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David Gets in Trouble (David)

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  14,098 Ratings  ·  331 Reviews
"No" and "David" were the first words David Shannon learned how to spell. Shannon's Caldecott Honor Book No, David! is based on a book he made as a child showing a kid doing all the things he isn't supposed to do. In the sequel David Goes to School, it turns out that teachers say no, too. And in this third picture book, it's David's turn to talk back.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 2003 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 2002)
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Mandy Blair Crider
David seems to be quite the troublemaker! He's always getting into mischief and getting caught. He's pretty silly. My daughter loves these books!
midnightfaerie
Jun 20, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This is our second David book and we've read enough to know we all love these. My 2 yr old twins and 5 yr old could both get into this book, even though it was very simple reading. A youngster who seems to always get in trouble, there isn't any instance in David's life that at least one of my three children couldn't relate to, with either themselves or each other. They find him fascinating. The illustrations are bright and imaginative and so also keep their attention. This is a win-win all aroun ...more
Eva Leger
Mar 01, 2011 Eva Leger rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: julias-books
My only problem here - and it's a big one for me - was the lack of text. I like my books with/for Julia to have some story to them and this is lacking to say the least.
The illustrations are Shannon all the way, along with the meat of the story but the surrounding parts - well, there just are none.
It's not even really a "story" but a few sentences put to pictures.
I'm sure there are people that prefer this kind, I don't and Julia doesn't either.
I suppose this would probably make a cool book fo
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Rachel Rouleau
Minus one star for David's creepy Jack-o-lantern teeth.
Michele Stephenson
This book sooo reminds me of what took place in my own household. When my husband and I had our third child, we moved my 4 year old daughter into my 8 year old sons bedroom. Boy oh boy was that tragic!! It seemed like everyday they were at each others throat.

The main character in this book is Alex, who has a new baby sister and now has to share a room with his younger brother. Alex starts to write humorous letters to his mom and dad about how he needs his own room.
Finally, dad gives in a helps A
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Araceli Aispuro
David is a young boy who just can't seem to keep himself out of trouble. He has a million different excuses for everything he does wrong. Sometimes he just doesn't mean to, we all know that accidents happen all the time, and it's ok to forget things every now and then. But one night David realizes he's been making up too many lies and excuses. Finally David decides to apologize to his mom for all the that he trouble he has caused her.

I have compared this book to other books I have read. This bo
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Zoraya Brown
This story is a great opening to talking with children about their own times of getting in trouble and how they reacted. We would discuss alternative actions to their behaviors and good vs. bad behavior.
Gianni Llano
Jan 15, 2015 Gianni Llano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it's great how the author used such a creative font and illustrations that will make the children connect instantly.
Mary
David is irresistibly quirky! My 6 yr old grandson LOVES this book!
Dana Keiper
Feb 21, 2016 Dana Keiper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Shannon's David Gets in Trouble is about a little boy named David who really doesn't want to get in trouble, but usually finds himself in trouble more often than not anyways.

I find it interesting that despite the cover not being a wraparound, the picture frame in the upper left corner of the dust jacket makes it seem like the image is going to continue onto the back cover because the colors used in the landscape painting are used as the background of the back cover. It's almost as if the
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Kaitlyn Ramirez
Feb 21, 2015 Kaitlyn Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaitlyn Ramirez

David Gets in Trouble
By: David Shannon

It’s funny to see how little kids will eventually open up about what kind of trouble they got into when parents are constantly asking them did you do this. In the book David Gets in Trouble, David the main character gets into all this mystify and tries to blame it others around him or make up an excuse as to why he did something bad. The trouble this kid gets into is what typical kids do on an everyday basis. He gets into the snacks before di
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Syndi Flores
Sep 17, 2014 Syndi Flores rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book follows a day in the life of a little boy named David. Throughout the day he is always doing something that gets him in trouble. For example he repeats a bad word that he claims his father says and taking a bite out of the cake. For each thing he does, David comes up with a new lie like "I forgot" or "But she likes it." Children who read this book may connect with the book since David is little too. The writing and the drawing look like a little kid did everything. This really helps the ...more
Julie
Sep 13, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: predictable
David Gets in Trouble, by David Shannon, tells a sequence of events of David’s wrong behaviors. He forgets to put on his pants for school one day and then proceeds to tell his teacher that his dog ate his homework. At the end of the story he confesses and says, “Yes! It was me!” and apologizes for his behavior.

