“Pinky and Peanut”
teachers Cherie McIntosh and Deena Cook have used their vivid
imagination to transform themselves into author-publishers of
a brand new line of award-winning children’s books based on the
characters they created called Pinky and Peanut. These characters
actually derived from nicknames they called their own children.
“We both wrote an equal amount and the ideas kept flowing,” relates
“We see kids growing up too fast.” noted Cherie, “we wanted to provide
interesting, confirming, reinforcing stories and characters that kids
could easily relate to.”
The story behind these delightful books gets even more interesting as
one of Deena’s former students did the wonderful illustrations. Trina
Scruggs Sullivan was just about ready to give up on her
artistic passion when good fortune reunited the threesome to put
together the project.
The first book, “Pinky and Peanut: The Adventure Begins,” and the
second one, “Pinky and Peanut: Trouble Times Two” have already been
published, with a third volume, “Pinky and Peanut: No Boys Allowed” in
the works for this fall.
Cherie McIntosh is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in
Early Childhood Education. She has a Master’s Degree from City
University. Along with her passion for writing, Cherie taught
kindergarten and second grade for 13 years. She resides in Renton,
Washington with her husband and two children.
Deena Cook is a graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in
Elementary Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Educational
Technology from City University. She began to develop her publishing
ideas and content for these books as a second grade teacher at St.
Louise Elementary School.
When the first books debuted, they quickly sold over 2000 units and
steady sales have followed each month. Retail prices are only $4.95 for
each title and they offer great value for the money, plus the book size
makes it easy for children to carry with them on trips or to events.
The first title, “Pinky and Peanut: The Adventure Begins” won a
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the category of Children’s Interest
in 2009. It has also been featured on local television in Seattle,
Washington, and you can even view clips of the authors on YouTube and
their colorful website, www.pinkyandpeanut.com.
Here’s what people are saying about “Pinky and Peanut”....
“As a current second grade teacher, I have seen first-hand my students'
love for this series. The size of this "skinny chapter book" is just
right for second grade readers. The story line is easy for
them to follow and to relate to. I am looking forward to book number
3!” says Danielle Perkins.
“This is a realistic, engaging story written with humor and insight,”
says St. Louise School librarian, Mary Carson. “The books touch on
friendship, sibling rivalry, pets and school experiences. Copies of
these books are always being checked out.”
“This was the perfect read-aloud book for my four year old daughter and
has been a huge hit as a gift for friends a bit older. The characters
have real conversations and emotions for 2nd graders. I highly
recommend this series!” says A. Miller.
For more info on ordering, visit Cherie and Deena’s website at http://www.pinkyandpeanut.com
Dealer inquiries are invited.