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David Shannon's 'Gold!' is a cautionary tale for all ages

If you’ve been around kids at some point in the last two decades, you’ve probably heard of the Caldecott-winning children’s book No, David!, which follows the antics of a mischievous 5-year-old. In addition to the David series, author David Shannon has written and illustrated over 35 books throughout his career and his newest release titled Gold! is a retelling of the King Midas story. Told in verse paired with vibrant and detailed oil paintings, David’s book appeals to readers of all ages. I recently spoke with David Shannon about Gold!, his creative process, and more. Here's our conversation.


Gold! by David Shannon was published by Viking.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.