The cover shows David sitting in time out and the back has many clocks to maybe represent all the times he has spent in time out. The illustrations show the many expressions of David throu
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Hailey Phay
Sep 10, 2014 Hailey Phay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this story is about David, hes a very mischievous boy who gets in a lot of trouble but always has an excuse up his sleeve. through out the story we get to see some of the trouble that David gets in to like: making silly faces in his school photo because he couldn't help it, "forgetting" to wear his pants, saying his dog ate his homework... and so on. the book really shows examples of trouble kids get in to and the excuses they use. this makes the book very relate able. but in the last couple pag ...more
Kathryn Herbert
Sep 08, 2014 Kathryn Herbert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Gets in Trouble is a storybook written and illustrated by David Shannon. The main character, David, is a young playful boy who tends to get himself in trouble a lot based on his actions. Despite that, he manages to always come up with excuses for what he does wrong. Throughout the storybook, David expresses his personality in a fun, naughty, and interesting way. What I mean by this is that David does silly things like “forgetting” to wear his pants to school, refusing to eat his eggs for b ...more
Kassidy Pine
The picture book David Gets In Trouble is exactly what the title exemplifies. The young boy David goes through and daily routine getting in trouble by an adult that is not identified until the end. He continually makes excuses for when he makes mistakes such as saying “No, it wasn’t me”.

The illustrations play a large role in the picture book. With the artist utilizing two pages for every picture, the acts of David are clearly displayed. Without those pictures the text could have a number of dif
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Emily Nunez-Eddy
Sep 08, 2014 Emily Nunez-Eddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Gets in Trouble describes the daily routine of a young boy, David, who seems to be always getting in trouble. He spills juice, burps, and refuses to eat his veggies. Regardless of the situation, David has something to say about it — whether it’s “no, it’s not my fault!” or “it wasn’t me!”.
In these ways, David seems like the typical child. He eats cake when he’s not supposed to, refuses to eat his vegetables, and makes excuses for just about everything. The book continue with page after
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Tory Haberman
Sep 05, 2014 Tory Haberman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Gets In Trouble by David Shannon is a book that every child and adult can relate to. It is about a young boy named David who is always doing something wrong. Throughout all his wrongdoings and accidents he creates, he always has an excuse to take its place. From "Excuse me" as David burps aloud to "It was an accident," as he breaks a window, David makes one mischief after another. That said, in the end, he apologizes to his mom for all he had done that day and says "It was me" and "I love ...more
Emily Scott
Apr 22, 2014 Emily Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Gets In Trouble is another book about a young boy named David. In all of David Shannon's books that have David as the main character it seems as though he is always doing something wrong. He responds to all of the things he does wrong or accidents he causes with phrases such as "It wasn't me" or "She likes it" when he pulls a cats tail, "It was an accident" when he breaks a window from hitting a baseball, "Do I have to?" when he has to eat his veggies and "I forgot" when he forgets to wear ...more
Michaela George
David is a young boy who just can't seem to keep himself out of trouble. He has a million different excuses for everything he does wrong. He knows they are wrong but somehow seems to keep getting himself in sticky situations. Sometimes he just doesn't mean to, other times it’s not his fault. We all know that accidents happen all the time, and it's ok to forget things every now and then. But there is a point that he realizes that he needs to stop doing these things and start to listen to his mom. ...more
Allison Linsey
David Gets in Trouble

Caldecott Honor artist and bestseller David Shannon make readers laugh aloud when young Spencer's mountain of toys becomes overwelming. A story with universal appeal

"When David gets in trouble, he always says . . . 'NO! It's not my fault! I didn't mean to! It was an accident!'" Whatever the situation, David's got a good excuse. And no matter what he's done "wrong," it's never really his fault.

