Joshua’s Bookshelf!: No, David!, by David Shannon

[This review is based on the paperback edition published by Scholastic in 2000.]

So what’s it about?
No, David! is a collection of very funny pictures that the author drew of himself as a child doing all the things little ones aren’t supposed to do: tracking mud through the house, playing with food, picking his nose, refusing to clean up his toys….you get the picture.

What did we think of the book?
The scoldings David receives on each page reminded me so much of myself! At one point, David runs down his street naked and the words above sound exactly like what I’d say: “Come back here, David!” Every time we looked at a new picture, Joshua told me what David was doing; by the time we got to the last page, he was the one saying, “No, David!” The ending was very sweet, though — no matter how much trouble David might cause, his mother will always love him. I hope that holds true for every single parent and child in the world!

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
We loved No, David! It’s really funny and a great way to remind children of some of the behaviors that aren’t necessarily the best things to do. I have a feeling that the book will be sticking around for a long, long time.