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No, David!

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by David Shannon

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When author and artist David Shannon was five years old, he wrote a semi-autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother's rules. He chewed with his mouth open (and full of food), he jumped on the furniture, and he broke his mother's vase! As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was "No, David!" Here is his story.  See more details below


When author and artist David Shannon was five years old, he wrote a semi-autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother's rules. He chewed with his mouth open (and full of food), he jumped on the furniture, and he broke his mother's vase! As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was "No, David!" Here is his story.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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.
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
Poor David. He is constantly doing things that elicit stern words of discipline. He hears "No, David!" when he walks over white carpet with muddy shoes and when he climbs a chair to reach the cookie jar. His mother tells him to "Settle down!" when he gets too rowdy in his room, and to "Come back here!" when he runs up the street without clothes on. Surely, this is how life must seem to a spirited child-always being scolded and always being held back. But David's mother does love him. The book ends on a high note with a mother's reassuring hug and words of love and a smile on David's face.
School Library Journal
In this ode to bad and boisterous little boys, a resourceful and inventive young David wreaks havoc in every room of the house and even runs down the road nude. He reaches too far for the cookie jar, tracks in too much dirt, bangs too loudly, and creates a potato head with string-bean arms and chicken legs instead of eating his dinner. He even sticks his finger up his nose farther than anatomy would seem to allow. The text consists mostly of his mother saying, "No, David," or variations thereof. Finally, a broken vase leads to banishment to a chair in the corner and a tear on the cheek, which leads to a motherly hug and the best affirmation of all--"Yes, David...I love you!" The vigorous and wacky full-color acrylic paintings portray a lively and imaginative boy whose stick-figure body conveys every nuance of anger, exuberance, defiance, and, best of all, the reassurance of his mother's love. This book is perfect for reading aloud. Children will relish the deliciously bad behavior and the warm and cuddly conclusion. -- Susan Pine, New York Public Library
Kids won't be able to resist the rough-and-tumble David['s] talent for getting into trouble.
M.P. Dunleavey
...[A] hilarious compilation of toddlers' wrongdoings....Parents might weary of the chastising tone....Children...will recognize immediately that they have found a kindred spirit. -- The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
This autobiographical (according to the author's note) story from Shannon (A Bad Case of Stripes) features a young hellion, also named David, who is forever at the receiving end of a sharp "No!" Among his prime escapades: overreaching for the cookie jar, excavating his nose, tracking mud on the carpet, pounding pots, playing with food, making a naked escape from the houseþclassics all. "That's enough," his mother shouts, and other familiar adult admonishments show up as wellþbe quiet, come back here, go to your room, settle down, stop that this instant, not in the house. This last comes as David prepares for a little indoor hardball. Does he listen? Does he break a vase? Does he get sent to the corner, nose to the wall? Readers or listeners will be gripped by this episode right out of their own lives, through to the stray tear, the look of contrition, and the moment of redemption: "Davey, come here. Yes, David I love you." The illustrations are wonderful, full of good-time trouble-making tomfoolery, borrowing on the energy of children's drawings and the determined strokes of their early attempts at lettering. David is a small, snaggle-toothed piehead whose mischief—for those who don't have to clean up after him—is nothing short of exhilarating.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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4 - 8 Years

