Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review - Rainbow Colors

Rainbow Colors
by words & pictures
illustrated by Juliana Perdomo
Date: 2020
Publisher: words & pictures
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 16
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet! Which color is your favorite?

Introduce your child to the colors of the rainbow with this bright, layered board book. Humorous, rhyming text, and bold illustrations introduce each of the seven rainbow colors in turn. Curved and layered "touch-and-feel" board pages increase in size as you move through the book, developing your child's hand-eye coordination as they turn the pages. The final spread shows a "rainbow" of children from all around the world, reinforcing a positive message of diversity and inclusivity. Open the rainbow pages, read the rhyming text together, and spot the objects in each and every color.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This is a cute, rhyming picture book about the ROYGBIV colours. I read a digital ARC, so I'm sure I didn't get the full effect; the board book has layered, curved pages that get bigger as the book goes on, so the reader would be unpacking a rainbow while turning the pages.

The rhyming text is surprisingly solid. Each spread is filled with objects of a particular colour, some of which are tied to the text, so there's plenty to look at and search out.

If I have one complaint, it's on the last page. There are a bunch of kids depicted, each dressed in a different colour (except indigo, for some reason). The accompanying text lists the colours. I would've preferred it if the kids had been lined up in the order of the rainbow, since it would've reinforced the names of the colours.

This is likely to be a well-received board book. It's fun to look at, the rhymes don't grate on the nerves, and a sweet spirit of inclusivity makes for a nice ending. I'd definitely recommend taking a look at this one if you're searching for books (especially board books) about colours.

Thank you to NetGalley and words & pictures for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.57 out of 5

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