If he is to be believed, childrens books author David Shannon led a truly comic childhood. The first words he learned to spell, at least according to his Caldecott Honor awarded book “No, David”, were No and David. That story was based on one he created as a child that showed a kid who seemed to always do the things he wasn’t supposed to be doing. Then came “David Goes To School” where he learns that his teachers know how to say no, too. In “David Gets in Trouble” – the third book in the series – David finally has the chance to speak up and respond.
When David gets in trouble, what does he say? How does he respond when he’s caught hitting a baseball into a window (“It was an accident!”) or ramming his skateboard into a side table (“I didn’t mean to!”)? Whether it is pulling the cat’s tail, dropping his grape juice or even burping, David gets in trouble more than any kid ever could in real life, but he does so in such a cute way in these picture books that parents and children alike will not only laugh but they might just find themselves identifying with the troublesome tot just a little.
The rough draft big headed David, as well as the adorably juvenile drawings that surround him on each page, add to the head tilting humor in a book that became an instant – and very well deserved – classic tale of the trials and tribulations of being a kid.