The Rainbow Hunters by Andrea Farotto, illustrated by Martina Tonello

The Rainbow Hunters by Andrea Farotto, illustrated by Martina Tonello. Milky Way Picture Books, 2022. 9781990252068

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Adventure/picture book

What did you like about the book? Bill decides to go rainbow hunting, hoping to find a pot of gold. On his way, Jyn, Will, and Liz join him. Each kid contributes something to the hunt – a butterfly net, binoculars, a wagon, etc. And each has a plan for how they’ll spend the money from the pot of gold. They go east, and no rainbow. They go east, west, and south, and … nothing. Finally, they go north, and they see one. They walk over a hill, behind a barn, and past a water tank, but the rainbow seems to vanish. When it’s clear that there is no end of the rainbow and no pot of gold, the kids just decide that they had a nice walk and a “terrific adventure!” The next day, Bill sets out again, on a hunt for Bigfoot.

I loved this fun, entertaining story about camaraderie, adventure, and rolling with the flow. The kids, a racially diverse group, count their blessings after an unsuccessful hunt, and move on. Wow, such a great example of flexibility! The language is direct and employs the second person tense to personalize the story: “.., as you may have guessed by now, it [the rainbow] wasn’t there either.” I thinks kids will love this group of optimistic and adventuresome kids, who accept reality, and try again. The digital art perfectly captures the feel of the book. There’s a spread showing the kids setting off together, crossing the street at the crosswalk, and it’s a dead ringer for the Beatles album cover of Abbey Road. Parents may have to point that out, but what fun!

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  For adventure loving kids, ages 4-8. This would be a fun read aloud for a classroom.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: May 24, 2022

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