My Review: Once again another Millie Marotta book does not disappoint! I’ve bought every Millie Marotta book I can since I first discovered them and this book is just as great as the rest but with lots of new creatures to colour in. ‘Curious Creatures’ is all about animals, be they fish, birds, insects or mammals, and each page or double page spread contains lots of intricate designs which I just love to colour in.
The book is the same size and thickness as her other books (or Johanna Basford’s books),wider than A4 but shorter, and contains so many pages that even for full price you are getting a bargain in terms of how much there is to colour! Each page is crisp white and nice and thick enough to colour using pens although being double sided I’d always be careful not overdoing the amount of felt pens or gel pens you use in one spot. I’ve only use pencils in my book.
Every picture in the book is a realistic outline of the real animal with lots of fun and detailed shapes inside it to colour in. Some of the images just have random shapes, while other animals are made from lots of leaves which just looks amazing! The animals really vary in this book and there’s plenty I’ve never seen before. My favourites include the weed sea dragons, narwhal and the kiwi. Some of the images have extra details in them such as leaves while others have blank around them. I love the blank spaces as it gives me the chance to doodle in my own drawings and there’s also a few pages at the back of the book for creating your own images which some people who enjoy drawing as well as colouring, like me, will love!
One thing I’ve noticed which I think is an improvement on the first Millie Marotta book, Animal Kingdom, is the slight increase in the size of the shapes that make up the animals. It’s not a drastic increase and there’s still as much detail to colour in but the first book had such small shapes you couldn’t always colour individual ones in easily with pencils (you’d need incredibly sharp pencils all the time).
The start of the book features an introduction by Marotta which as always is nice to read and the back of the book has list of all the animals that feature in the book which is great as I didn’t know what some of the birds were especially the mandarin duck.
I really love this book. I’ve barely coloured in anything and I’ve already spent hours on this and I just love it! I can’t say a bad thing about this book. Maybe it’s a little tricky to get into the centre of the book especially when colouring in a double page spread, but the book’s spine opens easily (might want to push/crack it open) and lies quite flat on a surface. It doesn’t bother me at all. I’ve included some pictures including my own colouring in with pencils. This book is just great, I can’t wait for the next one!
Here’s a coloured in picture. Tell me what you think of my colouring 🙂 …
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I have a new colouring book review to bring you tomorrow by the amazing Millie Marotta, her books never fail to please me! But for now I wanted to share a very colourful budgie to cheer up your Wednesday. This image comes from ‘Animal Kingdom’ (not the book I’m reviewing tomorrow). I know my photography skills leave something to be desired (need a new camera) but I hope you can still enjoy the image. Please let me know what you think? Does it cheer you up? Do you enjoy colouring and in particular the Millie Marotta books? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
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A fun colouring book for kids (and adults) to colour and learn.
Title: Kings, Queens & Palaces Colouring Book
Author: Historic Royal Palaces
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Colouring (aimed at children)
Description: Published in association with Historic Royal Palaces, this fun-filled activity book with beautiful illustrations to colour features kings, queens and palace people from some of the finest heritage sites of the British Isles. From William the Conqueror and the Tower of London to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace you can colour and learn with fun facts and information about the history of the royals, where they live and where they work.
My Review: This is a lovely colouring book for kids although some adults might enjoy some parts of this too. The book is a little smaller than A4 and not too thick but still has a lot of colouring inside it considering the price. As the name of the book suggests this is filled with images of palaces, Kings and Queens but also features extras such as the crown jewels and pictures of various other royal things. Each page is crisp white with clear black outlines and many of the pages are double page spreads. Each paper is double sided and although the quality of the paper is good it is a little thinner than some colouring books (such as the Buster Activity Books) so I’d only advise using pencils in this as I think pens of all kinds would just bleed through. I use pencils and they just glide on the paper making colouring in this book very easy and fun.
