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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Rainbow Monsters by Sylva Fae is a children’s picture book that is subtly designed to teach youngsters the order of the colours of rainbows, and the sunshine and rain needed to create them. Each of the seven monsters first appear “on a mixed up rainy, sunny day,” holding hands on top of the curve of a rainbow. The text is all in rhyme, and it describes diverse characters. Red likes to stay in bed, Yellow, a mellow fellow who plays the cello, Green, the self-styled beauty queen, and Violet, “a puddle jumping muddy pet.” Fun and Games with the Rainbow Monsters follows the story. Can your child work out anagrams, identify different colours, count how many items each monster has collected in his or her own colour, complete a Wordsearch puzzle, and help Orange find Blue in a maze?
Monsters have an enormous attraction for children, or they have when safely confined to a book, and Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Indigo and Violet are such happy, mischievous monsters. They are not just different colours; they vary in shape and some have patterns, and they have diverse characters. I particularly loved Orange, who is round with no feet and bounces like a ball. “Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain” isn’t the easiest mnemonic to learn; it needs a complicated historical explanation to make sense. Children given Rainbow Monsters by Sylva Fae will learn the colours of the rainbow the Easy Way. Rhymes aren’t just fun to read to children; it seems they are catching! I recommend that parents and carers catch this book.