Soon, though, David realizes that making excuses makes him feel bad, and saying he
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Oksanna Scheidt
David Gets in Trouble is a classic with any family that has a younger child. Hearing the word "No" is a hard thing to comprehend at such a young age and it feels like that is ALL David hears. "No chewing gum... David not in class!" That is all he is being told throughout the whole book but by the end he does something right and receives praise for it. Way to go David!

Reading this to my sister over, and over, and over, and over again can be a little tiresome but worth it because David Shannon is
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Heather Langendorff
David is a young boy who just can't seem to keep himself out of trouble. He has a a lot of different excuses for everything he does wrong. Sometimes he just doesn't mean to, other times it’s not hisfault and we all know that accidents happen and it is okay. But one night David realizes he's been making up too many lies and excuses. Finally David decides to apologize to his mom for all the trouble he has caused her.
This book would be a good lesson for the students based on making excuses. The act
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Cesar M.
Jul 06, 2015 Cesar M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The children's picture book "David Gets In Trouble", I found to be a great realistic fiction book that deals with a child making up excuses so he doesn't get in trouble. At times children can be mischievous and can make some not so good decisions. Throughout the story David finds a way to never get in trouble for any of his wrongdoings. I love the way the author made the illustrations, the art stands out and the colors are bright, which capture a child's attention. I believe this book would be p ...more
Cooper Chowning
Feb 10, 2016 Cooper Chowning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Gets in Trouble shows a young boy named David getting involved in various mistakes. Initially, David is breaking windows, knocking over lamps, and spilling juice. But by the end of the book, David is sorry and takes responsibility for his actions and apologizing. After he's apologized, he realizes that his mistakes aren't the end of the world.

The book shows kids that making a mistake is okay and that the best thing you can do is take responsibility for your own actions. In the beginning, D
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Carmen Nibali
“David gets in trouble” is a realistic fiction book about a little boy David who gets himself into some trouble. The author of this book won a Caldecott honor for his first book of this series “No, David”! He based these books off of his early life. Each one of his books capture the fun of having little boys in the house. With David’s ups and downs in each story Shannon really is able to describe some of little boy’s behaviors and how to find the humor in them. My son owned the board book versio ...more
Danielle Rapoli
Summary/Review: David 19s getting in trouble AGAIN! This time though we hear the story from David 19s point of view. He isn 19t being reprimanded but is instead 1Capologizing 1D or giving excuses for what he did. His nightmare at the end causes him to realize he has to tell the truth. He truly apologizes and tells his mom he loves her. Again the story is told mostly through the pictures. David 19s excuses only hold so much information but looking at the pictures enables the readers to see what i ...more
Slayermel
Oct 17, 2009 Slayermel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with young children and Preschool Teachers
I really love the illustrations in the "David" books. They are bright, funny and really suit the story.
This story is about all the excuses David uses when he gets in trouble!
I enjoy this book because every class has a version of David in it, and the children seem to love it as they are always giggling at the pictures as I'm reading it. :0)
Melba Deoleo
Apr 07, 2014 Melba Deoleo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feelings
David never admits to doing anything wrong when he gets in trouble or does something he is not supposed to, he always says "it's not my fault" or "I didn't mean to". He makes excuses for not doing his homework, making silly faces during the class picture and walking to school in his underwear. Eventually David realizes that he must admit to the things he does wrong and apologize for his behavior, which in turn makes him feel better. I would use this book in my class because it is not a hard book ...more
Dixsie Wolmers
Apr 01, 2015 Dixsie Wolmers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picturebooks
This post is a requirement for Dr. Sykes' READ3307 course at UMHB.

David Shannon's "David Gets in Trouble' is a story about a little boy, David, whose actions cause him to get into trouble. He struggles to own up to what he has done and seems to always have some form of excuse ready.

This book falls into the Contemporary Realistic Fiction genre because it accurately reflects an aspect of life not only in the past but also today. Children and even adults will alway make mistakes, and sometimes it t
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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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