It’s Christmas, David! – Review & Giveaway

It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon.

Being a kid is hard. Being a kid waiting for Christmas to come is even harder and David Shannon remembers what it was like. As parents we try so hard to teach appreciation, gratefulness and patience but it’s so hard to be any of those things when you are little and very very excited! In this book we follow David as he gets scolded for trying to grab Christmas cookies, for peeking at gifts, and my son’s favorite naughty behavior, writing his name in the snow…with pee.  Over the years I have had readers say that they aren’t a fan of the original No! David because they worried it would spark naughty ideas but that is not what these books do. Young kids have a very natural sense of what is right and wrong and they are laughing because they know what he is doing is wrong and even David knows that he has messed up, as he fears Santa will leave him nothing but coal. Of course we all know that David is not a bad kid ( Are there bad kids? I don’t think so! ) and his heart is in the right place even if sometimes he makes bad choices. Both my kids loved this book and I loved the underlying message to parents that being a kid is tough especially when parents are busy.

Now here is the best part! This book was supplied to me by Scholastic Book Club to review and is featiured in their December Book Club fliers ( so if you get them look out for it! ) and they are also giving me one to give away.  Hooray!

To enter for a chance to win your own copy of It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon all you need to do is leave a comment on this post  telling me the title of your all time favorite book.

The giveaway will close  Sunday December 4th 2011 at 10pm PST.  The winner will be chosen by and please only one entry per person.


Disclosure : I was not paid for this review although I did get to choose the book I recieved free to keep and giveaway. All opinions are mine .


  1. Kara Fiedler says

    My all-time favorite fiction book is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, but I’m pretty sure my daughter’s is The Tushy Book! :)

  2. kt says

    My favorite book? That’s tough. I love so many. I’ll go with Bel Canto By Ann Patchett. Thanks for the giveaway. We love David and hit antics.

  3. Meghan says

    Growing up I loved the ramona books, now I’m learning all new books since I have a son. My favorite book for me is To Kill a Mockingbird. Thanks!

  4. Alice S says

    My all-time favorite? that is a hard question…”anne of green gables” is probably the winner.

    I would love to win this for my son who is named “david.”

  5. Kira says

    Oh gosh…I don’t know that I can pick a favorite book…there are so many! My 2.5 year old’s favorite books are Blueberries for Sal, Pinkalicious, and anything Little Critter though!

  6. Nadine Saubert says

    WOW– One book– now that is hard! I must say Corduroy by Don Freeman.It is the first book I bought for my first child 11 years ago and all 3 kids LOVE it and it has that “emotional connection” for me!

  7. Dawn says

    All time Favorite book is The Lorax by Dr. Seuss , I think it is the most beautiful, and truthful book that all can learn from young and old. :)

  8. Alanna T says

    “I’ll Love You Forever” is my all time favorite. My mom used to read it to us and to this day still includes the poem in cards. When my daughter was born she gave me my own copy :)

  9. Colleen says

    Eloise is my all time fave since my own childhood. even though i’ve been blessed with two boys, we all find it to be whimsical and worldly. “absolutely love the plaza!” Thanks for another great giveaway

  10. Courtney says

    My all-time favorite book is the help by kathryin stockett. My 2-year old son’s current favorite is green eggs and ham. :)

  11. says

    That’s such a tough question! I love our Dr. Seuss books that were passed down to my son from when my dad was a boy–especially The Sleep Book and I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Saloo. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. says

    Well it sounds like “it’s Christmas, David!” is a bit of an edgy book, but that’s ok because your explanation of it makes a lot of sense.

    I have to go with another Dr. Seuss book for a favorite, one that not so many people are familiar with, “McElligot’s Pool” – Thanks!

  13. says

    our favorite thing to read right now are fairytales. I have a book with a huge selection of fairtales, fables, and the like. I have always loved reading them and am especially excited my son likes to hear them now too.

  14. Viviana says

    My sister wrote a book for my first daughter, it’s called “My name is Isa”, it is by far my all time favorite!

  15. Melissa says

    My favorite book to read to my children is Harold and the Purple Crayon. we have a collection and adore it. Also love the Skippyjon Jones series.

  16. says

    Oooo, so hard to choose just one!!! My answer may be different tomorrow, but today i’d say “Green Eggs & Ham” because it’s just so much fun to read with kids! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. says

    I just love the David books. My son IS David! But as for my all time favorite book….hmmmm…I really have to choose just one????? I’ve read “The Phantom of the Opera” several times as well as “Many Waters” by Madeleine L’Engle. Might be tied. The Secret Garden would be a close 2nd.

  18. Joellen says

    My favorite book – Number the Stars by lois lowry but my children’s favorite books are the ugly pumpkin and fantastic mr fox

    • Sharon Castellanos says

      That is a great book too. A companion book to that would be The Yellow Star. I taught fourth grade and read Number the Stars with a small group and The yellow Star to the whole class. I always got teary eyed.

  19. Paige says

    I’m not sure I can pick a single favorite, but two of my top books are “If I Ran the Zoo” and “The Little Princess”.

  20. Erin says

    So many favorite books…I’ll have to go with the book that I’m currently loving reading to my daughter – Christmas in the Big Woods.

  21. says

    The Snowman – it gets me every time, just pulls those heart strings. As a child, I remember how I loved “getting” the story with just the pictures and my imagined dialogue.

