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No, David! (David)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  37,072 Ratings  ·  1,881 Reviews
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.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Blue Sky Press
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Jun 21, 2009 David added it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Oh yes. I've read other people's reviews of this book. I understand that it's pure catnip to Jasons, Ethans and Rebeccas throughout the land. But until now, one perspective has been conspicuously absent. So let me try to rectify that.


Why? Let me count the ways:

1. The book's message is uniformly nihilistic throughout. Instead of being taught to embrace life in all its infinite variety, the feral, razor-toothed, wolf-child is subjected to a constant stream
Jan 07, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing

My daughter has me read No, David to her all the time. She giggles throughout the entire book. Perhaps it has something to do with the part where little David runs out of the house naked. LOL!
Aug 25, 2016 Roya rated it really liked it
Shelves: quite-good
A classic among children's books, this book never ceases to amuse me. David distinctly reminds me of my brother when he was an innocent blond. Here's one memory of his countless antics.

I've always wondered what kind of person David would grow up to be. While I have trouble envisioning a teenage David, I doubt he'd be identical to my brother. Still, I can't imagine that they'd be markedly different. All in all an endearing book.
Mar 01, 2017 Stacy rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite children's stories, probably because it reminds of me of my oldest son when he was small. David seems prone to get in trouble, and even though he seems to have trouble behaving, his mommy loves him unconditionally. We love the illustrations; my grand daughter got the biggest kick out of the one where he has escaped down the street after his bath, running butt-naked. : )

“No, David!” is David Shannon’s first book of the “David” series and has won the Caldecott Honor Book Award, which it richly deserves that honor. This book details the adventures of David being bad while his mother continually tells him: “NO, DAVID!”

David Shannon’s first attempt at making the “David” series is truly a masterpiece to this very day. David Shannon’s writing style is memorable as he writes in a simple preschool format that is easy enough for readers at a young age could relate to a
Ryk Stanton
Dec 18, 2016 Ryk Stanton rated it it was amazing
My 2-year old son insists I give this book 5 stars. I myself would give it three ... maybe even 2 since David is told NO so often without explanations of why or attempts at redirection ... but this is the one book my son brings to me time and time again. I literally read it to him 6 times today. He's adorable when he reads along with me. So I guess that any book that gets such love from my 2-year old deserves 5 stars. :)
Travelling Sunny
Jun 20, 2013 Travelling Sunny rated it it was amazing
My middle son's favorite book as a child. The little stinker - he especially loved the part when David ran naked down the street to avoid a bath. We giggled and giggled everytime we read this book together.

Man! I miss when my boys were little.
Jun 09, 2009 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone with rambunctious pre-schoolers
Shelves: children-s
Great series for 2-5 year olds. My nephews loved to hear (and see--terrific illustrations) the many ways naughty David got in trouble. But no matter how bad David was, by the end of the book he knows that Mommy still loves him.:)

Also consider the follow-ups David Goes To School, and David Gets in Trouble.
You'll cringe at David's antics, and be thankful that your child isn't that bad!:)
Love the colors, the drawings, love the reality of it!

This weekend I asked a guy if he'd read this book to his son and he informed that no, he hadn't because it was too violent or scary or something.
David has jagged teeth that's true but, violent? scary? not so much.

so I'm kind of giving this book 5 stars because when ever I see it I'll think wow there's is actually a parent out there somewhere that is even more neurotic than me. And let's face it feeling superior in parenting for a ch
Mandy Crider
Jan 20, 2016 Mandy Crider rated it really liked it
Not my favorite David book. Again cute illustrations and the little boy in the story is cute and onrey.
Leah Robinson
Jan 29, 2013 Leah Robinson rated it it was ok
I know this is a widely popular book and to my surprise I was not to fond of it!
The story shows David, a young boy constantly getting in trouble and in the end shows his mother, hugging him and stating she loves him. I did not like this book for many reasons.
The first reason was that his mom just keeps saying no or stop it, or something of that form; there is never a reinforcer or punishment. The second reason was that in addition to him not getting in trouble his mom just says "yes David, I lo
Jul 10, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I have to add this Caldecott award winner to our children's favorite books. Another wonderful David book, it had many things which both my 5 yr old and twin preschoolers could relate to. Almost every page had them wide-eyed with disbelief that there could be another kid out there that wants to get into the same trouble they do. The pictures were enchanting and colorful and were enjoyed by our entire family, including grandma today. By the end of the book, my twin 3 yr olds were all saying "No Da ...more
Andy Jun
Mar 06, 2016 Andy Jun rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me of a certain someone...
Dec 27, 2015 Tyreese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this because I wanted to complete my good reads goal ha ha!! *Cheater*
Aug 25, 2016 Negin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
This was our son through and through. I can't believe that he'll be 17 in a few months.
Jan 11, 2011 Baylie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!!! This is the first picture book I have read since probably fourth grade and oh my gosh it made my day!!!! When you get into middle school you always have to read classics and poems and novels. But I think if every once in a while you read a childrens book then it would put a smile on your face. I like this book because it reminds me of when I was a little girl and I would do weird things like David does and my mom would always tell me NO! or stop that right now but in the e ...more
Barry Mchugh
May 12, 2012 Barry Mchugh rated it it was amazing
No, David! By David Shannon
This story is about a young boy called David who is constantly being told the word NO! Each new page shows a picture of David doing something he should not be doing like writing on the wall, reaching the cookie jar, stepping in the mud etc. This story is amusing for children while reminding parents about what it is like to be a mischievous boy who is constantly being told no. David may not be your picture perfect child but will give you and the children you read it to
Callie Rose Tyler
Great for storytime. Lots of opportunities for interaction with the repeating refrain of 'No David'. Kids love it, they think it is hysterical.

