“Manner-Man” by Sherrill S. Cannon is about a little boy that finds he can call upon a superhero called Manner- Man to help him in times of need. Manner-Man helps him avoid getting into fights by using nice words and to share. Autumn was able to read along with me and the rhyming words were good for sounding out practice. Alyvia liked the pictures and was able to finish what the page was about just by looking at them. They both understood the message the author was giving about avoiding getting into fights, by trying to talk out the problem whenever confronted with a bully. We then talked about when they or a friend would be in this kind of situation and what action they should or should not take.
“Manner-Man” included characters from the author’s previous books: “Gimmie- Jimmy” and “The Magic Word.” The story line was made up of several problems kids might face and a peaceful solution to the problem. By the middle of the story Autumn and Alyvia were losing attention, and I feel there were just too many characters each with a different problem for them to remember. This made it easier for them to become distracted. Sherrill S. Cannon has the right idea to help children deal with tough situations. I felt the story line had too many conflicts that seemed to overwhelm my children, making it difficult for my young readers to remember.
“Manner-Man” by Sherrill S. Cannon is a great book when you are trying to help a child with a bulling problem. The pictures were nicely done, and can help the young reader visualize what is happening in the story, and how the character feels just by looking at the picture.
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing (2013)
Reviewed by Cathleen Summers for Rebecca’s Reads (2/14)