Feature Friday! The 10 BEST READ ALOUDS (part 2 of 10)

2. NO, DAVID! by David Shannon

This one is a bit of a no brainer for being in the Top 10. Kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book, and come to know the story so well that they will usually shout out most of the lines whenever I try and read this one with them. It's such fun to hear the kids yell out "No, David!" and "No, David, no!" and all the other things David's mom says. Part of the appeal of this book, of course, is all the naughty things David does like running naked through the street, picking his nose, and playing baseball inside. But another part of this book's appeal is the role reversal that it allows. As the pictures do not show David's mother (except a part of her at the start and the end of the book) the kids reading this book are placed in her shoes and become the ones telling David off. As kids are usually in the role of being scolded by adults, it is a fun change for kids to find themselves in the position of authority. Also, the art is incredibly accessible. David Shannon stays true to his five year old self (how old he was when he first came up with this book) and keeps a naive quality to the lines, but also brings a great painterly quality and awesome composition to the work. This book is subversiveness at its best!