Coloring books are “in.” And now they are not just for kids. Don’t think of the coloring pages made famous in “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. That was for kids.
These new coloring books are intricate and just scream for brightly colored markers, paints or soft colored pencils. They are a perfect way to relax or spend time using that creative part of your brain when the rest of your day is spent in a noncreative way. Two books are full-size and three are small enough to tuck into a purse or even a back pocket.
“I Heart Coloring” is one of the small books. It includes minarets, hearts, feathers and fish. There are fruit, wallpaper-like patterns and clocks. There is enough variety so that everyone should be able to find something that they would be tempted to fill in with bright (or not-so-bright) colors. “I Heart Cute Coloring” is the second of the small coloring books. It is — no surprise — filled with cute pictures. There are darling deer, manic monkeys, smiling turtles and silly elephants. This is a coloring book that will please younger artists. The last of the small coloring books is “Coloring Flowers.” Filled with pages of flowers; some simple and some not-so-simple. The Hyacinth, for example, is exquisitely drawn and demands very fine markers or pencils that are carefully sharpened. Snapdragons and daffodils share the pages with other labeled flowers and even a flower-filled cat.
“The Neon Coloring Book” is just what the title would suggest. A full-size coloring book just as much for adults as kids (aged 5 – 8 according to the publisher, Price Stern Sloan). The drawings to be illustrated include cavorting camels, a sitting squirrel, gorgeous giraffes, and skulls to thrill any Day of the Dead artist. All the pages have anywhere from a bit of color to a full background of either fuschia or neon orange. Make sure to only bring your brightest colors to this book. (Publishing date for this title is December 8.)
Another full-size coloring book is “I Love My Hair” by Andrea Pippins. With this coloring book (aimed at all ages according to Schwartz & Wade Books), kids and adults can fill in complex braids, flowery hair-dos, outlines words like “Be fearless and have fun with your hair.” Some pages are “curly,” while others are “short and spikey” or “cropped and coily.” Yet another page is filled with hair terms like trim, flat-iron, spray, style, rinse, shave, and dye. From elaborately filled pages to pages with lots of white background, artists are sure to find something that they will enjoy coloring.
Please note: This article is based on the final paperback books provided by Schwartz & Wade and Price, Stern, Sloan, the publishers, for review purposes.
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