The Rainbow Goblins

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Thames and Hudson, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
3 Reviews
Since its first publication more than 15 years ago, the fantastic colors, amazing detail, and sweeping scope of The Rainbow Goblins have irresistibly invited tens of thousands of children to plunge their imaginations into its vivid world. This charming allegorical tale is once again available in a new edition. 18 color illustrations.

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Inappropriate illustration at end! This story and illustrations are unique and beautiful. I would rate this as a 5 except for one disturbing observation. We have read and loved this story and enjoyed the rich illustrations for years-- then my adolescent son pointed out the interesting, somewhat subtle 'relationship' between the red goblin and the orange goblin; it starts out as holding hands, etc, but then is somewhat less subtle in the scene where the lassos snap back on them. Now, we are a pretty liberal family, but I don't feel a children's book is the place to paint this sort of scene! Ul De Rico is an incredible, talented artist, but he shows poor taste in putting this in a children's book!!  

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This is such a wonderful book. I've never written a review for anything in my life, but this book made such an impact on my young mind when I was a child. It's visually stunning artwork made a permanent impression that has stuck with me for over 30 years. I'm happy to be able to share it with my own children now. 

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About the author (1994)

Ul de Rico (Ulderico Gropplero di Troppenburg) is an Italian-born artist and author of illustrated children's books, most notably The Rainbow Goblins (1978) and its sequel The White Goblin (1996).

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