Rainbow Fish: You Can’t Win Them All




You Can’t Win Them All, Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Published by North South Books
Date: 1 June 2017



The rainbow fish books have been around for a while now and Marcus Pfister has been consistent in creating books with beautiful illustrations, usually with illuminated pinks, blues, purples and oranges. The beautiful underwater pictures are familiar to children and are one of the reasons why we love the Rainbow Fish stories so much.


In You can’t win them all, rainbow fish has a new friend called Red Fin who is delightful shades of orange, pinks and reds. They decide to play hide and seek with all their friends and unfortunately for rainbow fish it doesn’t go as he planned. The game of hide and seek that the friends play is familiar to children, and so is the reaction of Rainbow Fish when he sulkily decides he doesn’t want to play anymore.

What I like about this story is that despite how Rainbow Fish acted, Red Fin had kind words for his friend and cared about making him feel happier. This is some great role modelling for children.


Marcus Pfister message in this book is that we don’t always win and while it isn’t always easy we just need to accept the loss without compromising who you are. This is a message for all of us.

My message to Marcus Pfister is to keep bring us the Rainbow Fish books, your messages are strong and and shared in a refreshingly simple way through underwater adventures. If you haven’t read any of these books then pick up You Can’t Win Them All and you will soon be hooked.

Thank you to Netgalley and North South Books for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.

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