  22. Therese H says

    While it’s not my favorite children’s book- it certainly is one of my favorite to read to my kiddos- LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA!

  23. says

    My favourite book? hard to say only one, but the first one that came to my mind is the neverending story. I love it, i can’t wait to read it to my children, but they are too little yet.

  24. Aly C says

    I love the David series…so happy to see more being written! My all time favorite book is The Wizard of Oz…I could read it again and again.

  25. says

    My favorite? That’s tough…I think I”ll go with Andrea’s answer too…Love Tuesdays with morrie…in High school my favorite was A Tale of Two Cities. My older girl likes Cam Jansen.

  26. says

    My all time fave book? Well, for kids books it has to be The Paper Bag Princess by Ribert Munsch. But honestly, between kids & adult books there are just too many great books to choose from! :)

  27. says

    My all time favorite book is “Are you my mother” by Dr. Seuss! i have a 2 1/2 year old little girl who is just beginning to love his books!

  28. Courtney says

    My family & I love the David books too. They are just the perfect balance of mischief and curiosity, this one sounds like a keeper too!

  29. Sarah says

    It’s so hard to choose just one all time favorite book! I’d have to say one on the top of my list is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, I love reading it every single time!

  30. Julie says

    There are so many, but if I had to choose only one, my favorite children’s book would be “Ish” by Peter h. Reynolds.

  31. Marsha says

    My personal favorite book is the Bible, but my favorite kid’s book would have to be No, David! by David Shannon.

  32. Rachel says

    The most popular book in my house right now is goodnight moon! My favorite book of all time is 3rd and indiana. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  33. Katie says

    Mine is 100 Years of Solitude. My favorite from when I was younger is From the mixed of Files of Mrs Basil E Freankweiler. I can’t wait for my daughter to be old enough to read it as I know she’ll love it, too. My son LOVES the David books. As an active little boy, I think he can relate!

  34. Elyse Starr says

    I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and my favorite book to use with my students is called, ‘Cook-a-Doodle Doo’. It’s a take off of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and features her grandaughter who bakes strawberry shortcake with the help of three animals. There are tons of multiple meaning words that the animals take literally and all sorts of mishaps occur. My students love the book, laugh at the animals mistakes with language, and as an added bonus we make strawberry shortcake after reading the story!

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  36. Jamie says

    Mine is Charlotte’s Web. I think that my son loves anything maisy and he LOVES No David! I would love to get this Christmas book for him as well!

  37. Angie Cato says

    Big people book: The agony and the Ecstasy by irving stone. first read it as a junior in high school and it changed the way i thought about life, about art, about books, about school. everything.
    Little people book: the chronicles of narnia… all of them.

  38. Amy E. says

    My very favorite book is “Where the Wild Things Are”. I loved it as a kid. My husband loved it as a kid. I love that we can recite the book together in the car to entertain our cranky boy – from memory! We all roar our terrible roars, gnash our terrible teeth, and show our terrible claws!

  39. Anna Good says

    My favorite all-time book? Ugh. That’s a tough one. It’s like having to choose my favorite child. No, David was my son’s favorite book of 2008. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. There. That’s my answer.

  40. Jen says

    That’s a tough question! That’s changed so many times in my life. Right now i’d say it’s The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Thanks!

  41. Courtney says

    Seriously, the entire Harry Potter series. I have read it and listened to it via audio book more times than I can dare count and I still pick up on new things each time. Thanks so much for this giveaway!

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  43. Linda says

    my favorite children’s book is Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present. it has beautiful illustrations, and is a great story. I love the David books, too. My Pre-K class adores all of them.

  44. Jen says

    soooooo many — Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, Mr. Was (I teach English). Kid favs: The Giving Tree, Mommy Mine, The Rain Came Down, Too Many Toys, all of the Chris Van Allsburg books, Shel Silverstein poems, and so many more…

  45. Ellen says

    Alltime favorite is a hard one but a favorite from my childhood that I enjoy reading to my boys now is “Where the Wild Things Are.”. Though on second thought it migth have to be a Sel Silverstein book, either “Where the Sidewalk Ends” or “There’s a Light in the Attic”.

  46. Bonnie Smith says

    I grew up on Dr. Suess so he’s my favorite. I love oh the places you’ll go. I work in an elementary school Library and one of your books go out at least once a week usually more! My student would love this new book!!

  47. DeAndra Chmelyk says

    Nancy Tillman’s On the Night You Were Born. Bought it for Russell when he was born and read it at nap time for years. Every time I knew he fell asleep knowing how special he was and it made me cry almost every time as well. I have given it as gifts over and over as well.

  48. Irma G. says

    I loved reading runaway Bunny to my daughter when she was a young child and now enjoy sharing the story to my grand-daughter.

  49. Alexandra says

    My favorite adult book is Outlander. It’s so hard to choose just one children’s book – growing up I loved The Phantom Tollbooth, but I love reading the Beatrix Potter stories to my own kids now. And we all love the David books! :)

  50. Sharon says

    My daughter’s favorite book is “The Pain & the Great One” by Beverly Cleary. My son’s favorite is the Bible story of David and Goliath…and the Veggie Tales version…and the Caleb & Katie version… My favorites are the Harry Potter series. Fun for the whole family!

  51. says

    my all time favorite among so many? Depends on my mood….Hawk, I’m Your Brother by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall is probably the one I’d choose today!

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