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Book Review/Giveaway: My Fingerpaint Masterpiece. Ends July 7th

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece

My Fingerpaint Masterpiece by Sherrill S. Cannon, illustration by Kalpart

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?


My Review: To quote the author “Have you ever seen a “work of art” worth millions, which looks like something your child just brought home from school?” Yes, we have, and we wonder why it’s displayed in the gallery or worth millions. As a former art teacher, every art work is worth something and there is always a message behind it.

During Ms Gallagher art class she wanted the children to use their fingers to paint what they see in their mind. A child decided to use the color green for the scene and the color red in the middle of the painting to represent a dog. But wasn’t sure how best to draw a dog.

Then the bell rang and it was time to go home but the picture isn’t complete as it did not have a signature on it. On the way home the wind blew the fingerpaint picture away which landed among an artist artwork which is set for display at the mall later that week.

The child was already running later and believes no one will think the picture was done by an artist.

  • So what happened when the child spotted the fingerprint painting at the wall?
  • Will the judges believe it was done by a child?
  • And will the picture win first place?

The important message in this book is that; always remember to put your name on your work. You never know when your work will be put on display and win a blue ribbon.

Don’t forget to take part in the fun activity after the story ends.

  • Find the other book covers in the story.
  • Recognize any of the children from the other books in the story.
  • Can you find the red dog, giraffe, bird, flower, frog and sun in the Masterpiece? Etc.

The illustrations by Kalpart are colorful, bold and beautiful which helps bring the story to life. I like that the characters from the author’s previous books was added to the storyline. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.


Age: 4-8

Pages: 28


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

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Giveaway Ends July 7th, 2014

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Winner is #18- Laurie Lynch


June 17, 2014 - Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , ,


  1. I still have all 7 of my children’s art work when they were in school. Maaaany years ago. 🙂 This sounds like a fun story and my grandson would love reading this. Thanks for this opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    Comment by carol L | June 17, 2014 | Reply

  2. i check my children s work everyday i repeatedly tell they “no name no grade” maybe one day they will remember

    Comment by aproudmomof6 | June 17, 2014 | Reply

  3. My children all grown, my grandchildren are small. They are creative when it comes to crayons, markers, paint and playdoh, but I never tried the finger painting with them. Now I seen this book a memory was triggered. Fingerpainting is something I use to do with my sons and it was an enjoyable time. The tables are cleared now it’s time to lay massive amount of paper down taped to the table and behold finger paint galore. Now they got their creative hat on and let them have fun, I did not care if they got them on themselves but it was a rule to apply on the paper in front of them. The colors they swirled and the stories they told, I hold that moment in my heart forever. Thanks for the memories:) Darlene Cruz

    Comment by Darlene Cruz | June 17, 2014 | Reply

  4. I keep all my kids art and paintings. My one daughter always forgets her name. I think it’s neat how they discuss it

    Comment by Larissa Brunken | June 17, 2014 | Reply

  5. I adore this book’s cover! Any book that inspires creativity and self-esteem in children
    is wonderful to me…This would be a wonderful book to read with our two sons! Thanks for this opportunity and I am sharing this book giveaway on Twitter ( cmh512 ). Cindi

    Comment by windicindi | June 17, 2014 | Reply

  6. I’m enjoying all the nice comments, and wishing I could just send everyone a copy! It was a fun book to write, since I decided that if it were about perception and perspective then it would be fun to write it from the point of view of the child. It delights me to get reviews mentioning “she did this” as well as “he did this”! My illustrator really did create a masterpiece, especially when you turn the page upside down and find all the hidden illustrations! Good luck to everyone!!!

    Comment by Sherrill S. Cannon | June 18, 2014 | Reply

  7. I have four kids and boxes full of crafts and pictures that they made me. I love busting them out every chance to walk down memory lane.

    Comment by Connie Tillman | June 18, 2014 | Reply

    • I know what you mean…and beauty is really “in the eye of the beholder”, isn’t it? Thanks for responding!

      Comment by Sherrill S. Cannon | June 19, 2014 | Reply

  8. I’d love this! We homeschool. I am addicted to your page and reviews! The best!

    Comment by Amy | June 21, 2014 | Reply

  9. This looks like a very funny and cute story. I totally agree with the I have looked at a painting and thought my son could have done that! Hey I guess you never know though. Maybe I should be saving all of their “masterpieces” in case they are famous one day.

    Comment by KATIE KLEIN | June 22, 2014 | Reply

  10. How fun is this 🙂 My kids love when they paint & they create some very unique pieces. I think they would enjoy this book very much.

    Comment by lisa | June 22, 2014 | Reply

  11. This looks right up my grandkids alley. They love to paint and do any kids of art. Looks like a very fun book.

    Comment by cynthia | June 23, 2014 | Reply

  12. I love the “Can you find the red dog, giraffe, bird, flower, frog and sun in the Masterpiece? Etc.” portion of the review. My granddaughter loves these kinds of activities when we are finished with a book. She also loves any books about art, so this would be a fun book for us to explore togwether.

    Comment by Juanita A May | June 24, 2014 | Reply

    • I’m happy to hear that she likes the Special Note from Sherrill section! I hope she looked at the upside down version…! Most of the characters in this book have been in my previous books as well. That’s also fun for the children to discover!!

      Comment by Sherrill S. Cannon | June 25, 2014 | Reply

  13. My grandson is still to young to write his name. Maybe this will be a good reminder when the time comes. Until then I’m sure he will still enjoy this book!

    Comment by Carol M | June 26, 2014 | Reply

  14. My son is too young to make art for me yet, but I probably will cherish his artwork as much as a priceless museum piece. =)

    Comment by happyhealthyandhome | June 28, 2014 | Reply

  15. I love the idea of this . Art should be only judged by the creator and how it makes them feel to create it.

    Comment by qweenb620 | June 29, 2014 | Reply

  16. As an elementary teacher, i am always getting pictures that my students draw to hang up on my bulletin board, they are always so proud of their artwork hanging up.

    Comment by karen | June 29, 2014 | Reply

    • So happy that so many of you are enjoying the idea of this book… It’s all about perception and perspective…even the main character is boy or girl depending on the reader’s perception, and the illustrations are from the point of view of the child…

      Comment by Sherrill S. Cannon | June 30, 2014 | Reply

  17. This would be a great book to read to all ages of students. Often in art class, students will not think their art is any good, and this would spark a discussion about how beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it is important to just paint or draw what is in your heart. Sounds like a great book.

    Comment by Gloria Wilson | July 6, 2014 | Reply

  18. This book sounds like it teaches several great life lessons. I bet I could do some fun extension lessons with this as our introduction.

    Comment by Laurie Lynch | July 6, 2014 | Reply

    • What nice ideas, and I love that the book is creating more ideas! That’s what books are supposed to do!!! Thanks for all the comments.

      Comment by Sherrill S. Cannon | July 7, 2014 | Reply

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