Book: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! Author: Karen Beaumont Illustrator: David Catrow Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Date: April 1, 2005 Genre: Picture book; age 4-7; Gr Preschool - 3 Pages: 32 Price: $17.99, hardcover My rating: An excellent book in every way!
This is one of the select few picture books I would not want to have missed – ever.
First of all, look at the cover illustration! That child is creating a blissful experience, totally immersed in his art. 🙂
On the inside of the jacket it says “To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” … so I sang it merrily – albeit rather badly – to my dad. And he enjoyed it. Dear man. :)
This story is hilarious! Karen Beaumont‘s words fit perfectly with the rhythm of the song, and David Catrow‘s illustrations? Oh. My. Gosh. Stunning. Full of expression and colour and fun and hilarity.
The little boy loves painting. The problem is, everything is his canvas. Everything. By the time he has painted the floor and the walls his mother enters the room. “WHAT?” Immediately the paints are put up onto a high closet shelf. Undeterred, he climbs a pile of teetering props – with his little dog nervously watching – and rescues his beloved paints.
This is where the story really kicks in. To the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More”, our little artist begins painting himself, his dog, and everything he missed before. The way Karen Beaumont has each page spread and page turn planned out is so funny with the illustrations. It gives the reader the opportunity to guess what’s coming next and the clue is in the rhyme. Yes, this is a beautiful rhyming book! Right to the very last page there is humour and rhythm. It’s delightful.
Karen Beaumont has other picture books out, and a new one coming this year. You can find I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! – written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow – on my BUY THE BOOK page. I also post my reviews on Goodreads, and when available on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and Chapters.Indigo.
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