David Gets In Trouble by David Shannon
“When David gets in trouble, he always says . . . ‘NO! It’s not my fault! I didn’t mean to! It was an accident!'” Whatever the situation, David’s got a good excuse. And no matter what he’s done “wrong,” it’s never really his fault.
Soon, though, David realizes that making excuses makes him feel bad, and saying he’s sorry makes him feel better. Once again, David Shannon entertains us with young David’s mischievous antics and a lighthearted story that’s sure to leave kids (and parents) laughing.
That irrepressible fellow with the Charlie Brown head is back, trailing a whole new slew of disasters in his wake. In this follow-up to No, David! and David Goes to School, Shannon finally lets David get a word in edgewise as in “No! It’s not my fault!” and “It was an accident!” In a series of hilarious snapshots of trouble-in-progress, David hurtles from one scrape to another. Anyone can sympathize with David’s trials and tribulations, whether he is scowling at his breakfast (“Do I have to?”), pulling the cat’s tail (“But she likes it!”) or sitting sullenly on the bathroom floor, soap wedged firmly in mouth (“But Dad says it!”). The exuberant artwork crackles with energy and color (including backdrops in lime green and bittersweet orange), as Shannon carefully hews to a child’s-eye view of the world (adults appear only as limbs and torsos). This memorable character is nothing short of a force of nature, from his scribbled eyes and hair to his shark-sharp teeth. In the end, it’s a confession (“Yes! It was me!”) that allows him a peaceful night’s sleep, with a woman’s tender hand and an “I love you, mom” hovering over his angelic (for now at least) round head. Readers will gladly call for “More, David!” Ages 3-up.
David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared on numerous book jackets. Shannon is a passionate baseball fan and softball player. He and his wife now live in Los Angeles.