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David Goes to School (David)

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David Goes to School
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Scholastic Inc. (first published January 1st 1999)
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How many David Shannon books have we read now? My children never tire of him and this was no exception. Even though I home school, the kids were still fascinated with the kinds of trouble that David could get into and again, totally relate. My 5 yr old loved it when David couldn't keep quiet, as he has the same problem, and my 2 yr old twins were wide-eyed at the colorful pictures of David in different school scenarios. Overall a fun read, as Shannon always is.
R. C.
I hate the teeth on David. The scary, pointy, black things make me shudder.

Otherwise, this is a fun series for toddlers. I had one child who LOVED [title:No, David!]. I remembered David fondly.

When my youngest son started daydreaming about preschool as the ideal place for children, I checked out this title and a few others to help balance his perspective. [title:David Goes to School] was the most helpful. My son was freaked out about the idea of not having the right to pee, having to raise his
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In a sequel to "No David!", David Shannon's highly energetic, somewhat troublesome character, David, is back to his usual antics, expect this time, at school. From tardiness, to gum chewing, shouting out, daydreaming, cutting in line, and causing messes that keep him after school, David IS that "trouble-making" student found in most classrooms. Shannon's colorful illustrations, child-like pencil drawings and handwriting, are inviting to readers of all ages (espe
“David Goes to School” is a funny children’s book from the creative mind of David Shannon and is apart of David Shannon’s Caldecott Honor Award-winning book, “No, David!” series. This book details the mischievous adventures of everyone’s favorite little troublemaker in school. “David Goes to School” might entice small children to misbehave also, but this book is worth checking out.

David Shannon does an excellent job at making this story as funny as possible by detailing David’s adventures in a
Chelsie Morrison
As a future teacher, I draw a little bit of a connection between the David series of books, particularly David Goes to School. As I observe classrooms, I see little "Davids" running amok in nearly every classroom.

In David Goes to School, young David struggles with all of the things you are allowed, and not allowed, to do at school. David chews gum, talks out of turn, and simply cannot manage to stay in his seat. Throughout the day, David learns that consequences follow his actions and after cle
Once again, this story is so fun and lively to read. It was one of my favorite books as a kid whenever we would go to our library time and everyone in my class would always fight to see who could grab it first. Kids can relate to the hard times of going to school and wanting to be disruptive, but I think the illustrations are unique and different. The cover alone is fun to stare at and take in everything going on. This is a must read for all students in elementary school.
One of the last books we picked up on our trip to the library was this book. I refused to grab any more

cat books and my son was stumped on what to pick. So seeing the interesting looking cover I scooped it up.

David Goes to School tells the story of one school day. David has a problem following the rules and constantly hears "No, David".

Alright so this was light on content. There wasn't much plot. Just David causing a lot of trouble. What I found funny about it is that it reminded me of my son s
Wyatt Fessenden
David Goes to School by David Shannon is a story about David and his antics at school. David is always getting in trouble and does not know how to behave. He thinks that it is okay to fool around in class, but his teacher is always saying NO! He does learn a valuable lesson by the end, however. David learns that his actions have consequences.

I think that this book is unique because it is told through the eyes of the teacher. The illustrations and the text is all what the teacher says and sees.
Alexis Kydon
David goes to school and doesn't like to listen to his teacher. He's told a bunch of times throughout the book to not do something. "No David!" is said a lot. The David series all is like this. David likes to misbehave. He likes to rebel and be silly. The text in the story is intertwines with the illustrations. The text looks exactly like it does for the title. It has the same font and little writing strip background. The book is great for teachers that want to set rules for their class. It show ...more
Tonya Nelson
Summary: This picture book talks about how David acts in school – and is similar to David Shannon’s No David because his teacher is constantly telling him not to do something or to remember what he is supposed to be doing. He displays all of the classic problem behaviors: he’s late, he makes messes, he daydreams, he cuts in line, and he shouts. His high energy always gets him into trouble, but at the end his teacher tells him he did a good job for cleaning the classroom.

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Emily Scott
David Goes to School is another story about the well-known little boy named David. When he is at school, it seems as though he is always getting yelled at by his teacher. She says things such as "Don't chew gum in class" when he is caught chewing gum, "Keep your hands to yourself" when he is chasing kids around with paint on his hands, "Wait your turn" when he tries to budge the other kids, "I don't care who started it" when a food fight breaks out, "David recess is over" when he continues to pl ...more
Araceli Aispuro
Everyone knows that David is always causing trouble, his teacher could tell you. David has broken so many rules. He shows up to class late, chews gum during class, shouts out the answers, cuts in line. You name it. His teacher finally decides that she has had enough and gives David detention. David makes up for all his trouble by wiping off every single desk in class. In return David earns himself a bright shiny star. Good job, David!

