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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! [Hardcover]

Karen Beaumont
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March 24 2005 Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)
A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama!

Karen Beaumont's zippy text and David Catrow's zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression.

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–When Mama catches her son "paintin' pictures on the floor/and the ceiling/and the walls/and the curtains/and the door," she sticks him in the tub and declares, "Ya ain't a-gonna paint no more!" Fresh from his bath, the child rescues his hidden supplies and says, "So I take some red/and I paint my…/HEAD!" Subsequent rhymes move from neck down to feet as he adds gobs of color to different areas. Since the last word of each verse comes on the following page, readers get the satisfaction of completing the anticipated rhyme and seeing each newly painted body part with each page turn. Catrow splashes color all over, uses white space cleverly, and includes playful flourishes, such as a marching row of ants on the boy's arm and Easter egg designs on his leg. Elongated figures and exaggerated expressions match the silly tone of the story, and the concerned dog who observes the antics is particularly amusing. With rhymes that invite audience participation and scenes that draw the eye, this is a strong storytime choice. Based on the song "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," the rhythmic text can be read or sung with equal effectiveness. In a mischievous conclusion, when readers think that the boy has painted everything, he finishes with, "But I'm such a nut,/gonna paint my–/WHAT?!" Fortunately, he's out of supplies and winds up back in the bathtub.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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American Library Association Notable Book   "Catrow splashes color all over, uses white space cleverly, and includes playful flourishes, such as a marching row of ants on the boy's arm and Easter egg designs on his leg. Elongated figures and exaggerated expressions match the silly tone of the story, and the concerned dog who observes the antics is particularly amusing. With rhymes that invite audience participation and scenes that draw the eye, this is a strong storytime choice." - School Library Journal   "Given the plot's premise, Catrow's humorously hyperbolic art fittingly takes center stage here, growing increasingly flamboyant and electric as the boy embellishes more and more of his anatomy-and his playful pooch becomes equally well decorated." - Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to the Board book edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painting has never been this much FUN! Aug. 16 2006
Format:Hardcover
I fell in love with this book from the first page. It's fun, it's mischevious, it's colourful and both myself and my kids (aged 2 and 6) absolutely LOVE it. A must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun Dec 26 2008
Format:Hardcover
As a mother, arts teacher and also a student completing my BFA in art education, this book came highly recommended to get children interested in color and mixing paint. It is also a great book to get children to participate in reading and having lots of fun doing so. My 3 year old son adores it and I find it very funny to read and look. I must in a house and school!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I ask you very confidentially, ain't it sweet? Jan. 15 2006
By E. R. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Some folks think too small. If you're going to create a book in which a kid systematically paints every thing around him (living, inanimate, you name it) then you need a certain amount of pizzaz. A bit of whoopsie. A smidgen of hootenanny (recipe: a little bit of hoot, a whole lot of nanny). So let's take "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More". Author Karen Beaumont has rewritten that familiar old folksy ballad "Oh It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" and has reconfigured it into a wild whoopsy-laden affair involving paint here, paint there, and paint just about everywhere. Add into the mix the child-friendly anarchy of David Catrow and you've got yerself a book so jumpety and pleased with itself that anyone who dares criticize the poor grammar in the title should truly hang their heads in shame. Consarn it!

