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A Walking Advertisement for Manner-Man!

Manner-Man Badge

Manner-Man Badge

I received the cutest note from a Mom.  As mentioned in the back of my Manner-Man book, a child can request a Manner-Man badge.  I love this comment!

“Thank you so much for the sticker — my son has placed it on the very front of his construction helmet that he wears at all times. He is now a walking advertisement for Manner-Man! It gets quite the reaction from moms at the park.”

Thanks for sharing!!

Thank you Andy Mulberry for the nice Interview and Giveaway

5 Awards

5 Awards

Thanks to Andy Mulberry, author of middle-grade fiction, for this wonderful interview!  One print copy and one eBook of My Fingerpaint Masterpiece will be part of her Giveaway.

Please click here for complete Interview and Giveaway:

Andy Mulberry Interview and Giveaway

I asked: Please recommend a children’s book for me to read.
Sherrill answered: Other than my own books, which I’d love to share with you, please pick any Dr. Seuss book – although I have to say that Horton Hatches the Egg is my favorite… I love his ability to rhyme with meter, and the underlying validation of loyalty and commitment. (Nature vs. nurture?)

I asked: What is your favorite dessert?
Sherrill answered: A single piece of Dove Dark Chocolate with Almonds…every night!

I asked: If you were an animal, what would you be?
I’m very happy with being myself, but I can see myself as a dog… I tend to like people, and love to give…and especially enjoy hugging.

I asked: Do you have any strange writing habits?
Sherrill answered: Many people ask me if I always write in rhyme, and that happens to be what I consider a “strange writing habit” since I often think in rhyme as well. Of course only my children’s stories are in rhyme – but it’s definitely a different process. One has to have something to say, and some point to make, but it all has to be conveyed not only by using rhyming words, but also by putting them into a specific meter. This involves having the accents of the words fit into a pattern – which I usually refer to as the “music of the words”. It’s not enough to have words rhyme at the end of a line – and this is where many authors of children’s books have problems.

I asked: What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Sherrill answered: The most important investment any author should make is to have your book edited! Nothing turns a reader off more quickly than repeated typos, grammatical errors or lack of proper punctuation. Since my experience is in rhyming children’s books, I’d like to offer some additional advice about this. Please be very diligent about staying within a specific meter (or cadence) and always read your books out loud before sending them anywhere official. Editing is imperative, but often editors don’t really understand the need for meter. Sometimes editors forget that “said”, “answered” and “responded” are not interchangeable in lyrical poetry!!! Consequently, you should read your book aloud again after editing, before accepting any changes! I could go on and on, but If anyone has any further questions, please write to me. My email is sherrillcannon@aol.com

I asked: What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Sherrill answered: I have just gone into illustration for my seventh children’s book, to be released in April 2015 (hopefully.) The title is Teacher’s Warning. It differs a little from my previous books, although it still attempts to teach values to children disguised as a fun story. This one emphasizes the need to be a good listener! It is fun to be working with my illustrator, Kalpart, again. Since this talented artistic team has illustrated all my books, I am able to request repeat cameo appearances from previous characters, as well as covers from my other books, within the pages (which my fans seem to love to find!) It also includes the names of those who have contributed through the fundraisers…so if you hurry, you might get your name included in Teacher’s Warning also!

Thank you so much, Sherrill, for being a guest on my blog today and generously offering to give away your book! I very much enjoyed reading it and had fun trying to figure out if the artist is a boy or girl! Reader tip: read the “Special Note from Sherrill” at the end of the book, for some advice at looking at the “masterpiece”!

Lovely Review of Santa’s Birthday Gift by Laura Davis

What Santa Gives...not Gets

What Santa Gives…not Get

I received this lovely review of Santa’s Birthday Gift from reviewer and author Laura Davis and want to share:

Please click here for review:  Santa’s Birthday Gift Review by Laura Davis

Santa’s Birthday Gift by author Sherrill S. Cannon is a book I wish my kids could have had as children.

Two Christmas stories are combined in one beautiful little book that is sure to become a traditional read at Christmas time for many families.

The author has created a delightful story that is both poignant and magical, keeping the real meaning of Christmas alive and answering the questions, who is Santa Claus and what does he have to do with the real meaning of Christmas?

This rhyming book takes Santa on an adventure from a simple toy maker to a star follower. He follows the star right into Bethlehem where he meets the baby Jesus. When he sees that gifts are being given to Jesus, he wants to give his most precious gifts too – toys! When he discovers something magical about his Christmas sack, he vows to bring toys to every child in the world in honour of the newborn King.

This book is a Reader’s Favorite Winner and an Indie Excellent Finalist and one you are sure to enjoy with your children each and every Christmas.

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Review…Tristan’s new favorite!

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I received an awesome review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys from Crystal McClean this morning…just in time for Halloween!!

Here is the link: Crystals Tiny Treasures Review of Peter and the Whimper-Whineys

Peter and The Whimper-Whineys
October 17, 2014 by Crystal McClean 

Have you ever experienced periods where your children drive you crazy with whining? Come on, be honest, we’ve all suffered through this stage a time or two…or three.., well, you get the picture. There are even times when I even annoy myself by whining! Unfortunately, I’m not the perfect role model all of the time…or even most of the time, but I do try. Thankfully, Sherrill S. Cannon was also such a child, and her mother had a creative story she used to tell the children. It was called Peter And The Whimper-Whineys.

