Literacy Thursday

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This is hands down, one of our favorite children’s book of all times. I can’t figure out who loves the book more; the kids, or Jeff and me. This book is so much fun… matter how many times we’ve read it, we still laugh out loud every. single. time.

The story incompasses what I only hope is a full day (and not just a few hours) of David’s life. His antics are illustrated with vibrant acrylic paint and really show both David’s relentless acts of mischief, and his emotions.

It’s really no surprise to me that this is a Caldecott Honor book, which as you know, is the most prestigious award given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book published that year.

If you haven’t read this yet, you must.

I ‘m even going to make it easy for you. I’m giving away a copy to one of you that doesn’t already own it. The copy I’ll send is used, but in good condition and has been lovingly handled by my children.
I’m thinking we don’t need 6 copies laying around the house. Surely, we can manage with just 5.

Besides, I just got my hands on this new knock off, which can replace the one I’m sending out.
If you’d like my copy, let me know in your comment.


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    Deb says

    i think the true sign of a good kids’ book is if the parents enjoy reading it, too! after all, when reading to kids, you have to read the same books over and over and over AND OVER again… us grownups should be able to enjoy ourselves, too!

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    Marie Reed says

    Wonderful tip! It is the 50th anniversary of the children’s book Le Petit Nicolas here in France. I’m pretty sure that it was translated into English too:)

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    Kimberly says

    I own three copies of this book that reside in my classroom. My students read this book over and over and over and LOVE it every time! David Shannon is awesome. Have you read his other David books or any of his other great stroies, like “A Bad Case of the Stripes”? Anyway, good stuff! I also love the knockoff version you have here! 🙂

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    Kelly Deneen says

    I would love a chance at having your extra copy. After seeing the rendition your kids made, I am so curious! 🙂

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    Jaysi says

    Luke loves that book too. I have to admit….I don’t so much. Not enough words for me. He laughs so darn hard though, that it makes me laugh too!

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    I'm just me... says

    I haven’t read this book to my little Tink yet. She loves to be read to and quickly memorizes the words so she can “read” them to her cousins. I would love a copy of this, I’m going to have to put it on our list for the book store.

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    Tami says

    I would love a copy of this book. I’ll have to check our library to see if they have it. My 9yo is a voracious reader and I’m hoping his younger siblings will be too so I’m always looking for fun books to share with them.

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    Aubrey says

    Great. I think my comment just disappeared! That or you are about to get a duplicate! LOL

    We read this to my daughter when she was younger. We loved it! I would love to own a copy for my toddler! Reminds me of him! LOL

    And your knock off? Is that up for grabs too? CUTE!

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    Tiaras and Tantrums says

    We are BIG readers in this house!
    My son just read his 101st book yesterday – you should have seen his smile!!!!!! Which now that I think about it – I should have taken a photo of that!

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    Michelle says

    I love children’s books. When my sister was in college she worked at a childrens book store so I have a great collection signed by their authors.

    I never found David very appealing! But then I think that I am the only person in the world who also didn’t like Goodnight Bunny!

    Love the bootleg copy tho!

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    Lorina says

    This was one of my Christmas list books BUT everywhere was out. I would have had to get it online and I just haven’t yet. Laziness I am assuming..

    Count me in though, I really would love it for my library.

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    Casey's trio says

    Wow…a copy of the book for every kiddo in your house with one to spare! We actually don’t have this one yet, so count me in on the giveaway:)

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    CC says

    You may be shocked to learn this, but I don’t actually own this book: at work OR home. So I’d love to win! 🙂

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    Tamara says

    Oh, we love that book. I can’t remember how many times we have checked it out of the library. The kids just can’t get enough of it!

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    girlytwins says

    I would so love to own your 6th copy of this book. I actually haven’t ever heard of this book which is surprising since we own almost a library of childrens books 🙂

    I would also love a chance to read the entire copy of your knock off!!

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    Natalie says

    i have heard great things about the ‘no david’ books. i guess i better get a copy (or win one!) to read to my kids!!!

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    kimmers says

    I will leave this contest for the people with kids, as I don’t have any yet… but I’ll make a mental note of this book for when I do. 🙂

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    Anonymous says

    I am glad to know after five children (17, 15, 14, 6, and 6) and hundreds of books that there are still wonderful children’s books that we haven’t found. I will put this on our must-read list. Thank you.


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    christa jean says

    We crazy readers would love a copy of that book at our house! If we don’t win, I’ll have to go find it!

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    Jennifer says

    How precious! That is the best part of reading to kids, is when they make it their own.

    Can you believe that we have never read a David story? I know….I really think Kendrick was meant for that book, but we haven’t read it. See…this is what it is all about. next time we go to the library, I am searching for it. That is unless I win your copy! 🙂 Thanks for playing!

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    jori-o says

    This is one of our faves, but I don’t think we own it! You’ve seen the other David books, right? Just as funny!

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    avtcoach says

    This book is a favorite in our clinic as well. Kids just love it when the books are about getting in trouble or when something unusual happens to someone else. I like the title “literacy thursday”. will check it out!

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    Laurie says

    I love the “knock off”. I haven’t read the original but I trust your judgement. I will have to take a peek at it.
    Just a note, I was in Borders last night and found this book that I absolutely feel in LOVE with. For anyone, and as this book points out any girl is, who has a princess in there lives you gotta see this. It’s called Princesses Rule by Carmela La Vigna Coyle. Just in love with it.

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    Sara says

    This is a favorite in our house too. My little 2 year old, (just learning to talk) will point his finger at me and say, “No Davie…No fishie… No tubby … go room!” Hilarious.

    But I LOVE your kids spin on the book. That is a keeper.

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