Robin and the Rainbow


56 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-88823-095-2





Illustrations by Veronika Martenova Charles
Reviewed by Sheila Martindale

Sheila Martindale is poetry editor of Canadian Author and Bookman and
author of No Greater Love, her sixth collection of poetry.


This could have been a good story, but it isn’t. It has the potential of engaging the interest of 7- to 10-year-olds, but somehow it falls short. The mixture of reality and magic does not blend comfortably; the characters are under-developed; and there are many unexplored possibilities. In themselves these might be minor flaws, but together they produce a narrative that is not only unsatisfying but also rather silly.

Even youngsters who are happy to suspend the mundane might have a hard time believing the merry-go-round that spins the protagonist off to her adventure. And who could relate to a character named Reem Ember, even one who was always forgetting things? I’d expect to find out more about a mother who could conjure up unicorns and a father who casts spells, but they remain out of focus, which is a pity.

The book is somewhat redeemed by Veronika Martenova Charles’s illustrations.


Plant, Maria R., “Robin and the Rainbow,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 12, 2024,