No, David!

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The Caldecott Honor-winning classic by bestselling picture-book creator David Shannon!

When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were these words: NO, DAVID! . . . and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do.
   Now David is all grown up. But some things never change. . . .

Over fifteen years after its initial publication, NO, ...

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Overview

The Caldecott Honor-winning classic by bestselling picture-book creator David Shannon!

When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were these words: NO, DAVID! . . . and a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do.
   Now David is all grown up. But some things never change. . . .

Over fifteen years after its initial publication, NO, DAVID! remains a perennial household favorite, delighting children, parents, and teachers alike. David is a beloved character, whose unabashed good humor, mischievous smile, and laughter-inducing antics underline the love parents have for their children--even when they misbehave.

A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

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Editorial Reviews

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
Newsweek
Kids won't be able to resist the rough-and-tumble David['s]...monster 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590930024
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 19,533
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Shannon

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

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Absolutely amazing book!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    My 3 Year Old Son's FAVORITE BOOK

    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. =)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    My 2 year old LOVES this book.

    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...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    Excellent book--I keep hearing the word "No" echo in m

    Excellent book--I keep hearing the word "No" echo in my head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Both my son & I LOVE this story

    This is must for any child's collection.. show's no matter how much a child is told no they are still loved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    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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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Got this book for my 5 year old son for Christmas and it has bee

    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&N!

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

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    cute read ...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book for preschoolers...esp. boys!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    cute

    This book is my two year old exactly! He loves it! Mainly because he can relate to everything that David gets in to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2011

    No David!

    No David! DVD
    No David! Book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2010

    A must read for young children !!!!

    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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  • Posted August 11, 2009

    Excellent children's book; highly recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2009

    My son loves this book!

    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.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    No,David! By David Shannon

    This book was the funniest I have ever read, so please read it!!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    No, David! is a favorite

    My kids enjoyed this story when they were younger, so that was the reason I included it in a gift for new parents.

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  • Posted November 24, 2008

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    A great easy reader!

    It seems that David is nothing but trouble in this colorful tale. But Mom loves him no matter what mistakes he makes, which makes this a great book for those times when a child feels like they're nothing but a bundle of mistakes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    What I liked and did not liked about the book

    The book simply show what most kids typicly like to do,and that is to disobey their parents. David deffenetly look like majority of kids today, who not really want to obey his mom. Although book try to let children know that your mom loves you nomater what, yet it does not teaches any lesson to the children. Its ok book, but it would be not one of my best chooses in children literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Have you ever had to say 'NO!'

    Award-winning author David Shannon is best known for his ¿No David¿ books, and with reason. In general throughout these books little David gets into trouble constantly for one thing or another. For example, in No David, David has been getting into trouble all day. He has just played baseball in the house and broken a vase and table in the living room. ¿NO DAVID,¿ his mother says to him, ordering him to sit in the corner. What does David, our little trouble magnet do while he¿s supposed to be in time-out? He draws all over the walls. When reading the books you continually want to know what David will do next. Shannon¿s illustrations seem to be full of expression, like you are watching David jump off the page. It looks as though little David did the drawings himself. The illustrations look like pencil drawings, and the perspectives are also very childish. For example, little David¿s head and face are a lot larger than the rest of his body. But don¿t let David¿s trouble making keep you from sharing the fun and exciting books with your children. There is a moral to these stories, which is, sometimes children make mistakes and you have to tell them ¿NO.¿ In the end they learn what to do and not to do and they still know you love them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    No, David! is a picture book and was chosen in 1999 as a Caldecott Honor Book. This is a story about a little boy named David who is constantly getting in trouble. It seems the only words his mother says are ¿No, David!¿, ¿Come back here, David!¿, ¿David! Be Quiet!¿. However, at the end of the book you see how much the mother really loves her son and that she has a few nice words for him, as well. I absolutely loved this book as a mother of a 4 year old I can relate to every picture in this book. The illustrations will make you laugh out loud! This book would be appropriate for ages 3-7. My four year old was very amused by the pictures in this book. David Shannon is both the author and illustrator of this book. When Mr. Shannon was five years old he wrote and illustrated his first book. One every page were the words, ¿No, David!¿ and pictures of all the things David wasn¿t supposed to do. That was the inspiration for this book. He has also written and illustrated books such as How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza, an American Bookseller Pick. David Shannon grew up in Spokane, Washington and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Heidi, and their dog, Fergus. Shannon, David. No, David!. New York: The Blue Sky Press, 1998.

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