Double Review for Fairies The Colouring Book of Secrets and Santa Claus The Book of Secrets Christmas Colouring Book8
September 10, 2016 by Beth - I SNIFF BOOKS blog
Russell Ince is an author/illustrator from the UK and is the creator of two books, Fairies The Book of Secrets and Santa Claus The Book of Secrets. The art and book design for these books is quite lovely and there is a special magical and wondrous vibe on every page. (You can click to see interior page previews from the Fairies and Santa Claus books.)
Russell has taken the illustrations from both books and created two coloring books: Fairies The Colouring Book of Secrets and Santa Claus The Book of Secrets Christmas Colouring Book. I eagerly anticipated the arrival of both coloring books — I couldn’t wait to see how the books’ imagery would translate to inky line drawings for coloring.
But to be painfully honest, when the coloring books arrived, I was incredibly disappointed. IMHO, there is a major disconnect between the imagery in the books and the imagery in the coloring books. I was expecting pages filled with Fairy and Santa Claus/Christmas related imagery. Instead, both coloring books are primarily filled with wallpaper, repeating pattern, and mirror-image designs. I kept searching the coloring books in vain hoping to find imagery reminiscent of the lovely, magical, and wondrous imagery from the original books — sadly, there was not much to find.
For a point of reference, Fairies The Colouring Book of Secrets has 45 coloring pages and only 12 pages feature designs that are not wallpaper, repeating pattern, or mirror-image designs. Santa Claus The Book of Secrets Christmas Colouring Book has 45 pages and only 8 pages feature designs that are not wallpaper, repeating pattern, or mirror-image designs.
It’s entirely possible that you may feel different about both coloring books as art is so subjective. Below is a silent video flick-through of both books — you can click the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the video screen and make it full size.
As a side note, both books were produced very well. The books are sized 8.75 x 10.25 inches and have sturdy covers with gold foiling accents. The designs are printed on both sides of medium-weight white paper and the books lay considerably flat when open. On the reverse side of the title page I discretely tested my Stabilo point 68 pens and Staedtler Triplus Color Markers — both shadowed a bit but did not bleed through the page.
Both coloring books are available in Russell’s online shop.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the artist in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.
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