David's ADHD

Children - Concept
28 Pages
Reviewed on 12/31/2019
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Author Biography

Sherrill S. Cannon, age 79, is a former teacher, grandmother of ten, and the author of ten published rhymed children's stories and two books of poetry which have received seventy-nine (matching her age!) 2011-19 National and International awards. She is also a playwright with seven published plays for elementary school children, which have been performed internationally in over 20 countries. Her various careers include teacher and coach, a professional newspaper sports writer and photographer, a dinner theatre stage manager, and a business administrator. Married for 59 years, she and her spouse are now retired and travel in their RV from coast to coast. David’s ADHD was written in response to a friend’s child who listened to me read one of my stories and said that he wished there were a story for kids like him! Now there is!!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

David's ADHD is a picture book for children written by Sherrill S. Cannon and illustrated by Kalpart. David’s classmates don’t get upset when he acts out in the schoolyard or is hyper in class. They know sometimes he seems frustrated and unable to focus on the teacher and what they are learning. His behavior might have confused them in the past, but they know that David has ADHD. They understand that the camera we all have in our heads works differently in David’s; his focusing lens operates differently. David’s parents had wondered what was happening with their son. They could feel his despair and confusion -- and even his rage. Finally, they learned after testing that David had ADHD. And that he wasn’t the only kid who had it. Best of all, they learned that the doctors could show them how to help David wake up his focus.

Sherrill S. Cannon’s David's ADHD introduces the subject of ADHD to children and their caregivers in a fun and easy-to-read format. The author demystifies what is a confusing and upsetting mode of behavior and shows how caregivers can work with kids like David and help them explore their strengths more fully. I especially liked how the book also includes those kids who have had interactions with kids like David. It clearly explains why they behave as they do and what challenges they face. With that knowledge, kids can learn to empathize with someone they may have avoided in the past. Kalpart’s bright and colorful illustrations chart David’s progress as he consults with his doctor, works on his schedule with his mom and dad, and excels on his computer. I was pleased to learn that medication is not the only treatment for ADHD. David’s ADHD shows that quite clearly in a story that’s accessible to kids and caregivers alike. David's ADHD is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

David’s ADHD is a work of fiction based on real-world social and medical issues and was penned by author Sherrill S. Cannon with illustrations by Kalpart. In this latest work by the author, who has already published 11 rhyming books on similar themes, we are introduced to classroom member David who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Throughout the book, we learn about the difficulties that David has with staying focused and regulating his behavior so that he can participate in the classroom and make friends. Strategies are shown for success and we see David triumph and become popular and productive through their implementation.

Whilst this is clearly a highly useful picture book for kids with ADHD to come to terms with their own needs and see how potential solutions could work for them, I feel it is also a highly useful book that every child, and indeed many, many adults, should also take a look at to open their eyes to the differences and needs of those around them. David’s situation is far from unique in today’s educational world, and author Sherrill S. Cannon does a great job of displaying all the wonderful options and possibilities that are on offer to help kids like David to concentrate and achieve in the classroom, just in a slightly different way to other people. The illustrations by Kalpart are also really dynamic and friendly, endearing us to the characters and making David’s behavior and feelings even clearer. A highly recommended book for all.

Jamie Michele

David's ADHD by Sherrill S. Cannon is a children's book that follows the main character, David, as he and his parents try to figure out and come to terms with David's inability to focus and remain calm in situations that warrant either or both. School is difficult for David as he has trouble paying attention in class and he often gets into squabbles with the other children at school, who no longer want to be friends with him. His parents love him very much and are proactive in finding out where David's complications stem from. When he is diagnosed with ADHD, his parents, therapist, and teachers work together on a structured plan for David so that he is able to redirect his energy productively and allot day-to-day activities and work into manageable slots of time.

Told in a rhyming narrative, David's ADHD is as good for parents as it is for children. Sherrill S. Cannon brings a difficult and often misunderstood disorder to light in a sympathetic and constructive way, showing not only how ADHD impacts David, but also those who surround him on a daily basis. As a parent, I found this to book to be of comfort, particularly as ADHD is part of daily life in my family. I recognized many of the things David experienced, particularly difficulty making and retaining friends due to uncontrolled outbursts, and the grab bag (in our home it's a reward's chart) to incentivize positive steps forward. The illustrations are good and the message is excellent. Recommended.