hijinks, like any kid expert in the art of shenanigans. But when sad and sorry feelings well up -- and David offers an apology -- Mom is there with a loving touch, and the reassured boy drifts happily off to sleep.
In this simple yet hilarious look at trying to diffuse punishment and forgiveness, David Shannon's funny hero simply takes the cake. You can't help but love him despite all of his goof-ups, especially with Shannon's distinctive loose-lined artwork, which is chaotic but heartwarming, just like David himself. A perfect discussion beginner for little troublemakers at home and a slam-dunk storytime read-aloud -- there's no excuse not to pick up this winner. Matt Warner