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David Shannon
Interview
In 2002, David Shannon took some time to answer our questions.

What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
When I was eight, I read The Boy's King Arthur, Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth. It introduced me to Wyeth’s paintings and opened my eyes to book illustration.

What are your ten favorite books, and why?

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Funniest book I have ever read and powerful too.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I’m a sucker for “the underdog vs. society”. I like Sometimes A Great Notion too.
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Anything by Dickens.
  • The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss. I like stories about events that start small and gradually get way out of hand. I think that this book has influenced my own writing.
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. I still remember where I was when I finished it – the school bus.
  • John Adams by David McCullough. It turned the foundling fathers into real people and helped me understand and appreciate how this system of ours came about.
  • The Baseball Encyclopedia. My favorite reference.
  • The Sea-Wolf by Jack London. An exciting adventure and I like the philosophical debate.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I love stories that create a whole world, especially one with a little bit of an edge.
  • A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean. Beautiful writing and subjects that mean a lot to me.
Who are your favorite writers?
Charles Dickens – I love his great characters (and their names), his understanding of human nature and his sense of redemption and retribution.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My hobbies are fly fishing, playing guitar, and playing baseball. I am a big baseball fan.

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In the Works
Shannon says he is working on a book about pirates.

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Chronology
*The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza, 1995
*A Bad Case of Stripes, 1998
*No, David!, 1998
*David Goes to School, 1999
*How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, 2000
*The Rain Came Down, 2000
*Duck on a Bike, 2002
*David Gets in Trouble, 2002
*Alice the Fairy, 2004
*Good Boy, Fergus!, 2006
*Pirates Don't Change Diapers, 2007