#Colouring: The Aviary Peacock #MPBooks

A beautiful peacock image to brighten up your day! 🙂

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The Aviary Peacock
Colouring outline from ‘The Aviary’ – Colouring © My Peacock Books
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This is a coloured in peacock from the colouring book called ‘The Aviary’.  It’s filled with realistic images of birds and is published by LOM Art an imprint of Michael O’Mara books.  I did this piece of colouring and took a picture a while ago now but recently looked back and was impressed with my own colouring skills (is that weird?).

What do you think of the peacock?  Would Phoenix the Peacock approve do you think? 🙂
(p.s. apologies for the general light tint on the picture, fault of the light in the room, and the slight shadow in the middle bottom of the pic)


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#Photo Challenge: Pedestrian Pigeons #Photography #MPBooks

An interesting take on the word ‘pedestrian’ 🙂

Pedestrian Pigeons
Pedestrian Pigeons – Image © My Peacock Books
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This is the first photo challenge I’ve ever done on wordpress so I hope everyone likes it.  The theme for this week’s challenge is pedestrian and I have my own little take on the pedestrian world – pigeons!  Love them or hate them (I personally love them) they are part of our towns and cities and help clean up the crumbs of food dropped on the street.  They’re also intelligent birds…well some of the time 😛 🙂

I actually love watching pigeons, I even visited Trafangar Square in London when I was younger.  Back them it was famous for the birds and stalls sold seed you could feed to them, I had several eating from my hands!!  They are smart and resilient birds which should be given some respect.  Pigeon chicks look very strange, by the way, different from most chicks which look a little cuter, and I think we’d all like them a little bit more if we saw more positive nature programs about them.  🙂

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope this image has brightened up your morning, and I hope you have a great week!


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#Poetry: Elastic Skin #MPBooks

A fun and quick poem (and picture) inspired by the daily prompt.

Pet Show Lizard
“Shhh… I’m hiding!”

The above picture is one I took from the London Pet Show last year.  It inspired this brief poem.  Hope it makes sense and you enjoy it, a little different from the usual poetry 🙂

Elastic Skin

You do not see,
You haven’t spied,
Where I stay,
Where I hide.

All you see,
Leaf or bark,
In the light,
In the dark.

A secret skin,
Colour change,
Keeps me safe,
With you in range.

So, you’ll not see,
Will not spy,
Where I stay,
Where I lie.


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#BookReview: The Picture of Dorian Greyhound by Oscar Wilde & Eliza Garrett #MPBooks

An interesting canine version of this dark classic.

The Picture of Dorian Greyhound book coverTitle: The Picture of Dorian Greyhound

Author: Oscar Wilde & Eliza Garrett

Illustrator: Pastiche Pastiche

Publisher: Wildfire

Genre: Classic, Short Story, Picture Book

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Description: The greatest works of literature, as told by the finest breeds.
Dorian Greyhound is the best of his breed – well tempered, beautiful and pure of heart.  So Basil Basset, an artist, paints a portrait that reflects the very essence of Dorian’s soul.
Then the moral corruption of this sweet creature begins.  On the outside, Dorian remains young and sleek – but as his naughtiness increases, the portrait starts to reveal his inner decay…

My Review: Having read two other books from the Classic Tails series, ‘Romeow & Juliet’ and ‘Pugs & Prejudice’, I was excited to read this one despite the fact I have never read or seen the original Oscar Wilde story. ‘The Picture of Dorian Greyhound’ is an interesting book with some beautiful illustrations. The book is a hardback and reminds me of the old Ladybird books I used to have as a child as the book is the same size with a matt finish, and has some lovely thick glossy pages inside with text on one side and a detailed illustration on the other.

