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Colour in Classics: Grimm’s Fairy Tales is published by Jumped Up Publishing and was kindly sent to me to review by Kevin Knight, one of the illustrators. The book is smaller than A4 and bigger than A5, paperback, thick and heavily glue-bound so the book is quite difficult to get to lie flat though this will ease up with use. The pages are single-sided with space on the back of each for you to draw your own scenes with a written hint at the top of each one to give you ideas of what you could draw. The paper is bright white and smooth so it’s not ideal for layering with pencils and water-based pens go on smoothly but do shadow and bleed through a little but this doesn’t matter as it’s printed single-sided. The 70 images each depict a scene from the story or a character or abstract representation of some kind and each is titled at the bottom to help you identify who’s who or what’s going on. Despite the images depicting scenes from the original fairy tales, they’re not completely organised into specific stories or into chronological order, there is some ordering but it’s a little vague. The stories pictured include Rumpelstiltskin, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and a couple of others which have small mentions. Most of the images are of scenes of the story but there are also images of axes, baskets, flowers, baked goods and more which are arranged into patterns or abstract images to break up the stories.
In terms of mental health, the content of this book doesn’t have a lot of impact on it though do be aware that most of the characters are drawn in quite a stern style and therefore aren’t very cheery. The images are a good size to complete in one sitting and they contain a wide variety of levels of intricacy and detail meaning there is something for good and bad days and everything in between. The line thickness varies within some of the images and throughout the book but mostly stays within the thin/medium range so you certainly don’t need perfect fine motor control or vision to enjoy this book. Because the images aren’t huge you don’t need great concentration but they’re mostly detailed enough that they’ll keep you occupied and focused away from your symptoms. The images are quite similar to those in children’s colouring books and while this may be charming to some, for others it won’t appeal as it is adult colouring after all and this feels a little basic and aimed at children, especially as it’s based on much-loved children’s stories.
I’d recommend this book for anyone who wants variety of detail and intricacy but similar images where you can have multiple attempts at creating a masterpiece. Some of the drawings are lovely and others feel like filler images but you’ll get a good idea of the image content from the photos below so that you can make an informed decision, this book would certainly appeal to some!
If you’d like to purchase a copy it’s available here:
Amazon UK – Colour in Classics: Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Colour-in-Classics-Grimms-Fairy-Tales-null/9780955364143/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The image below was coloured using Stabilo 68 Fibre-tip pens.