Title: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece | Author: Sherrill S. Cannon | Illustrator: Kalpart | Publication Date: January 31, 2014 | Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing | Pages: 28 | Recommended Ages: 4 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)
Summary: Have you ever seen a “work of art” worth millions, which looks like something your child just brought home from school? The dual perspective of “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder” and just a little bit of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” is evident in this clever artwork story of a child who paints a fingerpaint print in class and then loses it in the wind on the way home. Illustrated from the point of view of a child, whose identity is left to the imagination of the reader since all of the illustrations are what the child sees, the fingerpaint print is interpreted by official “judges” as well as by bystanders. Should people be influenced by what others see, or use their own self-esteem to make their own judgments?
1. What is the book about? This book is about a girl (or maybe a boy) who paints a project at school and it got blown over to the “Rainbow Connection”, an art dealer’s store. Then, the picture goes in a pile of art and into an art gallery where it is in a contest. The judges are looking at the picture like they like it and the person who made it thought that the judges weren’t going to like it. The picture wins first place.
2. What do you think of the book cover and the images inside the book? I really liked the cover and the pictures in the book. I liked the picture of the painting a lot.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book? My favorite part of the book is when the picture wins first place. I was happy for the person who painted it. But I still don’t know if it was a boy or a girl. People saw things in the painting and on the next page, they turned the page upside down and there really were those things people said they saw. That was really cool. It was cool how there were characters from the other books and the book covers. I noticed them!
4. What do you think about the painting? I really liked the painting and there was a dog in it and then when I looked at it, I saw it as a giraffe and then later in the book, it said the dog looked like a big red giraffe, which is what I was thinking before we read that part. I sort of think that the painting should have won first place, but it was just a kids’ painting.
5. What are some of the things you learned about art from the book? I learned that just because you don’t like something you make, doesn’t mean that other people don’t like it.
6. Overall, what did you think about the book? I really liked this book. It was funny because I saw the big red giraffe and then someone else talks about it later in the book.
7. Who do you think would like this book? I think girls and boys 10 years old and younger would like this book.
Son Rating: ★★★★★
Son Rating: ★★★★★
My Thoughts: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is another fantastic rhyming picture book by the award-winning author, Sherrill Cannon. We have had the pleasure of reviewing a number of Ms. Cannon’s books including Gimme-Jimmy, Santa’s Birthday Gift, and Manner-Man. We are big fans of Shannon Cannon’s books in our house and, as far as we are concerned, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece is yet another winner!
I have been to many art galleries and, I must admit, that my appreciation for the more “abstract” paintings is definitely lacking. I have frequently found myself saying, “I can paint that!” Have you heard of the “Voice of Fire” by Barnett Newman? I had the pleasure of feasting my eyes on this nearly $1.76 million piece of art in Ottawa. Here it is:
It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? Well, this is precisely the issue being tackled in My Fingerpaint Masterpiece. This book literally imagines what would happen when a child’s unfinished piece of art inadvertently ends up in a gallery in an art contest and actually wins the blue ribbon prize. As the art critics extol the virtues of the masterfully-crafted painting, the artist him/her-self (yes, Cannon purposely does not reveal the gender of the main character – brilliant!) attempts to explain that it is just a picture painted in art class at their school, but nobody believes them. This was a very clever little story.
The story is told in rhyme, therefore you know I simply must say something about it. This is a relatively lengthy book (lengthier than Cannon’s previous stories) and I thought that the rhyming and meter were excellent! It was easy to read aloud and there were some parts that had us laughing out loud. Here is an excerpt where that giraffe is first mentioned:
I don’t think they really knew just what it was.
Even I, though I drew it, wasn’t certain because
It wasn’t quite finished: my dog was a blob,
And I wished that I’d made sure to finish the job!
Embarrassed and blushing, I thought they would laugh:
My dog looked much more like a big red giraffe.
My Bottom Line: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece features solid rhyming and meter, bright and kid-friendly illustrations with cameo appearances of characters (and covers) from previous books hidden in the pictures; and a solid plot-line with an important underlying message about “beauty being in the eye of the beholder”. I highly recommend this (and other books by Sherrill Cannon) for children ages 4 to 8 years.
* This book was provided to me by the author free-of-charge in exchange for our honest reviews. All opinions expressed are our own. The author is participating in Mother Daughter Book Reviews promotion services.*
More Buzz About the Book
“Sherrill S. Cannon’s newest release is another Masterpiece that will add a splash of color to any child’s library. Known for the charming rhyming verse in her previous books that have helped children learn the importance of good manners, “My Fingerpaint Masterpiece” is another great book with a new twist. Readers will still enjoy her lively rhyming style and the beautiful illustrations by Kalpart, but children will learn about using their talents…A delightful story from start to finish, this will be another bedtime favorite for young children.” ~ 5 Star Review, J. C. Powelson, Amazon
“Sherrill S. Cannon authored yet another delightful children’s book that should be added to all kid libraries. In “My Fingerpaint Masterpiece” the author, who in all her books deals with kid-relevant issues, tackles the subjects of self-esteem and perception…Lovely rhymes and wonderful images complete this charming and appealing children’s book. Highly recommended!” ~ 5 Star Review, Sarah M., Amazon
About the Author: Sherrill S. Cannon
Former teacher Sherrill S. Cannon has won a dozen awards for her five previous rhyming books and is also the author of six published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children. She has been called “a modern day Dr. Seuss” by GMTA Review.
Sherrill and her husband of 52 years are now retired, and they travel in their RV from the east coast to the west coast each year to spend time with their children and grandchildren… sharing their books along the way!
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