I use it to talk about rules and lead into talking about what is and isn't okay to do in the library.
Oct 01, 2010 N_Colleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a story of a bald trouble-making boy named David. Babies to children aged 6 will be captivated by his bad decisions and countless misfortunes as David’s mother scolds him for his naughtiness page after page. Each vivid double-page illustration portrays a youthful childhood indiscretion that children will find hilarious. Readers will see David climbing up the counter to reach for the cookie jar, running naked down the street, and what happens when you play baseball in the house. Children ...more
Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy
Sep 22, 2013 Elizabeth Kysa Sedivy rated it liked it
Shelves: families
This book by David Shannon had minimal text, but the illustrations fill in all the other details the reader/s may need. David, a boy who is consisting getting in trouble from his mom acts out and in the illustrations it shows what and where he is doing stuff. The images are unrealistic looking, but because of this is makes the book unique in the illustrator drew them adding to David’s character. David has a triangular nose and a few pointy teeth, he is not scary looking but more comical than any ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Tc rated it really liked it
The reason I like this book is that children can relate to the story. David gets in trouble over and over and hears "No!". Every child can relate to this, whether the destruction is intentional or not. Children always enjoy this book, and I often see them sitting independently looking through it. This book is great for discussion on when we get in trouble, what we can do when we mess up, or other choices we can make that may keep us from getting into trouble.
Jul 20, 2008 Dolly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents reading to their children
I love this story! Helps tell a story of what not to do in a fun way. Helps generate discussion between parents and children about right and wrong. And how, no matter how much you get in trouble, your parents will always love you.

We've borrowed this book several times and the girls just love it!
Lindsey Bishop
very few words. Tells the story through pictures. Shows kids what not to do!
Ana Paula Lelis
Jun 01, 2016 Ana Paula Lelis rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I wasn't enjoying that much, but at the end I could like it. The message behind it is very beautiful.
My younger son loves all of Shannon's books. I can definitely see the appeal, and they're fun to look at, but they're not my favorites.
Apr 01, 2017 Rylie rated it it was amazing
No, David! is a great book for young readers, a hilarious story of a boy who is always being told no. David is found doing everything from stealing cookies from the cookie jar, to playing with his food, overflowing the bathtub, being too loud, or trying to fly. He is always pushing the limits, him mom having to constantly tell him “No, David!” One element of the text that stood out to me was the style of the font. The words are not polished or typed; they look like a child has written them in pe ...more
Kiwan Lear
Apr 01, 2017 Kiwan Lear rated it it was amazing
No, David! Is a coming of age story written by David Shannon about a young boy, David, who is always being told no or in one way or another to stop doing what he's doing. The book is extremely relatable for almost anyone who reads it and has a nice heart warming finish.
I really enjoyed this picture book, although the book had very little text it got its point across using the very limited amount of words and great pictures. The reason the No, David! book was so good to me is because it was so r
Kaetlin V
Apr 01, 2017 Kaetlin V rated it liked it
Written by David Shannon, No, David! tells the humorous narrative of a boy who gets into various hijinks. From writing on the wall to running down the street without any clothes on, his mother always scolds him exclaiming, “no, David!” Shannon’s picturebook shows that a mother’s love for her child overcomes everything, even after all of David’s shenanigans. I think the general idea of the picturebook is sweet and clever and the illustrations are beautifully drawn; however, it gets a bit repetiti ...more
There are so few words but so much tension, emotion, and room for imagination in this brightly illustrated picturebook.

Little David seems to really enjoy causing trouble, and his pointy-toothed smile makes him look quite evil:

So I was quite surprised how much I liked this little guy by the end of the book!
Remi Thorn
Apr 01, 2017 Remi Thorn rated it it was amazing
No David is a book written by David Shannon its about a little boy who is always breaking the rules, David would jump on his mothers furniture and chew with his mouth open! Completely Full! Yuck! Worst of all he broke his mothers favorite vase. His mother would always say “No, David!” in hoping he would stop! David was just a trouble maker at heart. The setting of this story takes place in a typical home, one that many people can relate to because there is messes everywhere and crazy kids! In th ...more
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David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared ...more
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