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IT'S CHRISTMAS, DAVID! by David Shannon


by David Shannon, illustrated by David Shannon

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-14311-0
Publisher: Blue Sky/Scholastic

Wild-child David returns for his fourth full-length romp as he tears through the Christmas season at his usual breakneck pace. The title page shows a full-length view of Santa from beard to boots, establishing him as another authoritative adult, along with David’s mom. Her cautionary commands are heard from off-stage throughout, reminding her son that Santa is watching as David attempts all the usual pre-Christmas tricks as well as more creative capers. Shannon’s irresistible illustrations show David’s emotions careening from hope to anticipation to sadness to joy, with a masterful use of perspective keeping the reader on the same emotional level with the little boy. The touching final page shows David clutching his new fire truck and a note from Santa, with Mom’s protective arm around him as always. (Picture book. 2-6)