October 11, 2015 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
The Colouring Book illustrated by Julian Mosedale and edited by Hannah Cohen. Published by Buster Books, an imprint of Michael O’Mara Books. Paperback sized 7.5 x 9.5 inches with 64 pages. Published in September 2012.
The Colouring Book’s target audience is most definitely kids. However, I can’t help liking it! There are no rules in coloring so who made up the rule that says an adult can’t color in a children’s coloring book?! I say break the rules! This adult is embracing her inner child and getting her color on!
I really like The Colouring Book. Many, but certainly not all, adult coloring books are full of intricate and detailed drawings that are more suited for fine or ultra-fine tipped markers rather than colored pencils. While this type of art can be exquisite, I personally do not enjoy coloring in such tiny spaces — plus even my sharpened Crayola pencils don’t even fit in between the lines. Well, that’s not a problem is this book!
Kids (and adults!) are definitely going to love The Colouring Book — there’s definitely some silly pages to color, like this one:
And this spread is my favorite of the collection. I LOVE that Mosedale made some subtle references to other works of art. That guy with the banana smile? A nod The Son of Man by René Magritte. The sunflowers? That’s by Van Gogh. The lady on the far left, maybe a more smiley version of The Mona Lisa? The chicken/rooster has me stumped though.
Anyway. There are plenty of more coloring pages that I will be coloring, like these two:
I’m not sure if this book is available in the USA, but if you are in the UK you can buy it directly from Amazon UK. I scored my copy from Hamilton Book here (not affiliated with them, but I’ve been buying from them for several years) for $2.95!
Coloring pages colored using a 50-count box of Crayola colored pencils.
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