Peter and the Whimper-Whineys
Sherrill S. Cannon
Strategic Book Publishing (2010)
Reviewed by Lydia Dehning (age 6) for Reader Views Kids (7/2020)
“Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” by Sherrill S. Cannon is the story of a boy bunny who only whined and complained all day, every day. Peter’s mom tries to talk to him to make him be nicer, but when he keeps complaining and whining, he got sent to his room. His mom had told him that if he didn’t stop his whining, then the “Whimper-Whineys” would come for him and take him away with them. Peter was lying in bed thinking about what his mom had said, and then he found himself outside on a path. It’s not a good idea to be outside by yourself, especially when it’s dark, but Peter found himself outside of his room and was looking at a strange-looking man. The man was a Whimper-Whiney and was there to take Peter! Peter found out what it’s like with the Whimper-Whineys and how it’s not much fun. I hope that this experience has changed Peter and will make him nicer all of the time.
My mom says that I whine sometimes, but I’m glad that there aren’t really Whimper Whineys around. If you believe that they are real, then this book might be a little scary, but I thought it wasn’t and was fun to read. There are still too many words on the pages for me to read by myself, but with my mom reading it to me, it goes by fast. I like the pictures in the book because they show what’s going on in the story; there are dark pictures when Peter is out at night, and brighter ones when he’s doing things during the day. I think kids of any age will like this book because kids of all ages whine and complain.
Note from Mom: This is an amazing book to read to your kids – on many levels. Through appropriate illustrations and easy-to-read rhyming text, this can be used for manners. Peter observes what it looks like to be rude, loud, and obnoxious, which helps him to be able to change his own ways. This can be a great reminder for kids when they start acting unappreciative or selfish – they will remember the Whimper-Whineys, and what “could” happen to them if they don’t shape up. This story can be used by parents, teachers, and counselors – anyone with interaction with kids and those trying to remedy bad behaviors. I would recommend this book to everyone!