There are a lot of different images to colour in and each page and picture has various facts surrounding it, interesting facts I didn’t know. The pictures are mostly of palaces such as Hampton Court, Windsor Castle and Kew but also feature other things and I really like the doll’s house which is quite detailed! The pictures all look impressive and some of them are quite detailed too. I’m really amazed at how the current Royal Family look in some of the pictures, their faces are exactly like real life down to some creases and wrinkles. Some of the images look like they’ve been adapted/copied from real photographs which I suspect they may have been. Some of the palaces are more detailed than others in terms of colouring and plenty of the pictures have some additional white space which I like to use to doodle extras such as some birds.
What I love about this book is that it’s not like any other I’ve had before. I have the Kings & Queens to Colour book by Usborne but this one is very different with realistic yet fun images of everything. It’s simple enough for kids to enjoy but detailed enough for older ages to enjoy colouring in too. There are chances for you to doodle on certain pages that have blank spaces (if you feel like it) and the added fun facts about the palaces and royals just adds to why I like this book so much. The pages also open up fully so there are no issues with colouring into the spine. I just really like this book and can’t wait for another. I have included some images including one of my colouring in progress (in case anyone’s interested I know the jewels aren’t the same colours as the real crown but that’s the beauty of colouring – you can reinvent reality!)
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.
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A new peacock from A Walk in Nature. Do you like this picture?
Colouring is a great form of fun as well as be a way for people to cope with some mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is the new ‘in-thing’ and what better way to be in the moment and concentrate on the ‘now’ rather than worry about the future than to colour!
Today I bring you a piece of colouring! This comes from the colouring book ‘Chroma-Therapy: A Walk in Nature’ which I have recently reviewed here. As this is My Peacock Books it’s only fitting I give you a nice image of a peacock. It’s done in WHSmith Colouring Pencils (still the best pencils I’ve tried to far!). Tell me what you think 😀 ! I’d love to know if you like my colouring skills!! 🙂
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A review of a fun new colouring book with a special coloured in gorilla to see! 🙂
Title: Chroma-Therapy: A Walk in Nature
Author/Illustrator: Christopher D. King
Publisher: Austin Macauley
My Review: This is a lovely colouring book especially for using with a mixture of media. At around A4 in size and the rough thickness of a typical Millie Marotta or Johanna Basford colouring book, ‘A Walk in Nature’ has a lot of pages to colour. Each page is crisp white with a contrast of very dark black line work and the designs in this book range from being printed on one side of the page or some images are double page spreads. All the pages are printed on both sides of the paper but each page is so thick that the paper is more like thin card than actual paper.
The designs in this book are different to many colouring books I’ve had but have a unique feel to them. The start of the book has a great introduction from the author with a few first pages left blank as tester pages, which are great if you’re worried whether the paper can take various inks and pens. You can practice on these tester pages rather than spoiling one of the designs inside. After that there is a large selection of rather random images to colour in.
The name of the book is ‘A Walk in Nature’ and so almost all the designs feature some form of plants or animals. The designs are really random from things like crocodiles, gorillas and a peacock to some puppies and even a person and just random shapes. There’s a guide at the back of the book with stars showing how difficult a picture is to colour in, the difficulty being how complicated each design is. There are simple and easy to colour in ones and some very complex ones like the peacock.
Along with the fun images to colour in is a little fun sort of treasure hunt. Hidden among the different images are some creatures which can be a fun added extra to this book.
I’ve mentioned the pages are really thick, more like card than paper and because of this I’m confident that pens can be used on the pages without leaking through to the other side. I’ve only used felt pens but the paper is so thick and tough that I think even watercolour pencils, with a tiny touch of water (the way you’re supposed to use them) might even work and it’s something I plan to try next.
Overall this is a really lovely colouring book although some people may not like such thick black lines for the designs. I’ve enjoyed colouring in some of the designs in this and the gorilla image I’ve added uses a mixture of both colouring pencils and felt pens. The only negative I have with this book is the fact that although the designs don’t reach deep into the spine, it is difficult to open up the book completely. I usually ‘crack’ the spine of my colouring books so they open up as flat as possible but this book has a tendency to close back at the spine so colouring anything nearer the spine is harder as the page curves up away from the table I do this on. However this is only a small negative and not enough for me to drop a feather.
-Thanks to Austin Macauley for a free copy.
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