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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Book of the Day: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow

#5 in the HMH Book of the Day series:

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
9780152024888, $16

Despite not knowing the tune to the song “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” the new lyrics stand on their own as very funny, lively, interactive text, whether you’re literally painting or just reading and singing along. A little boy paints all over his house – the walls, the curtains, the ceiling, the floor – so his mother forbids him to paint anymore. The boy gets around this by painting himself while singing this song, with such lyrics as, “Guess there ain’t no harm if I paint my…[kids guess as you flip the page] ARM! Now I ain’t gonna paint no more.” Kids can mime painting themselves while dancing around and signing this song.

If you’re reading this at an activity-based storytime, you can have the kids draw an outline of themselves, and then paint in the body like the illustrations in the book. The illustrations are black-and-white outlines with shading; as the little boy paints himself, each body part becomes a riotous mix of colors, shapes, styles, and images. This illustration style really appeals to me, and if it does to you, too, check out Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, one of my favorites.

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