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No, David! by David Shannon
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Jan 30, 2012

it was amazing

Before reading the book it was clear to see that the book was set in vertical format with double page spread illustrations. The text is written within the images, allowing the reader to focus more on the hilarious illustrations. The text is also very large and the font looks like a young child's handwriting. I believe that the author chose this font in order to make it seem that the young child was writing the book himself and that it is a story of his childhood experience. The illustrations themselves are also very colorful and drawn slightly rudimentary, again to add humor as well as to portray the story in the point of view of the child. After reading the book, I was surprised to see that most of the text was comprised of the words "no, David!" Again, this is to re-iterate the author's childhood experience and, since he was a child who loved getting into trouble, those were the words he heard most in his daily childhood life. However, the story has a wonderful message for children which becomes apparent at the end of the story. This message is that even though kids find themselves getting in all kinds of trouble and breaking all kinds of rules, that their parents still love them very much.
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