“David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon
1. Awards: N/A
2. Grade Level: PreK-K: There are very few words in this book, but amazing illustrations that encourage student participation.
3. Summary and Review: David breaks a window, refuses to eat his breakfast, forgets to wear his pants to school, eats the dog’s treats, amidst other chaos that he always seems to have an excuse for. In the middle of the might, David wakes up to confess everything and apologize for his actions. I love this book! Children will laugh at all of David’s misbehaviors, and can likely relate to a few of them. The only page that I was not so sure about was the page that reads, “But Dad says it!” and David is shown with a bar of soap in his mouth. I understand the old notion of getting your mouth washed out with soap for saying a bad word, but I am not so sure that many children will, or if that is even a common practice anymore. The apology at the end also sends a good message to children to take responsibility for their actions, which is a major lesson that they begin to learn as they increase their interaction with others in the school setting.
4. Uses in the classroom: This book can definitely be read aloud to the class as a whole. Many children are likely going to want to share their experiences or comment on the illustrations, but that is not an issue because the book is so short to begin with. Students can be encouraged to use their language skills to explain what they see happening in the pictures. For example, the only text on the page that shows David walking to school without pants on is “I forgot!” Students can use this clue and the illustration to describe what it is that David forgot and what else they see in the picture, like his mother running after him with pants and other children laughing. David’s facial expressions are amazingly portrayed, as well. Students can analyze the character through his facial expressions in addition to his exclamations.”