MerTales: The Mysterious Rainbow Thief by Rebecca Timmis

The Mysterious Rainbow Thief (MerTales 4)
Author: Rebecca Timmis
Published: May 2022
Publisher: Allen and Unwin (Albert Street Books)
Readership: Junior Fiction
Genre: Mystery, adventure
Rating: ★★★★
RRP: $14.99

I received a copy of The Mysterious Rainbow Thief from the publishers for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jiggling jellyfish! It’s Book 4 in the fin-tastic MerTales series, packed with mer-magical adventure.

The colours are disappearing from Cockleshell Cove! The bright coral reef is grey and dull, and even the clownfish have lost their colour. The MerTales crew are worried their tails might be next!

Sandy sets out to investigate with the help of her friends, Pearl, Shell and Coral. F.I.N.S. have saved Cockleshell Cove from reef dragons, giant turtles and catfish burglars, but the Mysterious Rainbow Thief moves faster than anything they have ever seen.

Can the mer-crew catch the thief and bring back Cockleshell Cove’s beautiful rainbow?

In Cockleshell Cove strange things are afoot – the colours are disappearing, and mermaids Sandy, Pearl, Shell and Coral are very concerned about the long-term impact. Plus – no mermaid wants a grey tail! Together they investigate the disappearance of colours, leaving no shell unturned!
This was a very cute story! I’ve not read any of the previous books in the MerTales series, but I can see that they would have the same sense of adventure, fun and mystery in them. The characters are absolutely delightful and there are plenty of sea-related puns that will delight younger readers.
I really loved seeing a diverse cast of characters with different interests. This story centers around Sandy who has a passion for books – especially non-fiction – and science. She has a very methodical approach to solving the mystery in the story, and eventually realises she needs her best friends’ help to find out what’s really going on.
I can see younger readers enjoying this as a novel read aloud in a classroom or as a stepping stone to starting to read chapter books independently. There’s not too much text on each page, there’s fun fonts thrown in to highlight important words or phrases and illustrations to support the reading.

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