Category Archives: Fingerpaint

Note from my Irish Kid Reviewers

Worth 1000 Words!!!

Worth 1000 Words!!!

As most of you know, my newest book, My Little Angel, will be released soon, and I have contacted many of my Kid Reviewers to request another review!  I was delighted to get this response from Crystal of confirming Tristan and Kallista are looking forward to another review!

“You must have heard me tell the children earlier today that I had an email from you that need a reply 😉 Or maybe it was Kallista splashing some milk in her eyes and Tristan saying she would cry a lake of sour tears like the Whimper Whineys….Time continues to fly by! We’re doing more hands-on school at the moment which is fun, but more time consuming – but worth it for the learning and the time together! Tomorrow we’ll do an art project together – Kallista always calls them fingerpaint masterpieces – no matter what the medium.

Yes, Tristan and Kallista will be thrilled and honoured to review your latest masterpiece!”

9 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

9 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!


My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is Truly a Masterpiece!

Another Holiday suggestion is My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, winner of nine awards including the Gold Medal K-3 Readers’ Favorite Award as well as a Readers’ Favorite Illustration Award.  My illustrator, Kalpart, is awesome!

9 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

9 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece deals with perspective, perception and self-esteem as a child fingerpaints artwork in class, and later discovers it as part of the town’s Art Contest. Have you ever looked at a multi-million dollar painting in a museum and thought that your kindergartener might have painted it?  This is part of the theme of this book, where the illustrations are all from the point of view of the child artist, whose identity is never revealed.  When giving book readings at the schools I always ask the children to vote on whether or not the child telling the story is a girl or a boy.  Not surprisingly, it’s usually split 50-50, according to the voters’ gender!

There are also hidden objects in the fingerpaint masterpiece itself, which the readers have fun discovering.  Here is a sample, although I’m not sure I got all of them.  This is the page showing the upside down “masterpiece”, outlining some of the secrets…


Hidden Objects in the Fingerpaint Masterpiece

Hidden Objects in the Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece was also a double Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Awards, as well as winning a National Indie Excellence Finalist Award, a Global eBook Bronze Medal, a Reviewer’s Choice H.M., a Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval and a Pinnacle Achievement Award.

The book is available on my website at

Also on amazon at link

And Barnes and Noble at link

Another great 5-star review for My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

8 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

8 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

Thanks again to Miriam Ruff, of Bumbershoot, Inc., for the great 5-star review of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece!

Why are Grownups So Strange?,  5-stars


Miriam S. Ruff

This review is from: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece (Kindle Edition)

I certainly am no expert on painting, and I’m often at a loss as to what people “see” in something that looks like it was thrown together at random by someone who wasn’t really paying attention. That made this story of a young child’s art-project-turned-masterpiece very funny and quite endearing. It was also a great commentary on how puzzling the adult world can be for a child. Kudos to Cannon for telling it so beautifully from that child’s point of view.

Fun to Find on’s Award Winning Books

8 Awards, including  Illustration Award for Kalpart!

8 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

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“awards winning books”






See Art with Your Heart! My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

8 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

8 Awards, including Illustration Award for Kalpart!

A friend reminded me about how much her children enjoy My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, so I thought I’d remind all of you!  The book is a 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner Children’s K-3, as well as winner of the Illustration Award!

Book Review

Gold Medal Children's K-3

Gold Medal Children’s K-3


Readers\’ Favorite Book Contest Award WinnerReaders\’ Favorite Illustration Contest Award Winner

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite

Illustration Award

Illustration Award

“Beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder and nothing illustrates that truth better than My Fingerpaint Masterpiece written by Sherrill S. Cannon and illustrated by Kalpart. When a child is interrupted from a fingerpainting of his dog while at school, it is the start of a chain of events that leads one to wonder exactly how people determine what art becomes a masterpiece. On the way home, the child’s painting is blown out of his hands and lands in an art shop. It is then accidentally entered into an art contest and after the judges turn it in every direction, they decide that it is the winning entry. Disgusted with the outcome and the way that everyone is attempting to discover the deep meaning of his painting, the child tries to get everyone’s attention, but no one will believe him.