The story itself is a much shorter version of the original ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ and begins with Basil Basset painting a portrait of Dorian Greyhound while recounting how he met him to his friend Lord Wooffon. When Dorian visits Basil he meets Wooffon who becomes a bad influence on him. I don’t want to detail the story but will say that it’s much darker than the other two books I read. Although a lot of what happens to Dorian and what he does is left out from the original book, the story still takes on a sinister turn and left me with mixed feelings having finished it.
The story is easy to read and the illustrations are really beautiful and very detailed. I loved reading the story but given the way it ends and the realistic images of the dogs I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as I had hoped.

Beautiful detailed illustrations throughout the book

The pictures in this book are really lovely and I do like how realistic all the dogs look. The dogs have human bodies and human clothes but the pictures do show things such as the dog’s tails and I love that one character, Sybil Dane, not only looks like her breed but it’s also reflected in how big she is compared to other characters. There’s also a very subtle detail in all of the images which isn’t easy to spot but if you look closely every picture looks as if it has been painted onto canvas and it just gives these images an extra special feel.

What I love most about the Classic Tails series and this book too is all the dog references which make the story more funny. Apart from the obvious names of the characters being dog breeds, there’s also mention of other dog things such as greeting someone with ‘a delicate sniff of the other’s hindquarters’ and one character contemplating a squeaky ball!

Each image appears along with easy to read text.

Although overall I do like the book and still find many of the dog references and pictures cute, the story of Dorian Greyhound is a dark one and the ending is one that can be a bit shocking if you’ve never read or heard of the original before. The last images of Dorian’s painting (or pawtrait as it’s called in the book) plus some of the other images towards the end of the story are a little dark and perhaps disturbing if you’re expecting a lighthearted and funny story like you get with ‘Pugs & Prejudice’. The realism in the images can feel all the more eerie if you are a dog lover and don’t enjoy the overall darkness of the story and I’m not sure if this would make some dog lovers like or dislike the book.

Despite what I’ve said I would still recommend this, it’s certainly made me want to read the original now, as it feels as if there are large chunks missing from the original story. And I think many people might get interested in this classic if they read this canine version first, however given the darkness of the story I certainly wouldn’t recommend this for anyone younger than teens to read as some of the images can scare younger kids.
-Thanks to Bookbridgr and the publisher for a free copy.


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#Bookreview: Pugs & Prejudice by Jane Austen & Eliza Garrett #MPBooks

An amazing canine version of the classic novel with stunning images!

Pugs & Prejudice book coverTitle: Pugs & Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen & Eliza Garrett

Illustrator: Bob Venables

Publisher: Wildfire

Genre: Classic, Short Story, Picture Book

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Description: The greatest works of literature, as told by the finest breeds.
Mrs Bennet has five unmarried daughters, living in a house that can only be inherited by a male heir.  The Bennet litter must be married off soon – but to whom?
Fuzzy-muzzled Mr Bingley seems like the perfect match for sweet-tempered Jane; and might his glossy but grumpy companion Mr Darcy be just right for her witty sister Elizabeth?
Perhaps.  Or perhaps not…

My Review:  I love classics and I love the cute pug dog breed so I couldn’t resist this book when I saw it!  ‘Pugs and Prejudice’ is the first in the Classic Tails series which currently has four books but I hope will have more.  Each of the books are hardback with a matt finish to this, and are filled with some lovely thick, glossy pages which have some lovely pictures.  The books remind me of the Ladybird books I had as a child as the story is on one side of the page with a old-fashioned style image on the other.

The basic story of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is told in this book but it’s a much shorter and simpler version (with added pug references) with only the main parts of the story told.  It’s not necessary to have read Pride and Prejudice, or seen an adaptation before, as it’s easy to understand what is happening but it’s much more enjoyable if you do know the story.  The Bennet family consists of a couple and their five daughters who must be married as soon as possible as only a male heir can inherit the Bennet family home.  But will Elizabeth find a matching suitor?
The tale is easy to read and with the simple text that isn’t as complicated as the Shakespeare text of ‘Romeow and Juliet’ (also part of the Classic tails series) and because of this I think it would be easy for some younger ages to read this book.

