Dolly Parton includes a new song, “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” with the newly released version of her children’s book, “Coat of Many Colors.”
An exclusive download of “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” is included with the purchase of Dolly’s picture book, “Coat of Many Colors” with all-new illustrations by Brooke Boynton Hughes from Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.
The handmade, patchwork coat which once kept a little school girl warm has woven its way into the hearts and lives of countless Dolly Parton fans. Now, it has inspired another original song with an equally strong anti-bullying message.
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An earlier version of Dolly’s book, “Coat of Many Colors” has been used by educators to teach children about bullying in schools. In this new song, Dolly appeals to anyone who may be tempted to hurt others with words or actions encouraging them to make the right choice.
Dolly Parton invites “Coat of Many Colors” illustrator, Brooke Boynton-Hughes to her Meet & Greet at the Red Rocks tour stop.
The only thing as bright as Dolly’s rhinestones at her Red Rocks Meet & Greet event was the smile on Brooke Boynton-Hughes face! The Colorado native contributed beautiful illustrations for the re-release of Dolly’s children’s book, “Coat of Many Colors.” Within the pages of the book, Brooke’s art brings the story of the song to life. The little yellow-haired girl in her handmade coat is a perfect likeness to a young Dolly. Her cheeks, rosy with excitement about wearing her one-of-a-kind coat!
Brooke felt a similar delight when invited to Dolly’s backstage event during the Pure & Simple stop at Red Rocks in Colorado. Brooke said,
“It was so wonderful to meet Dolly! And her concert was honestly one of the coolest experiences of my life. I cried when Dolly sang ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and ‘Little Sparrow’ (which is probably my favorite of her songs and the ones I listened to a lot while working on the book).”
Like Dolly and Carl, Brooke and her husband enjoy traveling the country in their RV (named Daisy) along with their dog, Olive. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from Colorado State University and an MFA in Figurative Art from the New York Academy of Art. She has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators since 2005.
“Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton and illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes is due out on Oct. 18 by Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.
Following the book’s release, NBC is set to air “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” This original movie is the sequel to the 2015 hit television movie “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”
Michael MartinMeet & Greet with “Coat of Many Colors” Illustrator