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David Shannon
David Shannon, Author/Illustrator

 

Biographical Information

  • Current Home:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Date of Birth:
    October 5, 1960
  • Place of Birth:
    Washington, D. C. (Raised in Spokane, Washington)
  • Education:
    B.A., Art Center College of Design
  • Awards:
    Caldecott

 

Fun Facts

  • No, David is based on a book he wrote when he was five years old.
  •  When he works illustrating a book for another author, he does it without talking to the author.
  •  Shannon doesn't use real people for illustrating his characters. He makes them up from "people-watching," but real people have been put inadvertently into his illustrations.
  • His favorite writer is Charles Dickens.
  • How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?  written by Julius Lester got him started as a children's book illustrator.
  • When he was a kid, he filled his sketchbook with drawings.
  • He does research for his books. He starts in the bookstore, because he loves an excuse to buy books, and because he needs them for his research longer than the library allows him to have them out.
  • In A Bad Case of the Stripes he thought about what would happen if instead of chicken pox you got stripes. "Usually I wait until I think I have the story done before I work on the pictures. But it wasn't until some of the paintings were done that the story really came together."
Bibliography
This bibliography contains all the books he both wrote and illustrated.  In a separate bibliography is the books he only illustrated. Not included here is a not yet released Alice, the Fairy.
 
Shannon, David.  1995.  The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza.
     New York:  Blue Sky Press.  ISBN:  0590480901
 
Mr. Shannon's first book is a delightful story of the importance of family and celebrating the holiday season.  In the story Mr. Merriweather started out putting up a tiny string of lights to decorate his house.  After a neighbor makes him feel embarrassed, he gets carried away with making his Christmas display bigger and better that he doesn't realize that he is destroying other's enjoyment of the holiday season. In the end, Mr. Merriweather is reminded what is most important in life.  This story is one of my favorites to read to the students at the holiday season.
 
Shannon, David.  1998. No, David!  New York:  Blue Sky Press.  
     ISBN: 0590930028.
 
It won the Caldecott Honor book award in 1999. In the story David is a young boy who is corrected by his mother when he writes on the wall, tries to get a cookie in a jar out of his reach, tracks mud into the house, etc. Children can relate to his many humorous antics and they bring a smile to the lips of an adult. 
 
Shannon, David.  1999.  David Goes to School.  New York:  Blue
     Sky Press.  ISBN:  0590480871.
 
Another of the David books, this story has many positive reviews and is starred in Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, and School Library Journal.  David's antics continue in this book.  He does many things to which young children can relate.  His dog ate his homework.  He makes faces in the class photo.  In the end of the story, David wins the approval of his teacher.
 
Shannon, David. 2002.  David Gets in Trouble.  New York:  Blue
     Sky  Press.  ISBN:  0439050227.
 
The third of the David books has gotten starred reviews from Booklist, Publisher's Weekly and School Library Journal.  It continues with the lovable but high energy character David. David always has an excuse for his misbehavior. When he lies, David's conscience gets to him and so he confesses knowing his mother loves him anyway.

 

Shannon, David.  1998.  A Bad Case of the Stripes.  New York:  Blue

     Sky Press.  ISBN:  0590929976.

 

Camilla Cream wanted so hard to fit in that she wouldn't eat lima beans because the other kids wouldn't.  One day she is covered in stripes.  Her stripes change each time someone suggests something.  Camilla is cured when she resists peer pressure and eats lima beans. 

 

Shannon, David.  2002. Duck on a Bike. New York:  Blue Sky Press.  ISBN:  0439050235.

 

This book was on ALA's Best' List 2003, School Library Journal's Best Books of 2003, and The Best, Notable, and Recommended for 2003.  Duck rides a bike past all the animals.  No all of them think it is a good thing to do. Some children ride past on bikes and leave their bikes.  The animals rides the bikes.  The last page duck is contemplating the tractor.

