This is one in a series of books about David, a young boy of African descent, in which he faces and solves a specific problem. Although this book is set in Australia and originally published there, readers in North America will recognize themselves in the character and situations that David faces. Following on the heels of a story where David is caught in numerous lies, this books begins with David's mother announcing that if he lies one more time, he will lose his beloved dog, Boris. This gets David's attention and he is determined to always tell the truth. The result is that now he is getting in trouble for telling nothing but the truth. During math, he laughs when a classmate makes a face behind the teacher's back, but what will he do when the teacher asks him what was so funny? If he tells a lie, he will lose his dog, and if he tells the truth, he will get his best friend in trouble. At the last minute, he saves himself by faking illness. However, life continues to present him with similar dilemmas; telling the truth can often get him in as much or more trouble than telling a lie. Finally, his parents recognize that David needs to know how to sometimes bend the truth, when to tell the whole truth, and when to keep some things to himself. Written humorously with realistic characters, the book packages an important lesson with a creative story. The pictures are rendered in cartoon style, decorating the borders of the pages. The use of various text styles, bold, italics, and exaggerated fonts within the actual storytelling distract the reader's eye and take away from the meaning of the text. The story and artwork on the borders are strong enough to stand without these added textualeffects.
When Karen Tayleur was growing up, her father told her many stories about his own childhood. These stories continued to grow. She says, "I always enjoyed the retelling, and wanted to create a character who had the same abilities with 'bending the truth.' " And David Mortimore Baxter was born! Karen lives in Australia with her husband, two children, two cats, and one dog.
Brann Garvey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Keegan, their dog, Lola, and their very fat cat, Iggy. Brann graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He later attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration. In his free time, Brann enjoys being with his family and friends. He brings his sketchbook everywhere he goes.