Artist – Pauline Baynes
Publisher – Harper Collins
Pages – 96
This is a book I have been waiting for for a long time. From the second I opened the package, I was impressed. The cover is a soft matte card, primarily white, with some designs from the book on the front. The designs are coloured in a limited palette, with an impressive half coloured Aslan under the metallic copper title.
The spine is lightly glue bound with string reinforcement, meaning that it can take quite a bit of pushing, pulling and traveling without any issue. The book is 28cm x 22cm, a nice standard size for a bag or a bookshelf.
The paper is a medium thickness. There is a moderate amount of tooth, and pencils lay down well on the bright white paper. I experienced no bleeding with waterbased markers or fineliners, but some shadowing. This is unfortunate – the images are double sided.
With the plethora of colouring books based on popular culture being release lately, this was a great change. The images are taken from the original illustrations from C.S Lewis’ tales. They have been adjusted to make them suitable for colouring.
The images do have sketchy lines in areas, as well as some areas with shading and depth indicated with linework. This isn’t common in colouring books, but is a nice change. It gives you some idea of where the shadows and depth should be in an image.
The images have a consistent style throughout, thanks to both the story and the source of the images. There is a variety of double page spreads, scenery, maps, wallpaper pages and colourable quotes from the story.
The book is divided amongst the various Narnia tales, beginning with The Magicians Nephew. There is an introductory page with the title, an image and a patterned border, then a mixture of colourable quotes and images following this. This is repeated for all of the Narnia tales.
Intricacy varies throughout, but the majority of images do contain an equal mixture of smaller and larger areas. Line thickness remains moderate throughout, but it suits the style of image very well.
The fantasy and story theme throughout this book makes it a great way to distract yourself from an unpleasant reality, whether that be a bad day, insomnia, pain or anxiety.
The intricacy is suitable for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as there are smaller images, images with repeating patterns and more detailed, larger images for when your concentration is better.
The line thickness and intricacy means it is most likely for those with vision or fine motor impairments, but as always, please check the images beforehand.
If you enjoy this style of image to colour, read this review of The Jungle Book Colouring Book.
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