 

Shannon, David.  2000.  The Rain Came Down.  New York:  Blue Sky Press.  ISBN:

 

Winner of the Golden Kite Awards for Illustrator in 2002. When the rain started it made the chickens squawk, which caused the cat to meow, which caused the dog to bark etc.  Until it was very noisy and people were angry with each other.  The rain stopped and everyone became quiet and cooperative again.

 

Shannon, David.  2000.  How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball.  

     New York:  Blue Sky Press.  ISBN:  0590474103.

 

A dark tale about a crime boss who tries to put an end to baseball. New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

 

Bibliography

of Illustrated Books

 

Long, Melissa. 2003.  How I Became a Pirate. Illustrated by  

     David Shannon. San Diego:  Harcourt Children's Books.  ISBN:    

     0152018484.

 

Martin, Rafe. 2001.  The Shark God.  Illustrated by David Shannon.

     New York:  A.A. Levine. ISBN: 0590395009.

 

Martin, Rafe. 1996. The Boy Who Lived With Seals.  Illustrated by

     David Shannon.  New York:  Penguin.  ISBN:  06998113527.

 

Martin, Rafe. 1992.  The Rough Faced Girl.  Illustrated by David

     Shannon.  New York: G.P. Putman and Sons.  ISBN: 

     0399218599.

 

Shannon, Mark. 1999.  The Acrobat and the Angel.  Illustrated by

     David Shannon.  New York:  G. P. Putnam's Sons.  ISBN:

     0399229183.

 

Shannon, Mark. 1994. Gawain and the Green Knight.  Illustrated by

     David Shannon.  New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.  ISBN:

     0399224467.

 

Wood. Audrey. 1996. The Bunyans. Illustrated by David Shannon. 

     New York: Blue Sky Press.  ISBN: 0590480898.

 

Yolen, Jane. 1998. Ballad of the Pirate Queens.  Illustrated by David

     Shannon.  San Diego: Harcourt Children's Books. ISBN:

     0152018859.

 

Yolen, Jane. 1996. Encounter. Illustrated by David Shannon.  San

     Diego: Harcourt Children's Books. ISBN: 015201389.

 

Yolen, Jane. 1996. Sacred Places.  Illustrated by David Shannon. 

     San Diego: Harcourt Children's Books. ISBN: 0152699538.

 

 

 

Compare and Contrast

 

     No, David is one of David Shannon's first books to receive a major award, the Caldecott Honor book.  The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza was the first book that he wrote and illustrated. Even though, these two books are picture story books, their styles are very different from each other.

     The setting takes place in David's house. The text in No, David repeats the words "no, David" throughout the book with child-like print. It is more like a listing of David's misbehaviors until David wants to play with his bat and ball in the house.  Even though, his mother says, "Not in the house David"  David breaks a vase with his ball and ends up in time out. David goes to his mother and she tells him, 'Yes, David I still love you!"  About Shannon Booklist says, "aims at a younger audience with this tally of no-nos inspired by a plainly autobiographical book he created as a small child." It is humorous and children see themselves or siblings in the story.

     The setting of The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza takes place mainly outside the Merriweather's house. The text in provides for a full story with a plot and character development.  In it Mr. Merriweather gets carried away with decorating his house for the holiday season that he does not notice how his behavior is affecting those around him. He is reminded what he truly values in his life.   

     In The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza the illustrations are realistic with dark colors creating a more somber note.  Booklist states,"the brilliant colors, depth, and meticulous details of the artwork will be enough to attract plenty of older children."  Kirkus Review says about the illustrations, "The story in the illustrations is incomparably richer and more entertaining than the text, which is framed by light displays that grow more ornate as the book progresses. Rarely do pictures have so much narrative in them."

     In No, David the illustrations are child-like and colors include bright yellows, oranges, and greens.  School Library Journal says, "The vigorous and wacky full-color acrylic paintings portray a lively and imaginative boy whose stick-figure body conveys every nuance of anger, exuberance, defiance, and, best of all, the reassurance of his mother's love."

     Shannon was first an illustrator before he became a writer. These two books are very different in style and content.  These differences seem fitting for two very different books.

    

 

 

 

 

The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza
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No, David
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