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No, David!


4.15  ·  Rating details ·  45,858 ratings  ·  2,745 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 (first published 1998)
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Jun 21, 2009 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
My nephew could read this book as it had about 3 words per page mostly. They are words that he knows very well and he was able to act these out once he figured out what was going on. You see, my nephew gets these words all the time. My nephew is basically this little boy David in the story. He is always doing something he shouldn’t and getting ‘No’, or ‘Stop’. He got in on the joke and he began to sound like me or his Mom. His Dad doesn’t do that as much. He handles things better mostly. I need ...more
David Schaafsma
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
I am David. This is a book about little ADHD mini-me. And since it is a (semi)-autobiographical picture book, it is also about a David much like David Shannon, of course. I also gave it (at his birth) to nephew (and godson) David, which as it turns out was an appropriate gift for another "No, David" kinda kid. Self-fullfilling prophecy? Is there something about being David? Possibly.

I always thought of my name as connected to the wise and Goliath-slaying David of the Bible, but when I asked my
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens

I loved this book. We’ve all been there during our childhood. A wonderful read.

Aug 25, 2016 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.
Although thankfully, David Shannon's No, David! does end in a conciliatory and affirmative enough manner (in so far that David's mother obviously loves her son even though he clearly is a proverbial holy terror most of the time), personally I have found No, David! not even remotely to my liking, to my reading tastes. For honestly, that ALL of Shannon’s scenarios of behaviour in No, David! present instances of young David negatively acting out and often massively so, this certainly has made No, D ...more
Mar 01, 2017 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. : )
Ryk Stanton
Dec 18, 2016 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. :)
Jun 20, 2013 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.

“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
Leah Robinson
Jan 29, 2013 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
Jun 09, 2009 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!:)
Michael Kittrell
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great book. I read it to my preschool class during the first week of school. I used it as a teaching tool to talk about appropriate classroom behavior. After reading the book we created a list of classroom rules. This book was very helpful.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this because I wanted to complete my good reads goal ha ha!! *Cheater*
Andy Jun
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me of a certain someone...
Aug 25, 2016 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.
Jul 10, 2013 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
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
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite David book. Again cute illustrations and the little boy in the story is cute and onrey.
Jan 11, 2011 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
Callie *Fights Censorship*
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 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 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
Yugon_ C2
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book/ series was such a great memory from back then when I was a small kid. This book is literally about this kid called David making all these troubles. And as the story goes on, he makes this one big problem, which leads to his mom being really triggered. But the ending is always beautiful and happy, how he says "I'm sorry", and his mom hugs him and say "I love you". It sometimes made me cry when I was like 5 years old. Some people can say that this book is for little babies and it's too ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I used to read this to my daughter when she was little.

This book always brought out so much tenderness in me even though David is a little boy who is always getting into some kind of trouble, hence the title. I think it always made me think of my daughter and how she was always being told no also, even though she was just being a baby and exploring her big world. I can still picture that little face whenever she was told no.

When the time came to clean out and donate a lot of her children books,
Barry Mchugh
May 12, 2012 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
Ana  Lelis
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I wasn't enjoying that much, but at the end I could like it. The message behind it is very beautiful.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An indulgence of nostalgia.

I remember I frequently used this very book as an example to convince my Mom that the things I was in trouble for could easily be 100% worse and that she was lucky she had such a good kid that only did maybe one or two bad things at a time.

She was never convinced.

Luisa Knight
No thanks!

Ages: 3 - 6

Cleanliness: a picture shows a boy naked - you see him from behind. Some grumpy attitudes shown.

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Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: april
Although the illustrations in the book "No, David!" by David Shannon are brightly colored, fun, and cute (besides David's teeth), I did not like this book because of the message it displays. To me this book was teaching that as a parent it is okay to be constantly frustrated with your child as long as you said that you loved him/her at the end of the day. This book almost seemed a little emotionally abusive to me. If children are treated this way, they will not know what love really means. They ...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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