Monday, September 19, 2016
A colouring book roundup - Break out your best pencils and felt tips, it's colouring time!
We've been checking out some brilliant colouring books recently, and we're kicking off with our favourite.
The late Terry Pratchett's seemingly limitless imagination gave birth to the awesome Discworld, and a host of unforgettable characters that populate his brilliantly funny stories.
Long-time collaborator and illustrator Paul Kidby, who came up with the amazing covers and illustrations for Pratchett's books, has long been recognised as the authority on how Pratchett's characters should look.
Paul has come up trumps with a new colouring book, published by Gollancz, that collects together some of his best works of art - turning them into crisp and clear line art so that you can add your own dashes of colour.
|DEATH in all his glory!|
There are also lots of colour plates at the back of the book of Paul's amazing artwork to give you some pointers and get you off to a flying start.
"The Discworld Colouring Book" by Paul Kidby is out now, published by Gollancz.
A shift in gears for the next two colouring books - this time from amazing artist Tomoko Toshiro...
Each colouring spread is exquisitely detailed so you'd better sharpen your pencils to the max to fill in all the tiny little colouring areas within.
Illustrations are crisp and clear, and you'll easily find your favourite story nestled somewhere in here (we spent a very long time colouring in the gorgeous 'confectionery cottage' from Hansel and Gretel - who can resist something so appealing to a pair of sweet-tooths like us!)
Also from Tomoko is the fantastic "Princesses and Fairies Colouring Book"...
If your children are into amazing costumes and pretty accessories then this is very much the colouring book for them. Tomoko's designs are stunning.
The "Fairy Tales Colouring Book" and "Princesses and Fairies Colouring Book" are published by Pavilion Children's Books
Last but by no means least, an absolutely sumptuous and luxuriously bound book to turn into your very own private bestiary...
"The Book of Beasts: Colour and Discover" by Angela Rizza and Jonny Marks is an incredible collection of mythical animals drawn from Aboriginal, African, Mesoamerican, Greek, Roman, Indian, Norse, Chinese, Celtic and Japanese folk tales. Gorgeously presented in a fully-foiled gold and blue cover, it almost looks too good to deface with your own colours but that's what it's for - so brush up your skills to the max with this fabulous book.
Each collection of mythical animals is followed by a description of the beast and its origins. If you've ever wanted to know more about Unicorns, Krakens, Cockatrices, Gryphons or Dragons then you're going to absolutely love this book. What an utterly brilliant idea!
"The Book of Beasts: Colour & Discover" is out now from Buster Books.
(All books kindly supplied for review)