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No, David! by David Shannon

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.

A Caldecott Honor in 1999 as well as receiving numerous other awards including being listed as an ALA Notable Children’s Book for Younger Readers in that same year.

We had the opportunity of seeing David at the LA Times Festival of Books two years ago and he talked about this very popular book. It was incredible to hear about his mother’s influence on his artistic career despite his mischievous ways. No, David! has certain images that come directly from a box of illustrations his mother collected when he was very very young. It’s amazing!

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9 Responses to The Year of the Picture Book – No, David! by David Shannon

  1. The Year of the Picture Book – No, David! by David Shannon:
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  2. Katie says:

    I never knew that No, David was semi-autobiographical. How fun! I always thought the little boy on the cover looked like a monster with those sharp little teeth. Now I just need to read the inside 🙂

  3. LOL. Sounds like some boys I know.

  4. This is a favorite in our house.

  5. RT @the1stdaughter: The Year of the Picture Book – No, David! by David Shannon: When author and… #kidlit

  6. Colleen says:

    What a great background story! My nephew’s name is David and I have given him all the David books – he loves them!

  7. Oh! We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the David books here!!

  8. PragmaticMom says:

    LOVE this book! Love David Shannon in general too. Our new school superintendent read this book to my son when he was in Kindergarten. His name is David too! They loved it!

  9. Beth Balmanno says:

    The David books have been favorites in our house for years. We also love his book The Great Xmas Extravaganza — wonder if that was semi-autobiographical, too?? 🙂

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