No, David!

Book review by
Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Lovable David's antics are relentless.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

David misbehaves page after page.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this simple story caters to the desperado in most every child.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMarkNeelson3 November 18, 2014

Competing with Game of Thrones

I think that the novel No David, is a very disturbing book for young children. Although most people will think its a children's book if you look at the und... Continue reading
Adult Written byThe JP Show June 5, 2009
Teen, 15 years old Written byLovemybros August 2, 2020

Who cares if he’s naked?

I read this book with my little brother. He’s 2. He doesn’t even really understand that David’s naked. For kids that do understand, David’s nude appearance is j... Continue reading

What's the story?

Here comes trouble! David Shannon's disorderly little devil--a balloon-headed, snaggle-toothed, high-octane piece of work--digs himself into a deep hole with his endless horseplay. But when David finally hits bottom, his mother is there with a pair of loving arms. The artwork brims with youthful energy. Parents and children will chuckle (or groan) in recognition.


Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about David's behavior. Does he mean to cause so much trouble? How does he feel after breaking the vase? How does his mother feel?

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