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No, David!

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Lovable David's antics are relentless.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 7+

Great different

I like the book No. David! I enjoy it because it shows behavior issues the kid has. It also shows that not every book is gonna be sunshine and rainbows. I grew up on this book and enjoyed it because it was different from the other kids books.
age 3+

Oh David!

David and my 3 years old are so alike, reading the story and finishing up by kissing and hugging each one of my kids as David's mom does is a fun game for us. We read it often

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

David Shannon won a Caldecott Honor for this book, and the reasons are obvious. The images are utterly endearing. The colors are deep, the images are graphic, the action is direct and oh-so-real. In David's outrageous behavior, Shannon has caught that thin yet real line between a mischief-maker and a brat.

During a library read-aloud, a group of 4-year-olds readily took to the parental role, giving David a good tongue-lashing. For every crayon applied to the wallpaper, for every toy left carelessly on the floor they cried with glee, "No, David!" and then dissolved in giggles. David's antics are relentless, but he is also extremely lovable. He is truly sorry when he breaks his mother's vase, and he finds his ultimate happiness safely wrapped in her loving arms.

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