Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to provide a review of the picture book “Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My!” by Sherrill S. Cannon.
Title: Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My! | Author: Sherrill S. Cannon | Illustrator: Kalpart | Publication Date: March 19, 2015 | Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, LLC | Pages: 30 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: Is your child a good listener? Rosemary is a little girl who is worried about returning to school after her teacher warns the class that they would soon have some mice, spiders, and webs in the classroom. Could Rosemary have misunderstood something? How can mice and spiders and webs belong at school? Full of “Computer Speak,” this story introduces young readers to basic computer terms in a delightful way! See if your child can discover the mystery of the misunderstood words, and learn about the fun of computers with Rosemary.
My Thoughts: Sherrill Cannon delivers another whimsical rhyming tale with an important underlying lesson about learning to be a good listener in the delightful Mice & Spiders & Webs … Oh My! I love being surprised when reading a story, and this newest tale by one of our favorite picture book authors certainly delivers!
In Mice & Spiders & Webs … Oh My!, the reader is introduced to Rosemary who comes home from school distressed after her teacher tells the students that a mouse and a spider are soon coming to the class. Or at least, that’s what Rosemary HEARD the teacher say. In order to put her daughter’s mind at ease, Rosemary’s mother takes her to see the teacher who explains exactly what was said. Turns out that Rosemary had not listened very carefully to her teacher; but, you’ll have to read the story to discover what the teacher actually said (definitely worth a chuckle!)
I love Sherrill Cannon’s style. She is an absolute master of rhyming (no, seriously, I don’t know how she does it!). Each story features a relatable main character who is always a young girl or boy the same age as the target audience. There is always an important message underlying the story (in this case, about being a good listener) and the illustrations are so kid-friendly. In true Cannon style, the illustrations feature characters from previous books as well as the covers from her other books in the background. I love this added element of “hide-and-seek”. It’s value-added for true Sherrill Cannon fans.
My Bottom Line: Mice & Spiders & Webs… Oh My! features a wonderful rhyming tale with an important underlying message about “being a good listener”. As an added bonus, the book also features bright and kid-friendly illustrations with cameo appearances of characters and covers from previous books. I highly recommend this (and other books by Sherrill S. Cannon) for children ages 4 to 8 years.
* This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. *
About the Author: Sherrill S. Cannon
Former teacher Sherrill S. Cannon has won twenty-eight awards for her six previous rhyming books, and is also the author of seven published and internationally performed plays for elementary school children. She has been called “a modern day Dr. Seuss” by GTMA Review. “I love to teach, and this book teaches basic computer terms in a fun way. I am retired and spend six months of the year with my husband of 55 years, traveling from coast to coast and sharing books along the way. I grew up in The Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. , where my father was the manager. I’m the original Eloise!”