Look for Me Under the Rainbow by Bernard Jan – Book Review – #LookforMeUndertheRainbow

Look for Me Under the Rainbow


Bernard Jan (Author)Maja Šoljan (Translator)




Sometimes all you need is a big heart and burning desire.

Danny, a curious harp seal pup, has soft white fur and black innocent eyes. Helen is an environmentalist and member of a young activist crew of the Rainbow Warriors. Their mission is to save animals.

As winter turns into spring, a new generation of seal pups comes to life. A few weeks later, the killing begins. Against a spectacular backdrop of ice and snow, Helen prepares to look horrific human cruelty in the face.

I do not doubt I have a big heart and burning desire, but is that enough for a person to become a Rainbow Warrior, or is there something better? Something only some of us manage to turn into what we have long missedhumanity.

In the race against time and clubs, will Helen save Danny before the hunt begins and the ice turns red?

Though written for younger readers, Look for Me Under the Rainbow will appeal to anyone who cherishes our beautiful planet and wishes to protect its treasures.

Buy this book by Bernard Jan, the author of A World Without Color, and experience another emotional journey.

My thoughts on this book:

This book captured my attention from the beginning to end. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but after reading A World Without Color, I knew this was a book I had to read.

It begins with the story of Danny, a seal pup with his whole life in front of him. As Danny spends his days playing curiously with his brother and learning life skills from his mother, he discovers what’s acceptable and also what isn’t safe.

“Is only the sea dangerous? Is there anything on the ice we should watch out for and fear?”

Meanwhile, Helen, an animal activist aka “Rainbow Warrior” is on a mission to protect as many animals as she can. Will she get to them in time before the hunting begins?

“I can only hope that one day we shall be forgiven if it turns out that man is responsible for the extinction of the last inhabitant of the seas, and the walls of death on their ghostly routes come to clutch us all in their deadly suffocating grip.”

This book focuses on the many dangers harp seal pups face from birth to adulthood, including mankind’s cruelty.  I was shocked at the facts and wasn’t fully aware that the slaughtering of these seals was still permitted. I found myself doing research online for hours afterward.

I’m genuinely glad I read this book. It’s difficult to use the word ‘loved’ or ‘enjoyed’ when describing how I feel about books with subjects such as this one, but it was intense, shocking, and a real eye-opener. Bernard Jan’s writing delivers such imagery that pictures aren’t needed. I cringed at times with some of the details, but it’s the truth that must be told so that more will be aware, and in turn we can discover how to help. 5-stars


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  • Publisher: Bernard Jan; 2 edition (April 15, 2018)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2018
  • Age level: 12-18
  • Language: English


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About the author:

Bernard Jan


“There is no greater joy than to share what you love with those who appreciate it.” – Bernard Jan

Bernard Jan is an author – a novelist and a poet – from Croatia, seeking representation of a literary agent for his work translated into English.

His first books have been written at the beginning of war in Croatia in 1991, amidst the air alerts and illusory attempts when he wanted to believe and think that life is normal, that everything is alright with the world.

In his lifespan he has written and published five novels, two novellas, one book of poems and an essay in Croatian. Four of his manuscripts, together with his book of poems, are translated into English and are available for representation and publication.

Bernard Jan has been a member of the Croatian Writers’ Association since December 30, 2003.

His passion for entertainment resulted in his becoming a partner of Tom’s Music Place, which was established in 2009 by his friend Thomas Carley Jr. with the goal to respect the music.

Jan’s need to help others came to the fore during his volunteering years: first in advocating for environmental protection, and then his volunteering, activism, work and advocacy for animal rights to the present day. He did some volunteering for the refugees, too, because suffering does not know about the borders and when it comes within your reach, in your yard, you simply have to do something.

As part of his animal advocacy activities, Bernard Jan has translated “Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust” by Charles Patterson into Croatian language.

You can connect with Bernard Jan below:

Thanks for reading my review of Look for Me Under the Rainbow. You can find my review for A World Without Color and my interview with the author at the links below.

Feel free to share your thoughts below. 🙂

14 thoughts on “Look for Me Under the Rainbow by Bernard Jan – Book Review – #LookforMeUndertheRainbow

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  2. Nel

    I love the cutie on the cover and thank you for recommending this to me cause it’s definitely right up my alley! I think it’s pretty great that he combined the story in a way to make it educational but enjoyable as a regular novel at the same time based off your review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Mischenko. 🙂

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    1. I love the cover too! It’s actually labeled YA and a novella so it’s a quick read. I ended up learning a lot online afterward as well. It’s just insane. Interested in your thoughts on this one. 💜


  3. stephanie haddad

    Fantastic review and post Jen! This author is one of my favorites and the subject in this one is so important to make known and to make change in the world to protect this particular animal and more that are hunted and killed for profit. Thx for sharing! 🙂❤️

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  4. mrsnnnlight

    Great review on a very relevant book right now. The seal hunting is horrible and they are such friendly creatures. I used to live in warm weather climate and used to visit a beach where seals would sunbathe.

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    1. Thank you! It is so sad. I can’t believe that anyone could club a seal to death like that. I just can’t get over that. They’re such beautiful creatures.

      I can’t imagine how neat that must’ve been to see them on the beach! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ❤

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