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A Rainbow in My Pocket

£12.99 (hardback)

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A Rainbow in My Pocket is a whimsical poem exploring a child’s curiosity about the world.

There are so many questions and thoughts that chase through your mind! Why is the sky blue? Why do the ants queue in such a straight line? Why are some words kind and some words harsh?

How do you put a rainbow in your pocket?

The meaning of this beautiful story is hard to chase down – just like a rainbow! But it expresses something of the nature of keeping your mind free; of how the thoughts of children rush in and out of their minds with breathless rapidity; and how their wishes for themselves and the world around them are simple and tender, and should be cherished.

Watch the book trailer

Meet the author and illustrator


Ali Seidabadi is a writer and poet for children and young adults who has written more than 40 books. He is editor of the only Iranian journal that deals specifically with children’s literature: Research Quarterly for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.




Hoda Haddadi is one of the most successful amongst the younger generation of Iranian illustrators. She has won several international awards, including the first prize at the Belgrade International Illustration Biennial, the New Horizons Award at the Bologna Book Fair, two medals at the Nooma Festival (Japan) and the golden plaque of the Biennial Illustration Bratislava. Other books for Tiny Owl include The New Baby and Me (2018).

Read an interview with Hoda

Read more about A Rainbow in My Pocket:
  • Dreamy poems like a child’s imagination. A review by Guardian Witness, Nicky Wallis. Link
  • Why the ants queue in such a straight line? A review by Parents In Touch. Link
  • Watch this short video introducing  illustrator Hoda Haddadi. Link
  • A book for personal contemplation. A review by Jill Bennett. Link
  • Discover your own rainbow. A review by Armadillo. Link
  • Discover the poetic side of Tiny Owl Publishing. A blog post. Link
  • About the simplicity and tenderness of life. A review by Books for Keeps. Link
  • A Rainbow in My Pocket gives a fantastic insight into the curiosity of childhood. A review by Laura Davies for Outside in World. Link
  • It captures the fleeting, musing, dreams and concerns of a young child. Link 
  • review by Children’s Books Ireland: A Rainbow in My Pocket carries an otherworldly atmosphere
  • blog: Books to make children think
  • This book was introduced for Perfect Picture Book Friday by book blog Wonder, Ponder, Write


Armadillo Magazine

An unusual book which will generate a lot of discussion and hopefully encourage creativity.

Parents in Touch

Delicate illustrations and captivating text work well together to make the reader think.

Books for Keeps

A book to prompt dialogue with any young child about the magic and wonder of their own world.

Posted in All Books, Books & Gifts, Key Stage 1, Poetry