to this singular book by Redstone Press is 'Beautiful Books: Terrible Times': a short but terrifying phrase that speaks volumes. It couldn't be more apt however, as Inside the Rainbow is a treasury of images from Soviet children's picture books from the 1920s and 30s. That period – the first twenty years of Soviet rule after the Russian Revolution – was an incredibly rich time if you were a Russian writer or illustrator working on children's books, as somehow (presumably because the genre was not taken seriously) the books escaped censorship. As a result, the images are beautiful and inventive; infused with great charm and poetic irony, as well as full of hope for what was promised to be a Brave New World — all things that would soon disappear from their readers' lives. In many ways, it's a heartbreaking book. This is the first time such a compendium has been published in English, and Redstone have done a wonderful job of it. The introduction is by Philip Pullman, and there are extracts from some of the books themselves – poems and stories – as well as fascinating chunks of texts by people like André Gide, Nadezhda Krupskaya (Lenin's wife), and others who were part of or witness to the Russian Revolution.