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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Rainbow Frog & The Mad Scientist: The Adventures of Caroline and Euni, Book 1 is an adventure story for children and preteens written by Joshua S. Joseph and illustrated by Chia Americo. If there was anything nine-year-old Caroline loved almost as much as her family, it was animals. Caroline loved animals, especially the strange ones, the ones with weird antennae, or too many legs, and she absolutely loved unicorns, even as she would acknowledge to anyone that they just didn’t exist. Caroline would have loved a pet, but her dad was dead set against the concept, claiming that they caused messes and were too much bother. But, one day, Caroline discovered a creature that she just had to bring home with her -- it was a pale green frog with a sparkly rainbow on its back. When she decided to approach it, the frog just sat there and waited for her. It seemed to know what she had in mind and had no objection. A few minutes later, Caroline and her rainbow frog were on their way back home.
Joshua S. Joseph’s The Rainbow Frog & The Mad Scientist is an enchanting and wise tale that will be enjoyed by anyone who still remembers what it’s like to sense magic in the world. Chia Americo’s wryly humorous drawings of a Euni who’s growing much too quickly are a joy to behold, and the story of the friendship between the rainbow frog and the little girl is fleshed out beautifully through her art. And while I was enraptured and captivated by the story, I was also delighted to discover that Caroline and Euni’s methods for learning each other’s languages were based on basic principles of second language acquisition. I got excited thinking that kids might consider using these techniques when reaching out to people who speak other languages or when learning a new language themselves. This marvelous fable also deals with friendship and loyalty as the companions have to face an awful and unprincipled foe. I had a grand time reading and am looking forward to Caroline and Euni’s future adventures. The Rainbow Frog & The Mad Scientist is most highly recommended.