The endpapers of this book are splattered in a couple coats of multi-colored goo. Fitting then that the first two-page spread shows our hero sitting behind a curtain with a tell-tale brush and pallet lying not too far away. His mother, colorless save a flush of blush at her cheeks and lips, views the room askance. Turn the page and her words are crystal clear. "YA AIN'T A-GONNA PAINT NO MORE!". The boy sits in a paint splattered tub, his arms crossed in thinly disguised fury. Across from him his dog sits patiently, regarding him. With that, mama has taken all the paints and storied them nice and neat on the topmost shelf of the hallway closet. Little does she know that her son has seen the hiding place, and a few well-placed hatboxes and bowling balls later, the set is back in his hands. The house is now all black and white, but you get the feeling that this is just the calm before the storm. The boy kneels reverently in front of his first can of paint. Say the words, "So I take some red and I paint my... HEAD!", and suddenly we've the exact same picture as that on the cover of the book except now the page is awash in reds, pinks, and some vibrant oranges. "Aw, what the heck! Gonna paint my... NECK!". Green with darker green triangles. The kid is nothing if not creative. The farther you go the more body parts are covered by the child until at last he says, "But I'm such a nut, gonna paint my-". Hold your fears, gentle parents. Mama has interrupted his excesses at last. So it's back into the tub he goes, arms crossed again, and a washcloth over his face.

As a children's librarian I'm slow to embrace new readaloud picture books. If "Bark, George" isn't around then "Duck On a Bike" will be and I don't need anything else (harumph harump). This book, however, is a storytime dream come true. Can't sing the book cause you're tone deaf? Try chanting it ala Rex Harrison. Better still, you can really get the kids involved in the book if they're old enough for it. Have them guess which body part is next on the agenda. By the time you almost get to the painted butt (which is seen but not colorized) the kids will be dying with laughter. It's a cheap joke, but sometimes the cheapies are the best.

And then there's the colors. My goodness me this looks like an explosion in a rainbow somewhere. Catrow has never been given as much leverage as he has here to go completely wild and crazy. I can't imagine another children's illustrator who could compare to him in terms of total excess and enjoyment. If anyone, maybe Stephen Gammell could have reached Catrow's heights. Maybe. Not necessarily. The book is awash in enough splotches and splatters to hypnotize even the dullest of children. Add in the catchy lyrics and what you have, my friend, is a book fit for the ages.

If you feel like pairing this with another catchy picture book extravaganza, try bringing this to a storytime alongside Jim Aylesworth's, "Old Black Fly". The books have a similar tone and painterly style to them, and both make ideal songs for either singing or chanting. Otherwise, "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More" stands alone in its excellence. A necessity for any library collection and a great gift for each and every little one on your shopping list.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight Sept. 21 2005
By J. A Magill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
With stimulating colorful pictures, humor, and even a touch of poetry, can anyone wonder why my 3 1/2 year old daughter loves this book? The painted art gives us a great deal to talk about at bedtime and the comic imagery provokes more than just a few laughs. While the tale seems straight forward enough -- a mischievous boy who paints himself (and his dog!) there is far more going on here. Like the best of children's literature, "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More" operates on several levels so that there is always more to look at every time my child takes it from the shelf. In short, a real winner.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could you get any funnier?! June 26 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of the funniest books ever! The tune makes it fun to read over and over. You gotta love David Catrow's illustrations. (huge fan of Catrow) My kids, 3 & 6 just giggle everytime we open it up. The ending is precious. This book is a must have for any kid's library. Fabulous gift!! I even make my friends read it. Too Fun and Funny!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that dog! Jan. 30 2006
By HenderHouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
With this title a reader might think that very little painting will occur in this picture book; on the contrary, AIN'T GONNA PAINT is a riot of color, mostly all over the body of our unnamed protagonist. A wonderful rhyming read-aloud (or sing-aloud to the tune of "Ain't Gonna Rain No More"), the real treasure here is David Catrow's wonderful illustrations. The scrunchy-faced little boy runs the gamut of emotions from bath-time disgust to paint-time glee. And the dog is the most expressive companion since Max in "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." This is a terrific read-aloud that kids in grades K-2 will love (especially the veiled reference to painting your...well, it rhymes with nut). 2006 ALA Notable Children's Book
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What fun!!!! March 8 2006
By J. L. Worley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a kindergarten art teacher, I found this book to be fun, engaging and just plain goofy! The kids loved it,the illustrations are wonderful and it cured me of my inhibitions to sing in front of my students....I ain't gonna paint no more, no more.....but, of course, I am! And so are my students!
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