Thanks so much to Gisela Hausmann for her awesome 5-star review for Manner-Man!
“Manner-man” is a fabulous book. As I read the book I thought that it is much more needed than when I was a child. In the 21st century, bullying has become a societal problem. Many parents wonder how to cope with it and how to protect their children.
Of course, like everything in life, bullying starts small. A toy is taken away, somebody is getting punched…
In her book Sherrill S. Cannon’s protagonist is encouraged to find a “solution” how to deal with this problem himself.
Here is why Cannon’s “approach” is brilliant. Not only does her protagonist learn (1) to “stand up”, (2) encourage others, thereby also (3) empowering others, he also learns to call “Manner-Man.” (Manner-Man is a super hero – in a golden suit with a huge blue “M” for Manner-Man on his chest.)
Cleverly, Sherrill Cannon rolls many elements into one super hero concept:
• Manner-Man is a cool super hero who looks for helpers (like Batman had his Robin)
• Standing up is a virtue
• everybody is working on bettering their society
• Calling “Manner-Man’ is empowering as well as liberating.
In essence it’s a double-coolness factor story. The bad guys are just bullies. They don’t empower anybody and no super hero shows up to support them.
Perfect for at home and in the classroom!
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
PS: I also appreciated that Sherrill Cannon featured boy-bullies and girl-bullies. Sadly, we learn that both genders bully others. It’s time to put a stop to that.