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Author: David Shannon

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Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Little David has to be told "no" when he misbehaves, which is frequently. The story teaches discipline and proper behavior. As the author notes in the introduction,

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Started reading at infancy.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He enjoys seeing the trouble David gets into, and pointing out what's wrong in the picture.

Adult Reader Reaction: Heaven help you if your son is named David. Once he learns to recognize his name in print it's sure to add a layer of angst.

Pros: Allows your child to feel morally superior to David.

Cons: If your son is named David you have to call it "No Fred" or something else.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is likely to appeal to toddlers learning the rules, and can be used as a topical approach to misbehaving older kids.

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Educational Themes: The book offers plenty of 'projection' and gives parents a way of teaching discipline, behavior and manners in a way that it doesn't sound like it's Mommy/Daddy saying 'no' all the time.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003

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