The Rainbow Goblins

  The Rainbow Goblins by Ul De Rico: Book Cover  What is it about rainbows that fascinates children (and adults)? I guess it must be how beautiful they are and how rare. I personally am a real sucker for rainbows. After a rain, when the sun comes out, I always look for one. Rainbows are a real delight for young and old alike. And if it’s a double rainbow, it’s twice as awesome. There are a lot of children’s books about rainbows or at least have rainbows pictured in them. Today, I want to tell you about a book by Ul De Rico called The Rainbow Goblins. The original U.S. edition of this book was published in 1978, but it has since been reprinted in 1994 and 2004 by Thames & Hudson. The gorgeous illustrations are true oil paintings done on oak panels. The story is about seven malevolent little goblins who feed on color and steal rainbows out of the sky. It’s written in kind of a folktale style, explaining at the end the reason why rainbows never touch the ground. I really like the story, but think that it might not be suited for the youngest of children because of the darkness of some of the paintings and how the goblins meet their demise. Older kids will definitely enjoy the story and appreciate the moral.

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