I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! (my gift to you)

Let’s go way, way, way, way, WAY back to 2005.

Eleven years ago, one of my all time favorite picture books debuted.


I Ain’t Gonna Pain No More!, written by Karen Beaumont and illustrated by David Catrow, is picture book gold.

Oh, people, there are many reasons why I love this book. These are just ten of them:

  1. It involves a real deal story
  2. It’s a joy to read aloud
  3. The rhyming text invites little listeners to make predictions and actively join in on the storytelling
  4. The art is wild and splashy
  5. It seamlessly includes the exploration of two preschool concepts (colors, body parts)
  6. The main character is active, relatable, and flawed
  7. It’s really funny
  8. It inspires creativity
  9. The main character’s dog adds an extra layer of charm
  10. It’s a little bit naughty 🙂

If you haven’t yet experienced the joy of this book, I urge you to put it on your holiday wish list.




Holly Abston is the lucky duck winner of a signed copy of You’re My Boo, written by Kate Dopirak and illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow.

*throws confetti*



We will be taking a two-week break, so this is our last post of the year. We wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer is a former teacher and library media specialist. She currently has 28 published books and more are on the way. In addition to winning awards, her books have gone on to do great things. Mostly Monsterly was selected for the 2012 Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories program. Me Want Pet! was recently released in French which makes her feel extra fancy. And Your Alien the Musical is currently on tour across the nation. Tammi's latest books include Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants, A Little Chicken, and Nugget & Fang Go to School. To learn more about Tammi, visit her site at tammisauer.com.


  1. One of my all-time favorites, as well. How much do I love it? I gifted it to my great-niece. Twice. Within six weeks. *sigh*

  2. Yup, mine too. Love Karen Beaumont’s books generally, but this one is especially wonderful.

  3. I want to be Jill’s list for receiving gifts!

  4. Love that book – truly one you can sing the text . And I love the messy, brilliant art!

  5. Such a great read. The art, the rhythm, the spirit – it all comes together.

  6. What’s not to love about this delightful book? Your #10 reason, “It’s a little bit naughty” is perfect.

  7. So, I confess, I have not read this one. Better go get it. TY, Tammi. All those reasons will make it a great mentor text, too.

  8. This book is fun to read to preschoolers!

  9. I haven’t read it either, but I soon will! Thanks, Tammi!

  10. Yes – a great sing-a-loud and so full of energy!

  11. Oh yes! This is in the “Favorites” section of the bookshelves!

  12. One of my favorites–the rhyme, the interactive page turns, the bright art! Can’t get the tune out of my head!

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    Una Belle Townsend

    Tammi, it’s one of my favorites, too. I always enjoyed reading this one in the library. I enjoyed the giggles and wide-eyed expressions of my younger students.

  14. I “watched” the book on You Tube. Great story and page turns! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Way fun!! (I watched the youtube video, too and can’t wait to see the book!

  16. I agree, this is one of my favorite books and was a favorite of my kids too!

  17. As a former school librarian, I loved to read this to students. I found out it’s based on the song “It ain’t gonna rain no more.” The rhythm and rhyme are perfect. Thanks for reminding me.

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