Book review: Meet the Team, by Summer Greene

Greene, Summer. Meet the Team. (Rainbow Rangers series.) Imprint, 2019. $4.99. ISBN 9781250190314. 30 pages. Ages 3-6. P7 Q6

Do you know all the Rainbow Rangers and their super powers? The Rainbow Rangers are nature’s superheroes who live on a magical land on the other side of the rainbow. Through the Mirror of Marvels, they are able to see what is happening on earth. When there is trouble, the Rangers come to the rescue. This thin paper book introduces all the characters, their superpower, and what makes them unique. Since they live on the other side of a rainbow, it adds imagination to rainbows. The colorful rainbow illustrations will keep the emergent or beginning reader engaged. This is a good companion book to go along with the other Rainbow Rangers books since it introduces each character in-depth. The title, Meet the Team, describes the book perfectly.

Verdict: If your reader is a fan of the Rainbow Rangers animated series on Nick Jr. they will enjoy this book, introducing the characters. The thin pages and paperback cover may not hold up to a classroom or library, but would be good for a reader’s personal library.

November 2019 review by Tami Harris.

Book review: To the Rescue, by Summer Greene, illustrated by Joshua Heinsz

Greene, Summer. To the Rescue. Illustrated by Joshua Heinsz. (Rainbow Rangers series.) Imprint, 2019. $4.99. ISBN 9781250190253. Unpaged. Ages 3-6. P7 Q6

A baby polar bear has floated out to sea away from its mother and the Rainbow Rangers set out to save it. Will the Rainbow Rangers be able to save the polar bear before the ice melts? For those not familiar with the animated Nick Jr. Show, there is a short introduction featuring each rainbow ranger, its name, color and power. One page shows the rangers transforming into their ranger outfits. Each page has a background of blue, pink or yellow. Colorful illustrations are in boxes or circles with the text above, beside or under them. This thin, paperback version includes a punch-out wearable Kaleidocom which is made out of firmer paper.

Verdict:  The quality of the book may not hold up in a classroom or library. Children will love the Kaleidocom to wear around their wrist, but if the book is in a classroom or library, I imagine the first child checking it out will make the Kaleidocom and others will be disappointed they don’t have one as well. That being said, I recommend it for children to have in their own personal libraries. This colorful adventure is a quick and to the point and will hold the interest of small children.

November 2019 review by Tami Harris.

Book review: The Quest for the Confetti Crystal, by Summer Greene, illustrated by Joshua Heinsz and Maxime Lebrun

Greene, Summer. The Quest for the Confetti Crystal. Illustrated by Joshua Heinsz and Maxime Lebrun. (Rainbow Rangers series.) Imprint, 2019. $17.99. ISBN 9781250190338. Unpaged. Ages 3-6 . P7 Q7 

What is more fun than rainbows, parties, balloons, crystals and friends working together? Floof, a prismacorn, usually goes on missions with the other Rainbow Rangers, but this time he has his very own mission. He has to guard the Confetti Crystal while the rangers go on their 100th mission. When Floof realizes the Kaleidocove does not look festive, he makes bubbles and strings bright streamers. Unfortunately, the crystal rolls away, sending it on an adventure full of Fluttercups, Rainbow tunnels, Rainbow halls and a Bunnysus. Will Floof lose the crystal and fail his mission? This picture book was inspired by the animated series on Nick Jr. The Rainbow Rangers names are alliterations and some of the words are filled in with rainbow colors. The background colors are soft, which allows the bright Rainbow Rangers vibrant colors to stand out.

Verdict: Readers who have watched the animated series as well as readers who enjoy rainbows and unicorns will enjoy this adventure. With the theme of teamwork, creativity and inclusivity, this book is on the reader will look at over and over. I recommend it.

November 2019 review by Tami Harris.


Book review: Unicorn Club, by Suzy Senior, illustrated by Leire Martin

Senior, Suzy. Unicorn Club. Illustrated by Leire Martin. Tiger Tales, 2019. $17.99. ISBN 9781680101768. Unpaged. Ages 4-7. P8 Q7

Amy is so excited to have a unicorn fan club, but when none of her friends show up, she is sad and disappointed. When she finds real unicorns in her treehouse, she throws herself full blown into the party. However, unicorns are not as polite and tidy as she thought they would be. When they make a mess, will the party be ruined or will they come to the rescue? Bright pink text, music notes, and paint jars swirling in the air, make for a magical book. Amy has brown skin, which is refreshing. Her expressions show her excitement, disappointment, surprise and other emotions. The pages are thick and sturdy.

Verdict: With bright rainbow colors, unicorns and sparkles, this book will be a favorite of any unicorn loving reader. Children will relate to the wide range of emotions Amy experiences. This is a book that children will read over and over. I highly recommend it for children who love unicorns.

November 2019 review by Tami Harris.

Book review: Thelma the Unicorn, by Aaron Blabey

Blabey, Aaron. Thelma the Unicorn. Scholastic Press, 2017. $14.95. ISBN 9781338158427. Unpaged. Ages 3-8. P8 Q8

If you like pink, glitter and unicorns, you will love Thelma the Unicorn. Thelma is a pony who wishes to become a unicorn. She ties a carrot to her nose and has a run in with pink paint and glitter. This results in her becoming a unicorn! However, things do not turn out how she had imagined. The cover of the book is raised sliver glitter. Children will be captivated by Thelma and also learn that what we wish may not be all we think it will be.

Verdict: Through Thelma’s experience, children will see how they are special the way they are–they do not need to be something else. We do not need to be something else to be special, we are special just the way we are.  Highly recommended for young children’s libraries.

December 2017 review by Tami Harris

Book review: Uni the Unicorn

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. “Uni the Unicorn.” Illustrated by Brigette Barrager. Random House. 2014. $17.99. ISBN 9780385375559. Unp. Ages pre-school. P8/q9

This is a great book about believing and make believe. It is about a little unicorn that doesn’t believe that there are little girls in the world and the second part there is a little girl who is made fun of because she believes in unicorns. I think this is a really fun take on the topic of make believe. The story has very simple beautiful pictures.  October 2014 review by Melinda Dye.