Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Justin Drazin
Illustrator: Vladimir Ilievski
Publisher: Gorham Printing
“All the days she never stopped to notice what was there from the start, the beautiful colors of nature; the most real works of art,” Justin Drazin writes in his children’s book, It’s Raining Paint.
This over-sized forty page hardbound targets preschool to early elementary school-aged children and those that like whimsical stories about the rain. With no profanity or violence, it is meant to be a calming bedtime story. Punctuation liberties are taken by the author that may confuse beginner readers.
Illustrator Ilievski’s bright and colorful full-page paintings of scenes grace the pages with an easy-to-read black wording font. The paintings’ medium is similar to pointillism in art and capture the readers’ eyes immediately with great splashes of color close up, yet a complete scene when viewed further away. Each piece of artwork could be a framed picture in a child’s room as they are so engaging.
In this short story that is told in rhyme, a young girl named Laney is walking down the street on a typical day in her life. Never noticing the beauty around her, she is surprised when it starts raining. Amazingly, the rain drops are colored drops of paint that are falling everywhere, including on her clothes and face. The scenery, adorned with gorgeous reds, blues, greens, yellows, purples, and pinks, changes drastically, astonishing her.
The little girl decides to get her mother to show her the spectacular event that made a paint tsunami. By the time the parent arrives, the colors are gone, and everything is black and white, dull and boring, making the child sad.
Going to bed that night, Lacey wishes for the colorful rain to return, but it does not. Sad and discouraged the next morning, she eats her breakfast and walks to school, looking down all the way, wishing there was color again. When she finally looks up, she notices the natural beauty surrounding her and realizes the real works of art.
Promoting positive thinking through viewing the world in color and not black and white, the book will be enjoyed by children and adults alike, especially the illustrator’s spectacular impressionistic paintings of nature.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the publicist for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.