Rainbow Grey (available here) is the first book in a magical new series from Amelia Fang creator Laura Ellen Anderson. We are thrilled to welcome Laura to the blog today to chat about some of the childhood stories that fired up her imagination when she was growing up.
Read our review of the book below and then scroll on to read about Laura’s five favourite stories from childhood….
Book Title: Rainbow Grey (available here)
Author/illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
Publication Date: May 2021
Most Suitable for: Ages 7+
Review by: Kristen Hopwood
A magical new series from best-selling author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson, who is known for her popular Amelia Fang books.
Weatherlings all have a different type of weather magic – like rain, sun or snow. All except Ray Grey, who has no weather magic at all. She lives on Cloud Nine with her family and cloud-cat, Nim, and wants to be an Earth Explorer just like the famous La Blaze DeLight so she can discover all sorts of human treasures. Ray has already started a collection, thanks to her Dad’s visits to Earth when he is working as a Weather Warrior battling storms.
It is rumoured that there once used to be another type of Weatherlings who had Rainbow magic, until they were all wiped out by the worst storm in history – although most people don’t believe they were real. Along with her two best friends, Snowden Everfreeze and Droplett Dewbells, Ray attends a festival for the Eclipse, which turns out to be the beginning of an unexpected adventure for them.
Rainbow Grey is funny, smart and I am in awe of the creativity behind it. I adored the clever weather-related character and place names. The characters are not human, but still remain highly relatable; the main characters had friendship issues to deal with, like any children their age, and it’s important for children to be able to recognise things that they might be going through in their own lives in a book. Likewise, the nod to dyslexia when Ray describes letters as being jumbled on the page and later on, when reading from coloured paper was referred to, would resonate with a lot of children.
Whilst being a mid-length chapter book, the illustrations make this book more accessible for slightly younger readers or those that are used to a shorter-length chapter book. I was completely drawn in by Ray’s magical world and can’t wait to read more of her adventures!
Rainbow Grey also features in our Summer 2021 Ones to Watch collection and May 2021 Books of the Month.
Rainbow Grey is available to purchase online from BookShop.Org or Amazon.
Guest Post – My 5 Favourite Books From Childhood
with Laura Ellen Anderson, author of Rainbow Grey (available here)
1. The Witches by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake (available here)
The opening chapter titled A Note About Witches is just sublime. From the very beginning, you are intrigued as a reader, desperate to know more about these ‘real witches’ and how to catch one. Now, every time I see a woman wearing long gloves on a mild day, I immediately assume she MUST be a witch.
The Grand High Witch is utterly terrifying, and I don’t think there’s one person who doesn’t find the whole concept of the little girl stuck in the painting highly disturbing. But that is what makes this book so great. It’s a mixture of slightly scary to keep us on our toes, but also delightfully witty and heart-warming.
2. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (available here)
3. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy (available here)
4. Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt (available here)
It basically involved Ruby swapping places with the original Mildred Hubble (who was actually a sensible kid with good grades). This swap meant that Mildred appeared scatty, rebellious and always getting herself into trouble (because she
5. Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley (available here)
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