Some lovely illustrations with the story on the left.

What I really love about this story is the pug references.  The story starts by talking about the Bennet litter, rather than daughters, and there are constant mentions of dog things such as Mr Collins the clergypug, the Bennet’s home is referred to as the kennel and I love the way the pictures also add a fun dog feel, with characters presenting bones to eat and a sick dog in bed with a cone around its neck!

The illustrations are amazing and very detailed with an old-fashioned feel to them.  Each picture is like a painting and in fact they all have some subtle design that make them look like old paintings with a cracked oil paint finish.  Although there have been many versions of Pride and Prejudice over the years, the pictures remind me of the tv version I saw in the 90s.  Every character is a pug and there’s something really special about a pug’s face that just makes it look so cute in the pictures, even the famous Darcy coming out of the water looks cute/funny!  I really love the detail of some of the character’s faces and all the images just make the book more special to read.  The illustrations also add a fun twist on many things mentioned in the story, such as the ball not just being a dance and I love the twist on one of the sisters names!

Another great picture of a ball!

This really is an amazing book and perfect for anyone who loves animals (especially pugs!).  It’s a perfect introductory tale for anyone who doesn’t know Pride and Prejudice and even more enjoyable for those that do, and given the simple and easy to read text kids might enjoy being introduced to this great classic too.  I can’t recommend this enough!
-Thanks to Bookbridgr and the publisher for a free copy.


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#BookHaul: Bookbridgr (Publisher Wildfire) 2017 #MPBooks

Take a look at these beautiful books and the amazing classic/animal theme 🙂

I’m a bit late in posting this but I received these beautiful books from Bookbridgr not long ago.  The books are out today, all part of the ‘Classic Tails’ series.  I will be posting up reviews very soon, but for now, just take a look at the amazing covers and I can tell you there are wonderful similar images throughout the pages of each book too! 🙂  Description of each book is below, hope you’re enticed by them like I have been 😀

Bookbridgr Classic Tails
Classic novels with animals!

Pugs & Prejudice – Mrs Bennet has five unmarried daughters, living in a house that can only be inherited by a male heir. The Bennet litter must be married off soon – but to whom?  Fuzzy-muzzled Mr Bingley seems like a perfect match for sweet-tempered Jane; and might his glossy but grumpy companion Mr Darcy be just right for her witty sisiter Elizabeth?  Perhaps.  Or perhaps not…

The Great Catsby – Mysterious moggy millionaire Jay Catsby is haunted by the love of a beautiful pussycat called Daisy, whom he lost to another long ago.  When Daisy’s cousin Nick Cattaway moves in next door, it seems like Catsby’s a whisker away from winning back his beloved.  But Daisy’s husband Tomcat has other ideas…

The Picture of Dorian Greyhound – Dorian Greyhound is the best of his breed – well tempered, beautiful and pure of heart.  So Basil Basset, an artist, paints a portrait that reflects the very essence of Dorian’s soul.  Then the moral corruption of this sweet creature begins.  On the outside, Dorian remains young and sleek – but as his naughtiness increases, the portrait starts to reveal his inner decay..

Romeow & Juliet – In fair Purrona, two furry families are at war.  But when Romeow, the son of Lord Montamew, sneaks into the Cattulet ball, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet – the daughter of his father’s sworn enemy.  So begins the tale of two star-crossed kitties, who defy this feline feud for the chance to live – but ultimately die – together…


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#Colouring #BookReview: Millie Marotta’s Curious Creatures #MPBooks

A beautiful and detailed adult colouring book.

Millie Marotta Curious Creatures book coverTitle: Curious Creatures

Author/Illustrator: Millie Marotta

Publisher: Batsford

Genre: Colouring book

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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.

Interesting range of different creatures 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.

More pretty and detailed images to colour.

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).

Sharks! 🙂

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 🙂 …

Millie Marotta Curious Creatures sea dragon
My own colouring 🙂

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