While I was reading this book I was trying to decide on how it
Michaela George
Everyone knows that David is always causing trouble, his teacher could tell you. David has broken so many rules. He shows up to class late, chews gum during class, shouts out the answers, cuts in line. You name it. This is all bad behavior, but up until this point David has gotten away with it. His teacher finally decides that she has had enough and gives David detention. This is a wake up call for David. He has never experienced anything like this before. David makes up for all his trouble by w ...more
Reading Level: Primary Level

This picture book is excellent for teaching kindergartners and first graders how to act in school. The author's illustrations from when he was younger are amusing and entertaining. The students will definitely be able to relate to the drawings because it is very similar to their style of drawing. The illustrations really add to the minimal amount of text. Students can understand the story without even reading the text.
David goes to school is a story about a young boy named David who is always being yelled at by his teacher. Some of the things David was getting in trouble by his teacher for was being tardy, chewing gum, yelling, not sitting down, not raising his hand, not keeping his hands to himself, not paying attention, not waiting his turn, and many, many more. After all of David’s scoldings by his teacher, he finally finished his homework, and his teacher finally praised him. I would use this book in my c ...more
I read this book as a child and had enjoyed it.
The boy I tutor had brought this with him to be read as Homework.
I still enjoyed it but found it very ironic since this books main character describes perfectly the behavior of the boy I tutor. (though don't get me wrong he is a sweetheart, though at times he acts like a monster) XD
Deena Lernor
David Goes to School by David Shannon is about a young boy who goes to school and never listens to what the teacher says. David is a young child who is constantly causing trouble in his classroom. His activities include chewing gum, making noise in the library and and causing a fight. At the end of the story, David causes a huge food fight that ends with his teacher continually saying "No David!!!". This book is full of roar and makes you end up wondering what is going to happen to David next.

Melba Deoleo
This books walks us through a day in the life of a little boy called David and how people constantly has to call his attention. David is not a very well behaved boy and therefor all he hears is "Sit down, David", David raise your hand!" and "Wait your turn, David". He is simply misbehaving all the time and always get in trouble for it, but sometimes he also hears " Good job, David". This book would be great to read to my students to point out the things that they should not do or it can lead to ...more
Brittany Tatum
David Goes to School by David Shannon is a story about a young boy named David, who is always getting into trouble and being told "No." Through the many scenarios displayed throughout the story of David being told "No," at the end of the story he is finally told "Good Job."

I absolutely love this story and I think that it would be a perfect read for children who are just starting school because although David is getting into trouble it also shows how children are expected to behave in school, for
Samantha Mckay
David Goes to School is a story of all the bad things David does at school. He does things like shows up late to class, chews gum, doesn’t pay attention, cuts the lunch line, and stays late to recess. Every page is a new mistake he is making at school and the teacher constantly yelling and correcting David. Finally David gets in trouble so many times he is forced to stay after school and help around the classroom. David finally does well and is rewarded by the teacher with a good job and gold st ...more
Heather Langendorff
David is always causing trouble in the classroom and I am sure his teacher could tell you. David has broken so many rules. He shows up to class late, chews gum during class, shouts out the answers, and cuts in line. You name it, I am sure David has done it. His teacher finally decides that she has had enough and gives David detention. David makes up for all his trouble by wiping off every single desk in class. In return David earns himself a bright shiny star. This would be a fun book to read yo ...more
This book is another in the series of books that includes No, David! and David Gets In Trouble. The illustrations show David misbehaving at school and the text is the teacher reminding David of what he should be doing.
As a teacher, the first time this story is read I would cover the text and get the children to identify what it is that David is doing in the illustration that he shouldn't be doing in class/at school. Then talk about why David’s behaviour is inappropriate. Why rules exist etc. Wh
Chelsea Sweet
David Goes to School by David Shannon is a story about a disruptive boy named David who goes to school. During the day David is always being told what to not to do, but he does it anyway. Eventually David gets to go home from school.

This book doesn't have many words and the text that it does have is not that good. It is all just a bunch of don't statements being said to David. However, the illustrations in this book are exquisite. The pictures are two full pages and the colors are very vivid. Th
Alex Albaeck
Whether David is cutting the lines in the cafeteria, drawing on his desk, or goofing off in front of his class, David is hands down a lot to handle. After all of the mistakes he makes his teacher gives him a chance to redeem himself by cleaning all of the desks after school. Knowing it is the right thing to do, David shows up and receives a gold star for doing so. From the title page of the teacher standing in front of her desk, with her feet firmly planted and arms crossed as David is in mischi ...more
Hannah Morrison
I read this book to my little brother before his first day of Kindergarten. David is such a fun character to share with young students and the simple text is easy for students to understand. I would use this in younger classes to connect with their feelings of school.
Emily Johnson
David Goes to School by David Shannon brings up both the topic of following directions and laughter into the classroom! David is a young boy who gets into a lot trouble all the time. Whether he blurts out in class or cuts in line, he is always up to mischief. I love the idea of using this book in my classroom to discuss what classroom rules we have and why we have them. A great student based discussion could be used following the book. Why do we have the rules we do? What would happen if we didn ...more
Kai Palmer
I love David! He is a typical, very curious little boy. This would be a good book to talk about rules and consequences when rules are broken. As a class, we can create our own classroom rules and appropriate consequences when they aren't followed.
Clare Santos-Gacad
It is an entertaining book that tells a story about a boy named David who is non stop laughing and romping around throughout the entirety of class. All of his actions causes his teachers to say over and over again, "No, David!"

This book reminds me of some of the elementary students I work with, they always tend to not pay attention and break several rules, as well as the inability to take no for an answer. David shannon provides double page spread illustrations that contain bright colors. I enjo
Kayla Strand
David Goes to School is another installment in the David books by Shannon. This time David is causing trouble at school instead of just his house. And now instead of his mother telling him to stop or quiet down, it's his teacher. I liked seeing that David interacted with the other students instead of having another book were he is causing trouble by himself. I love laughing along with younger readers as they see what David will get into next and by the end of the book he always proves to the adu ...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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