“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow. Harcourt, Inc., c. 2005, 32 pp.
Reading Level: Not Available
Synopsis: Karen Beaumont writes a silly story to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” about a boy who decides that if he can’t paint the walls, ceiling or floors in his house, then why not paint himself! He paints each part of his body in different colors starting with his head down to his feet until he runs out of paint and can no longer paint.
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: The images are unique in that all of the drawings are in black and white until the boy starts painting. Great example of “self-expression!”
Content Area Connections: Art, Science (Anatomy of the body)
Possible Areas of Concern: Students may think that it is ok to paint on the wall, floor or ceiling or even themselves. This would need to be addressed before reading the book.