Peter and The Whimper-Whineys Review

Peter And The Whimper-Whineys was the first book written by Sherrill S. Cannon. In fact, it re-tells the story her mother had told her children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren. Sherrill thought it had such good value that she put the story to paper, using her lovely rhyming style that helps to lighten the mood in this darker book.

Peter is a little rabbit, and he’s not a very happy bunny. He has a very negative attitude. He thinks that life isn’t fair; his sister has more soup in her bowl, more jam on her roll, and he doesn’t want to share or play with her. He wants everything his way. Peter’s mother tells him that if he doesn’t calm down and stop whining, he’ll be sent away into the forest with the Whimper-Whineys.

Who are the Whimper-Whineys?
When Peter goes to bed that night, he leaves the house and finds a strange man in the forest who has come to take him to Whimper-Whiney Land. The Whimper-Whineys live deep in the forest and they spend their days crying so much that they’ve created ponds. Everything is sour in Whimper-Whiney Land. Their milk has curdled with their salty tears, and everything has gone bad. They don’t have any table-manners and are generally rude. No one is happy in Whimper-Whiney Land.

Finally Peter has had enough of the ill-mannered Whimper-Whineys and tries to head home. He doesn’t know which way to go when he stubs his toe and wakes up in his own bed once again.

With the sun shining, and his mother calling him for breakfast, Peter realizes that it has all been a dream.

What do my children think about Peter and The Whimper-Whineys?
My children were excited to receive this book from Sherrill, and as you can see, it’s this book that has Tristan’s attention!

Books in the post from Sherrill S. Cannon

Peter and The Whimper-Whineys puts a smile on the children’s face if I ask them if they are a Whimper-Whiney when the day is long and the tempers are short. It’s enough to distract them and I can redirect their attention to something else. There is a common theme among all of Sherrill’s books, and that is that you’ll find a moral in each of them. This story fits right in with the fairy tales of old. The actions of the characters have consequences (don’t talk to strangers, don’t go into the forest alone).

It can be hard when you’re stuck in a cycle of being sour and not liking things. You may not always have control over the actions of others or the things around you. However, you can have control of yourself and your own attitude. Tristan’s favourite part of the story is the final page because Peter is happy. I love that he’s such a positive kid!

I snapped this photo of Tristan having a quiet moment looking over Peter And The Whimper-Whineys before we sat down to read it.

Tristan

Reading Peter and The Whimper-Whineys, great books for children

If you’d like to see a little more about this, and other books Sherrill has written (Gimme-Jimmy, The Magic Word, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece, Santa’s Birthday Gift, or Manner Man), she has some sample pages available to read on Freado. “I love the music of words, and I try to help children hear that music…” If you like what you see, you can find out more about Sherrill on her webpage, follow her on Facebook, or learn more about raising money for the JM Foundation.

The latest press release has Sherrill being the recipient of 28 awards in total for her 6 children’s books! What an honour, and well-deserved as her books are entertaining, colourful, and also tell a real-life lesson. My children love her books, and we wonder just what she’ll be coming up with next. Sherrill has plenty of experiences to draw from when she writes. She enjoys travelling across the USA in her camper to visit with her children and grand-children. She’s also a retired elementary school teacher, which no doubt provided a treasure-trove of ideas for her books.

Do you have a Wimper-Whiney in your home? How do you deal with it? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Peter and the Whimper-Whineys gets 5-Star Review in time for Halloween!

Whine-Stopper!

Whine-Stopper!

I was delighted to discover another 5-star review for Peter and the Whimper-Whineys!  Peter has been hippity-hopping along for a few years now, helping kids learn how to stop whining, and introducing them to the Whimper-Whineymen who are just a little bit scary (especially at Halloween)…Please take a look at the cute Kalpart cover… Can you see the Whineyman hiding behind the title?

At any rate, here is the lovely review I received from Lorilyn Roberts:

A Delightful Story Told in Rhyme
By Lorilyn Roberts – October 14, 2014

“I’ve read other stories by Sherrill Cannon but this is my favorite yet. As a mother of two daughters who are almost grown, I wish I’d had her books when they were little. The story is fun to read and has a wonderful ending. “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” even speaks to me as an adult. Next time I’m tempted to complain I’ll remember the Whimper-Whineys and remind myself I don’t want to be one.

I leave for Nepal soon and plan on taking this book with me to share with the children there. “Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” is sure to be a big hit and I look forward to reading it to young ears.”

As mentioned, Lorilyn, who is the founder of the John 3:16 Marketing Network, is traveling to Nepal to deliver lots of books to the orphans there, and I have sent her my books to share with the children as well.

Lovely 5-Star Review for Manner-Man from Valerie Allen titled “Do Unto Others”

Manner-Man a Kids' Superhero!

Manner-Man a Kids’ Superhero!

“Sherrill Cannon did a fine job with this book about good manners and anti bullying. She created a believable super hero for youngsters, who is one of the good guys. Manner-Man teaches children how to confront issues and deal with them successfully. The underlying message, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you,” will appeal to parents, grandparents, teachers, and those working with young children. Written in rhyme, the chorus verse will be enjoyed and repeated by kids. The illustrations by Kalpart are delightful and attractive to kids. Overall, a good book to have in any youngsters collection.”

Valerie is also putting Manner-Man on display that the Meet the Authors’ Book Fair on November 22-23 in Melbourne, FL…  More about this Book Fair can be found at authorsforauthors.com