It was awesome to be back with Ray Grey and friends. Spending time in Laura Ellen Anderson’s imagination is an utter joy and is sure to get you out of a slump or bring some much-needed colour to a grey day.
Ten-year-old Rainbow (Ray) Grey is slowly but surely learning to master her weather weaving powers. Unfortunately, Ray is at the stage where things have a habit of going wrong and when all of the cloud creatures in The Weatherlands start disappearing the obvious explanation is to blame Ray and her misfiring magic. Ray knows that there is more to this mystery and is sure that the worst ROGUE in history, Tornadia Twist, is to blame. But can Ray stop Tornadia whipping up the ultimate storm and destroying her world, cloud magic and planet Earth…
The second thrilling Rainbow Grey story from the awesome Laura Ellen Anderson is another fabulously fun-filled adventure through the clouds and the richly imagined world of The Weatherlands. This time the plucky weather weaver has to deal with missing cloud-creatures, dark magic, a forbidden book and a dangerous weather weaver back from the past who is whipping up a storm of the likes that The Weatherlands has never seen before.
Such a situation calls for a particular type of character, one who is prepared to stare into the eye of the storm…step up Ray Grey. Alongside her loyal friends, Snowden and Droplett, and with her cloud-creature Nim by her side, she is an unstoppable force of nature. A brave and kind-hearted heroine who never gives up even when faced with the terrifying prospect of having to defeat the terrible Tornadia Twist.
There is so much to love; the unique characters (complete with portrait gallery and introductions) and creative locations (on a fabulously illustrated map) that all have wonderfully dreamt-up weather-themed names, a lively plot that fizzes along and plenty of weather related action that brings new meaning to the phrase ‘four seasons in one day’. And then there’s all of Anderson’s awesome artwork that appears as edging to pages, accompanies chapter titles, features on pages with text and there are plenty of fantastic full page pieces too.
Bursting with imagination and fun, energy and colour, excitement and peril, darkness and light, Rainbow Grey has everything. This series shines as strongly as the brightest and sparkliest of rainbows!
With huge thanks to Harper Collins for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 8+.