Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Written to the tune of 'It Ain't Gonna Rain No More,' this lighthearted frolic by the creators of I Like Myself! centers on an aspiring young artist who makes elaborate paintings on the ceilings and walls, until mama shouts, 'Ya ain't a-gonna paint no more!' and stashes the boy's art supplies on the top shelf of a closet. Determinedly declaring 'but there ain't no way that I ain't gonna paint no more,' the youngster climbs onto a makeshift pyramid to reach his paints the only splash of color in an otherwise black-and-white spread. The rollicking rhymed narrative and stylized ink-and-paint illustrations then reveal the narrator painting his body parts in a variety of wild patterns, while with comic irony he chants the refrain that comprises the book's title. In a child-tickling finale, the boy bellows, 'But I'm such a nut,/ gonna paint my /what?!' drolly avoiding mentioning the body part that completes the rhyme. 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Here's one that kids will beg for again and again and again." Kirkus Reviews
American Library Association Notable Book and#160; "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 and#160; "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
With zippy text and zany illustrations, this book turns an infamous childhood activity into raucous story-time fun with the tale of a spirited child who, after being told not to paint the walls, paints himself instead.
This spirited child, after being told not to paint the walls, paints himself instead.
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About the Author
KAREN BEAUMONT's picture books include Being Friends, illustrated by Joy Allen, and Louella Mae, She's Run Away!, illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger. She lives in San Martin, California. DAVID CATROW is a political cartoonist and the illustrator of many popular books for children, including the Book Sense 76 Top Ten selection Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.