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No, David 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
        Saddening vitriol. Oppressive sadism. Overt authoritarianism. These are only three of the seemingly endless descriptors which come to mind when I think of David Shannon's literary abomination No, David, a so-called &quot;children's book&quot; which chronicles a day in the life of David, a reckless and young rapscallion whose disobedience is matched only by his ugliness. An egregiously one sided dissertation on morality, No, David fails to educate children properly; rather than providing discourses on the importance of individuality and the occasional right to act as we please, Mr. Shannon chooses to depict a strict, borderline-Stalinist system of right and wrong that will surely hinder the development of our society's youth. The indoctrination starts off somewhat subtle, but it isn't long before the story begins its inescapable descent into a fascist propagandist's pleasure read. The protagonist's mother stands poised on the first pages with her hands placed firmly on her hips, undeniably epitomizing the stern authority and powerful bureaucracy under which young David suffers.  &quot;No, David!&quot; she vehemently screeches as the poor little boy tries to sneak a cookie out of his household's cookie jar. She wails similarly degrading comments toward her child as he plays with a potato, eats with his mouth open, frolics in the nude, and even as he trails a slight quantity of dirt inside their home. Yet, the most disturbing aspect of this book does not lie within the verbal brutality of the meek child's mother, nor does it lie within the poor illustrations which look as though they were done by a man suffering from PCP withdrawal. Instead, it lies in Mr. Shannon's intentions: to instruct other people's children how to live their lives in orderly and proper fashions.  Why is it that David can't jovially jog around his neighborhood, naked as a newborn? What's keeping him from throwing caution to the wind, voraciously devouring that last cookie? Or, better yet, why should David not be able to do something so simple and innocent as play in the mud? Mr. Shannon's argument is that David can't do these things because his mother, the iron-willed, malevolent dictator from Hell, says so. &quot;No, David,&quot; she exclaims repeatedly, each time with more spite and hatred in her voice than ever before. As mothers and fathers around the world lazily regurgitate Mr. Shannon's views to their susceptible and unknowing children in an attempt to domesticate them, the rates of obedience may very well go up; however, this is not a good thing. Friedrich Nietzsche once said that it is the utmost responsibility of humans to &quot;become who you are&quot; -- that is, to discover your true self and allow him or her to flourish. This is exactly what a children's book of this sort deters. In a universe where our very existence is transient, children should be taught that it's ok to do what makes them happy; existentialist philosophy is no less prominent today than it was during centuries past, and so long as people are able to recognize the consequences of their actions they should be able to do as they please. In sum, No, David is undoubtably the most poorly written and morally perverted piece of literature that a naive progeny of absentee parents could legally stumble upon. That being said, any parent who would knowingly purchase this book for a child should immediately seek psychiatric help. It should be avoided at all costs, and burned upon confrontation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book did a wonderful job of addressing behavior problems at a young age. David has trouble finding things to do that are not going to get him in trouble, so his mother is often telling him &quot;No,David!&quot; David reminds me of my siblings. 7 of them have special needs and are often doing or saying things that they should not. It is difficult for my mom to keep herself from just repeating &quot;no!&quot; to them. I think that children like this book because they can relate to David. No matter what stage of life a child is in, they will, at some point, feel as if they are constrained by people telling them &quot;no&quot;. It is important for children to know that this guidance is for their own good. A child needs to understand that sometimes adults make mistakes as well. This book does a great job of showing a child how they are similar to David, and hopefully it will help them see why adults sometimes get frustrated with them. A key lesson that needs to be taught when reading this book to your child or student, is that correction is not always a bad thing, and regardless of how many times they cause trouble, you are still there to help and love them.   
FunFiction More than 1 year ago
Excellent book--I keep hearing the word &quot;No&quot; echo in my head.
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This is must for any child's collection.. show's no matter how much a child is told no they are still loved.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must have! Both for little boys and girls. Although there are not many words to the story, little ones are totally entertained by the bright, funny illustrations. Expect a bunch of giggles!
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liznicknes More than 1 year ago
Got this book for my 5 year old son for Christmas and it has been his favorite book ever since. He has already memorized it and it has sparked his interested in wanting to read. Thank you for recommending it B&amp;N!
Shanella More than 1 year ago
How many ways can you say, ¿No!¿ to a toddler? This book shows you a few, and then some. This endearing little book is great for parents and children to read together. The images are amusing and the story touches on something that parents and kids will always share, the word, no.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my two year old exactly! He loves it! Mainly because he can relate to everything that David gets in to!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes a great gift for a 3-5 year old boy. Grandparents can get a lot of mileage out of this story!
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nileriver More than 1 year ago
No.David ! is a Caldecott award winning book that kids would love because it takes you on a funny zany adventure of a young boy who gets into chaos around his house getting into trouble with his mom by doing crazy things , and touching stuff that he know he shouldnt be doing . He makes the reader feel that they are in his crazy world getting into mischeif with him !!! So i highly recomend this book to kids to read because they will just love it and want to read more david books !!!
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Sammark More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my grandsons, ages 2 and 5. They love it and want it read over and over. It teaches such a wonderful lesson. The lesson that no matter what you do, Mom will always love you!
SHELLI28 More than 1 year ago
Every night he wants to read this book! He LOVES it and laughs every time. Very easy read! It's a good one to share a laugh with your 2, 3, or 4 year old sons....they think David's pretty funny and they see themselves in David so it's just a fun book to read and have a little laugh with your kids type of a book. =)
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Whatever410 More than 1 year ago
My daughter started reading the "No, David" series of books at school. When she started quoting the book at home, I decided to buy one for our home library. She asks to read this book at least once a day. We use David's bad behavior as a way to teach our daughter lessons we want her to remember: chew your food, no coloring on the walls, etc...
aebonham More than 1 year ago
My six year old nephew found this book at the public library. He loved it so much that he read it over and over in the back of the car on the way home. The text of the story is short enough that a beginning reader can read it independently, but it also makes a great story time book that an adult can read to a child. The story is about a small boy who seems to get into trouble constantly, but despite all of the scolding he gets from parents, teachers, etc., the message reinforced here is that he is still loved and that he is in many ways a very typical little boy. The design of the book and its illustrations are superb and work together with the text to deliver a wonderful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son's teacher was reading this to him at daycare and he LOVES this book! I had to buy it for him and now we read it all the time. It is a very cute and touching book and is just right for little boys who have the knacj for getting into trouble. Great book to read out loud and for kids to interact with.