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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Do you believe in fate? Could a finger painting you created at school end up winning a prize and hanging in an art gallery? Why not? Art is what the artist says is art and in Sherrill S. Cannon’s My Fingerpaint Masterpiece Coloring Book, the story explores the possibility of a child’s work of art ending up hanging up with the best of the best in the art world. Unfortunately, the child didn’t sign her work and no one believes her story that the wind blew it away after school and it ended up in the Rainbow Connection gallery. She knows and so do you. The book itself is an artistic work in progress because the only illustration colored in is the painting featured in the story. The rest is left for the reader to color in as they see fit, using only their imagination and the power of bold colors to enhance the story.
Sherrill S. Cannon’s picture book, My Fingerpaint Masterpiece Coloring Book, is both a story and coloring book in one. It’s all about a work of art as well as being a potential work of art in itself. Told in clever rhyming verse, this lyrical triumph will inspire young readers to dig deeper into their powers of creativity and believe in themselves and in what they create. The language and the illustrations are simple to appeal to young readers and the plot unfolds with a touch of humor and awe. With the beauty of so many other art-themed children’s books, like Tomie dePaola’s The Art Lesson and Nikki Slade Robinson’s Anywhere Artist, this gem will certainly inspire young readers to delve into their artistic nature.