Review of Just Add Color: Circus: 30 Original Illustrations To Color, Customize, and Hang

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November 8, 2015 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth

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Just Add Color: Circus is QUITE an intriguing and bizarre coloring book. It’s hard to put into words, but this coloring book definitely tells a story as you turn the pages. Circus seems to emphasize the people side rather than the animal side of the circus and I love this — I like being introduced to all the human marvels (a much nicer term to use than circus freaks). And I know this may sound strange, but I do find myself thinking about the people on the pages and wondering what kind of lives they lead both in and out of the circus. Maybe that’s the bit of comic girl nerd in me — I’m wishing for character origin stories!

Anyway, back to the coloring! I ♥ Sarah Walsh’s black inky lines and artistic style — there’s most definitely a peculiar (but that’s to be expected due to the subject matter) and vintage vibe to the art.

This is the page I want to color next!

Just Add Color: Circus by Sarah Walsh. Published by Rockport Publishers, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, in September 2014.

Just Add Color: Circus by Sarah Walsh. Published by Rockport Publishers, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, in September 2014.

And just an FYI, even though there are 64 pages, the book only contains 30 coloring pages. Of these 30 coloring pages: 14 feature a person or person(s), 4 show animals, and 11 have both people and animals on the page. And yes that only adds up to 29 — I don’t know how to classify the portrait of the mermonkey! And speaking of pages, the pages are perforated (easy to tear out, if you desire) and only printed on one-side (people who use markers will rejoice!).

My only tiny quibble is that I wish the title and copyright pages had designs on them to color — I like it when the artist sneaks in extra opportunities for coloring. Quibble aside, Just Add Color: Circus is terrific! There’s not one dud coloring page in the book! I want to color them all — even this (creepy-ish) clown one!

Just Add Color: Circus by Sarah Walsh. Published by Rockport Publishers, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, in September 2014.

Just Add Color: Circus by Sarah Walsh. Published by Rockport Publishers, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, in September 2014.

The QuartoCreates blog has a sneak peak of more coloring pages as well as an interview with Sarah Walsh.

No disclosure statement — I bought this book myself! Coloring pages colored using a 50-count box of Crayola colored pencils. I did try out STAEDTLER colored pencils in a couple of spots — I talk about my experience using these pencils in this product review post.

Just Add Color: Circus: 30 Original Illustrations To Color, Customize, and Hang by Sarah Walsh. Paperback sized 8.5 x 10 inches with 64 pages. Published by Rockport Publishers, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, in September 2014.

Just Add Color: Circus: 30 Original Illustrations To Color, Customize, and Hang is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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