Thursday, April 7, 2011

David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon

Title: David gets in trouble
Author: David Shannon
Copyright: 2002, Scholastic Inc., New York.
Grade: Preschool - 2
Theme: Always tell the truth

Synopsis: This is a very interesting book about a young boy who always makes excuses whenever he gets in trouble or does something wrong. In the end, he does admit to his wrong doing and he does say sorry.

Reflection: I really liked this book. It was short and to the point, and it was very colorful. It reminded me of some of the kids I have worked with and still work with. Usually children lie and make excuses and don't want to admit if they have done something wrong. But in the end, they love you anyways and some of them do tell the truth and appologize. I didn't really like the pictures because they kind of creeped me out a little. David's teeth look sharp and he looks evil in many pictures. I feel like some children might get scared when they see the pictures and they might understand the story differently.

Pre-Reading Activity:
Cut shapes out of construction paper, and have your child or students put together a person (David). They can identify the shapes as they go.

Post-Reading Activity:
Have your students create rules for the classroom and write them on a big piece of construction paper and put it up on the wall. Have all the students sign their names and/or draw a small picture of their rule.

About the Author:
David Shannon was born on October 5th, 1959, in Washington. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. He's an award-winning artist and bestselling author, who has been a favorite among many librarians and teachers. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Salifornia with a degree in fine Arts. He then moved to New York City where he continued doing his art work. He popularity started to skyrocket in 1998, after he published the book No, David! His inspirations came from home and family.

About the Author


  1. I think this book is so cute! It would be great to use in the lower elementary grades to show that although they may get in trouble and do bad things, that we will love them no matter what. I also liked how David eventually said he was sorry for the things he did, but using this in a classroom might get the kids to say those words quicker and admit their fault sooner.

  2. I like the David books, but I haven't read this one! I think this would be a great book to use when creating classroom expectations like you said in your post-reading activity. I also like the concept of it being okay to say your sorry. This would be a great book to teach student how to say they are sorry when they do something wrong/get trouble/ make a mistake. I think you could use this book as an opportunity for student to practice saying they are sorry through role playing.