REVIEW: Rainbow Bear by Stephen Michael King

Published: 1st November 2018

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback Picture book (Borrowed from Library)

RRP: $24.00

5/5 Stars

Bear likes to dive into the deep blue ocean, blowing bubbles and turning somersaults.

He wakes with the sun and sleeps with the moon. One morning, Bear is shocked to discover that his coat has changed.

Is Bear dreaming? Or are two cheeky polar bear cubs responsible?

Rainbow Bear is quirky out of the box picture book about good old fashioned family fun, with a couple of cheeky antics thrown in and bucketloads of imagination and colour for good measure.

Ultimately Rainbow Bear is about quality family time and how sometimes it’s the small moments that mean the most. The coloured markers and paint were a small gesture but turned into a family favourite activity that brought the family together and created endless hours of fun and mischief.

The narrative might be relatively simple within Rainbow Bear, but Stephen Michael King’s illustrations are magical. With pages upon pages of bold colour and snippets of crazy imagination everywhere, this book is an absolute delight to read. His characters are fun and quirky, the ‘painted’ shapes and patterns on the bears contrast brilliantly with the white space of their fur and the ice. It’s really just a magical experience of creativity, inspiration and imagination.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of fun and good old family antics.


 To purchase a copy of Rainbow Bear, visit the following online retailers:

AMAZON AUS | Angus & Robertson | BOOKTOPIA | Book Depository | QBD |


To learn more about Stephen Michael King, visit the following social media sites:

Stephen Michael King Website | Facebook | Instagram 



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