Friday, July 22, 2011
Children's Book Review: The Rainbow Goblins
Author / Illustrator: Ul De Rico
What It's All About: Goblins who feast on the colors of the rainbow come to the valley where rainbows are born to steal the rainbows away and eat them. The valley knows of the goblins arrival and make a plan to thwart the wicked creatures. Led by the devious Yellow, the goblins take their rainbow-catching nets and move stealthily through the grass to where a rainbow is forming. Just as they throw their nets into the air, the rainbow disappears. The nets, empty of their prey, fall back on the goblins and ensnare them. When the goblins are well and truly caught, the flowers release the colors of the rainbow that they have hidden from the goblin. The colors pour out and drown the goblins and the rainbow, to thank the flowers who have saved it, turn them into beautiful rainbow birds who fly across the valley in freedom.
My Favorite Bit: My favorite bit is the sunset and moonscape on two of the pages. They are really fantasy perfect. As a child I also loved the page where the flowers became birds.
The Rainbow Goblins hardback at Amazon US
A Little About The Author / Illustrator: Ul de Rico (full name Ulderico Gropplero di Troppenburg) was born in 1944 in Udine, Italy. He wrote a sequel to the story above called The White Goblin and was also a major contributore to the film The NeverEnding Story. The style he used in both books was oil-on-oak panels, giving them a grainy yet vivid look. (Found this info in his wikipedia article.) Find more of his works at his site: http://www.uldericoart.it/
Ul de Rico