Big David, Little David


32 pages
ISBN 0-385-31093-5
DDC j813'.54






Illustrations by Alan Daniel
Reviewed by Leigh Dodds

Leigh Dodds is an elementary-school teacher in North Bay, Ontario.


Nick is an imaginative kindergarten student who begins his school year
with a question: could one of his classmates, who looks like his father
and has the same name as his father, really be his dad? Through a series
of humorous situations, Nick attempts to trick his parents into
revealing the truth; however, it isn’t until Parents’ Night at the
school that Nick solves the mystery. Upon learning the truth about Big
David and Little David, Nick has a trick up his sleeve for his parents.

Although often humorous and entertaining, this story becomes
unnecessarily confusing under the weight of all the Big David / Little
David references; momentum is lost and the reader begins to wish for an
early ending. Alan Daniel’s vibrant and comical illustrations,
however, give the book tremendous visual appeal. Recommended with


Hinton, S.E., “Big David, Little David,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 13, 2024,