Sherrill S. Cannon and Kalpart have created a delightful story that actually gets right to the heart of what I think about some of the “masterpieces” that I have seen. My Fingerpaint Masterpiece expresses a truth about abstract art that few would ever admit. Splash several different colors on a canvas and anyone who is an “official critic” with enough imagination to make it into something will determine that it is a masterpiece. The colorful interpretation of the story by the illustrator of this story far exceeds many of the “masterpieces” in the modern art world in my opinion. Funny, colorful and brilliant, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece will put a satisfied smile on your face as you consider how silly some people can be about art.”

Introducing Cassie, my Teen Jr. Reviewer!!

cassiePlease meet Cassie, my Teen Jr. Reviewer, who has reviewed my last three books. She was also in one of the illustrations in My Fingerpaint Masterpiece as a teenager spectator.

Since her niece is a 5-yr-old, she is able to read to her as well…so I get the benefit of the opinions of both age levels! (Fortunately, they both agree!!)

“Hi Sherrill – This is my review:

The Golden Rule by Sherrill S. Cannon is a great book that teaches kids to treat others how they would like to be treated. It has a lot of great points for kids to learn. I thought that it was cool how Sherrill made it sound like a game, the way she had kids searching for the ruler and then they realized it was the “Golden Rule”. It’s an all around cool book for kids of all ages to enjoy. Any age can get valuable lessons from this book and run with it! Sherrill, I loved reading the book, and keep up the awesome books!!!!”

Thanks, Cassie

Thanks, Cassie

Not only is Cassie another of my Cure JM kids, requiring monthly medical infusions, but she also suffers from Juvenile Arthritis, and has hearing loss in one of her ears. In spite of all of this, she has a wonderfully positive and inspirational attitude.


Two Fans

Two Fans

She was also recently part of the Texas Jr Miss pageant, and is a spokesperson for the Imbullyfree organization.

Imbullyfree Spokesperson

Imbullyfree Spokesperson

Cassandra is truly beautiful, inside and out!!  

Thanks so much, Cassie for endorsing my books.


Please Meet my Kid Reviewer, Ashlyn!

Ashlyn, my Kid Reviewer

Ashlyn, my Kid Reviewer

Please meet the first of my “Kid Reviewers”, 5-yr-old Ashlyn, who has been a big fan since she was quite little! This is her review of The Golden Rule, as posted by her mother:

“Ashlyn Rainn is not old enough to write her own review but she is smart enough to voice her opinion. “The Golden Rule” according to Ashlyn, is an awesome book. She loves the book and the meaning behind it. She was so excited getting to the climax of the story. She couldn’t wait to find out what the golden rule was. She got thrilled by the end of the book and then started pulling all her other Sherrill S. Cannon books out for me to read to her because those are her favorite books of all time. Thank you Sherrill for writing awesome books. This is the newest book just released by author Sherrill S. Cannon. The Golden Rule or any of Sherrill’s other books, please shop through the link. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cure JM. (

Her mother Donna also posted:

“❤❤❤Ashlyn goes nuts over Sherrill S. Cannon books. They are the best children books by far for teaching valuable lessons without the child really knowing that they’re learning. I love these books.”

This relationship started when Ashlyn was just 3-yrs-old

“We all love your books and think that you are a fabulous author, the next Dr. Seuss. We love you. You gave us a 3 year old child that wants to read books with us. Until we had your books, she would not sit down to read any book. Now Ashlyn comes up and begs us to read the books to us. Thank you again.”

And later…

“How do you do it? This book is GREAT! I love it and the illustrations are

Budding Artist...

Budding Artist…

fantastic. You always manage to impress me and I am not easy to impress. I love your writing. You are amazing. The kids love this book too. You are an outstanding author. Love it!”

As well as..

“That book Mice & Spiders & Webs…Oh My! Is fantastic. Ashlyn loves all of your books, but got this one and like the rest, she can’t get enough. We love your books…”

Favorite Fans!

Favorite Fans!

Of course the fact that Cassandra, who is one of my Jr. Reviewers for the most recent three books, is Ashlyn’s aunt is very helpful. Cassie reads to Ashlyn!!!   So please stay tuned for Cassie’s review in my next post!!