Books by David Shannon

GROW UP, DAVID! by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Nice to see you again, David! (Picture book. 4-6)"
As if he couldn't get into trouble enough on his own, David has a big brother to "help." Read full book review >
BIZZY MIZZ LIZZIE by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A powerful message in this time of overscheduling and de-emphasis of play. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An overextended bee learns to stop and smell the flowers, literally. Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2014

"A lively alternative to the 2003 print version, with judicious audio and interactive tweaks but blessedly free of games and like silly distractions. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Pans, zooms, gruff vocals and piratical sound effects add even more swash to the buckles of young Jeremy's first encounter with Braid Beard and his disreputable crew. Read full book review >
BUGS IN MY HAIR! by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Don't scratch your head over this purchase: Entertainment and information are all wrapped up in one funny and disinfected package. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Head lice morph into friendly fellows in this comical and necessary title. Read full book review >
JANGLES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Some fish indeed! (Picture book. 4-8) "
A boy recalls his father's pretty amazing story of the larger-than-life trout he nearly caught in this tall tale of a remarkably big fish that got away. Read full book review >
ROBOT ZOT! by Jon Scieszka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Zot! (Picture book. 3-8)"
Robot Zot invades Earth, vowing to destroy all earthly enemies—mostly kitchen appliances, as Zot measures a whopping four inches high. Read full book review >
TOO MANY TOYS by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Shannon's sardonic wit will strike a chord with parents and children alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Spencer owns a multitude of toys: old toys and new ones, big toys and small ones, bath toys, wooden toys, board games, computer games, miniature cars and trucks, musical instruments, stuffed animals and action figures. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The combination of high-energy artwork and exuberant characters are sure to make the Trucktown series a necessary purchase for every garage library. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The irrepressible Scieszka has set his sites on entertaining a younger crowd and getting them (boys especially) hooked on the joys of reading. Read full book review >
PIRATES DON’T CHANGE DIAPERS by Melinda Long
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Like Colin McNaughton's similarly themed Captain Abdul's Little Treasure (2006), this will engender rousing cheers from mateys of every stripe. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Though "pirates don't change diapers. Read full book review >
GOOD BOY, FERGUS! by David Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Yes, Fergus! (Picture book. 3-6)"
Fergus is a West Highland terrier, an irrepressibly charming canine based on the real-life pet of the author, who clearly knows a thing or two about mischievous main characters. Read full book review >
ALICE THE FAIRY by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Watch out, Olivia. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Young David, who ran bare-bottomed into the hearts of zillions, has a sister—or at least a kindred spirit! Read full book review >
HOW I BECAME A PIRATE by Melinda Long
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This isn't likely to turn pirate wannabees into landlubbers, but it will inspire a chorus of yo-ho-hos. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Thanks to parrot-toting Braidbeard and his gloriously disreputable crew, a lad discovers the ups and downs of a pirate's life in this rousing mini-epic. Read full book review >
DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Disarming as he always is—what a blessing he lives on the page and not in our lives. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Excuses, excuses. Read full book review >
THE SHARK GOD by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A slight confusion at the end identifies the father as a canoe-builder for the first time calling him by that name, but there's enough joy, terror, and drama here to captivate any reader or listener. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
The creators of Rough Face Girl (1992) and The Boy Who Lived With the Seals (1993) belatedly get together for another strongly told, strikingly illustrated folktale. Read full book review >
DUCK ON A BIKE by David Shannon
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A 'quackerjack' of a terrific escapade. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Grab your funny bone—Shannon (The Shark God, 2001, etc.) rides again! Read full book review >
THE RAIN CAME DOWN by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Save it for a rainy day. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The squabbles caused by a brief shower on a busy street turn to smiles under the ensuing rainbow in this picture-book mini-drama from the author of No, David! (1998). Read full book review >
DAVID GOES TO SCHOOL by David Shannon
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"For all his disruptive behavior, he shows not a trace of malice, and it'll be easy for readers to want to encourage his further exploits. (Picture book. 5-7)"
The poster boy for relentless mischief-makers everywhere, first encountered in No, David! (1998), gives his weary mother a rest by going to school. Read full book review >
NO, DAVID! by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"David is a small, snaggle-toothed piehead whose mischief—for those who don't have to clean up after him—is nothing short of exhilarating. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This autobiographical (according to the author's note) story from Shannon (A Bad Case of Stripes, 1998, etc.) features a young hellion, also named David, who is forever at the receiving end of a sharp "No!" Read full book review >
A BAD CASE OF STRIPES by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"Shannon's story is a good poke in the eye of conformity—imaginative, vibrant, and at times good and spooky—and his emphatic, vivid artwork keeps perfect pace with the tale. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Camilla Cream wants to fit in, so she conforms, denying herself the things she craves—lima beans, for example—if the other kids frown upon them. Read full book review >
NICHOLAS PIPE by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"San Souci may be invoking an old story, but he also frames a few timeless ideas about responsibility, tolerance, and that simple thing called love. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
San Souci (The Hired Hand, p. 649, etc.) notes that this story of the love between a merman and a woman of the land first saw the light of day as a 12th-century tale. Read full book review >
THE BUNYANS by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Wood's text is short and direct, Shannon sprinkles his landscapes with tiny details that make his doll-like figures all the more towering, and together they make the best match since Anne Isaacs and Paul Zelinsky teamed up for Swamp Angel (1995). (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
It is not widely known that Paul Bunyan had a wife and two children—much less that they created Kentucky's Mammoth Caves, California's Big Sur, the Rocky Mountains, and several other ``natural'' wonders—including, some say, the huge face photographed by Viking I on the surface of Mars. Read full book review >
THE AMAZING CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

The guileless Mr. Merriweather puts a string of lights around his window; when he is mocked by his neighbor, whose own house is covered with lights, Mr. Merriweather adds more decorations and within days has a display that people in three counties come visit. Read full book review >
GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT by Mark Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"The text and paintings may be slightly odd fellows, but the story shines through, never to grow old. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
Gawain, youngest of King Arthur's knights, is tired of the ribbing his inexperience elicits from the others at the Round Table. Read full book review >
HOW GEORGIE RADBOURN SAVED BASEBALL by David Shannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Old Hoss'') Radbourn, the 19th century's greatest pitcher. (Picture Book. 7-11)"
Now that mega-tycoon (and ex-major leaguer) Boss Swaggert has outlawed baseball, it's winter in America all year `round; he's replaced ballfields with factories (patrolled by hulking police in modified football uniforms) and thrown the ballplayers into cold Candlestick Prison. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LIVED WITH THE SEALS by Rafe Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 1993

"A handsome setting for a satisfyingly dramatic tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
In the heroic style of Martin and Shannon's The Rough-Face Girl (1992), a fairly elaborate expansion of ``a very short story told by the Chinook people of the Northwest Coast.'' A little boy playing by the water disappears; his grieving parents don't see him again until, years later, after a woman from another tribe espies him among the seals. Read full book review >
THE ROUGH-FACE GIRL by Rafe Martin
adapted by Rafe Martin, illustrated by David Shannon
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Still, a strong, distinctive tale with art to match. (Folklore/Picture book. 8+)"
An Algonquin Cinderella story, with accomplished but sometimes overliteral illustrations. Read full book review >
ENCOUNTER by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"O mores! (Picture book. 9-12)"
A poignant account of Columbus's landfall in the Americas, from a Taino boy's point of view. Read full book review >