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I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) Hardcover – April 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152024883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152024888
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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"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.

More 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.

Customer Reviews

My 3 and 5 year old (and I) LOVE this book.
Quilter7
The book is written in wonderful rhyming text , has colorful pictures, and it's FUNNY!
Melissa Sack
This book is one of the funniest childrens books I have read in a long time.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 15, 2006
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.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
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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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2006
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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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By HenderHouse on January 30, 2006
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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Worley on March 8, 2006
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leslie A. Skelton on June 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If I heard it once I've heard it 100 times...."Please read the Paint Book"!! It's everyone's favorite. I love how the audience takes a part in storytime. Take a chance on this book. You will be pleased! The story and illustrations are brilliant!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 20, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is dangerous in the best possible way, and my 23 mo daughter latched on immediately. By 'dangerous', I mean celebrating rebellion, and if you have a problem with that, knock off a star. There are so many dimensions to the book, I easily understand why it it so compelling. The use of color, and lack thereof, is well done. The colors, shapes, and images invite discussion. The storyline, top to bottom (both figuratively and literally), is logical, with a delayed-gratification (page turn required) rhyming scheme. Highly recommended.

A final note: I can't help but wonder if the artist has been inspired by Ralph Steadman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on October 19, 2009
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I bought this book for our 3 grandchildren after seeing it at our niece's home. It is fun to read in a sing-song rhyme; It is great for children to learn colors and body parts. My grandson (age 2) wanted me to repeat reading/singing it with him over and over. "Again!," he kept saying. I used to teach preschool and this book is fun to share with children!
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