Little Tiger Press

A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic – A Review

Disclaimer – Please read this disclosure about my use of affiliate links which are contained within this post.
A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic was published and very kindly sent to me by Little Tiger Press. This book is one in a series of five with four other titles already published (Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, Dracula, and Wuthering Heights). This book is 25cm square, the same size as most bestsellers, paperback with a thick but flexible card cover which has a wallpaper style design printed on the inside of the dust flaps, the cover is predominantly shiny red, with black and white line drawings and text. The spine is glue and string bound and is fairly durable but does start to break if you’re particularly persistent with trying to flatten it. The images are printed double-sided and therefore a number of them do enter the spine a little which makes them tricky to colour. The paper is bright white, thick and lightly textured, I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with any of my water-based pens and I was able to get plenty of layers with my coloured pencils; alcohol markers will bleed through. The majority of the images are double-page spreads and a quote from the original book is printed onto each. The images themselves are arranged into chronological order to loosely tell the story and consist of a number of scenes, quotes, patterns and images depicting something mentioned in the displayed quote. There are images of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob and Tiny Tim Cratchit, heaps and heaps of food, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, the Victorian streets and skyline and so much more. At the end of the book is a double-page spread titled A Very Victorian Christmas which briefly describes some of the traditions that we know today which were popularised by the Victorians. Illustrations that symbolise these things are cleverly pictured throughout the book to enhance the story which is a wonderful addition!

In terms of mental health, this book is ideal if you’re a fan of the original story and love all things Christmassy! The images are drawn in a consistent line thickness which remains thin, with spindly thin details throughout. There is a high level of intricacy and detail in many of the images though there are larger spaces in the images containing people, but mostly you’ll need fairly good vision and fine motor control in order to get the most out of this book. There isn’t a lot of leeway in the images to prevent you going over the lines or missing the details so do bear this in mind and check the suitability of the images below. The images are very pretty and quite ornate, they’ve got a real Victorian feel to them and they really create a sense of place and time and transport you back to Victorian England. The quotes are well chosen to be depicted in the images and to tell the basics of the story. The scenes depict the most crucial moments and are interspersed with images of objects, room scenes from Scrooge’s counting house, and patterns that all fit well with the other imagery and the story itself. Some of the images are busier than others so there is a bit of variance in the amount of time it’ll take to complete each page but mostly they’ll take a good few hours to complete and are therefore most suited to good days where your concentration is high and you can focus well. These images are very distracting and will need you to pay a fair amount of attention so that you stay within the lines so it’s great for absorbing you into the task at hand and would be really good for practising mindfulness as you focus on the here and now. However, it’s equally good at transporting you into the story and into the world of Christmas past. The images are beautifully drawn and very festive with lovely wreaths, Wintry foliage, and wonderful spreads of food shown on multiple pages.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of A Christmas Carol, and those who love Christmas generally, the imagery is beautiful and the quotes are well chosen and it’s a very good way of combining the classic story with symbolic illustrations that you can colour into your own bespoke book. You could even give a fully coloured copy to someone as a thoughtful and personalised gift, though with the amount of time it’d take to complete, it might be very difficult to part with your work!

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book it’s available here:
Amazon UK – A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Christmas-Carol-Charles-Dickens-Vladimir-Aleksic-Kate-Ware/9781848695412/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Sudee Stile Coloured Pencils 120 Set.

Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic – A Review

Disclaimer – Please read this disclosure about my use of affiliate links which are contained within this post.
Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic was published and very kindly sent to me by Little Tiger Press. This book is one in a series of four with three other titles already published (Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, and Dracula) and one more to publish later this year (A Christmas Carol). This book is 25cm square, the same size as most bestsellers, paperback with a thick but flexible card cover which has a wallpaper style design printed on the inside of the dust flaps. The spine is glue and string bound and is fairly durable but does start to break if you’re particularly persistent with trying to flatten it. The images are printed double-sided and therefore a number of them do enter the spine a little which makes them tricky to colour. The paper is bright white, thick and lightly textured, I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with any of my water-based pens and I was able to get plenty of layers with my coloured pencils; alcohol markers will bleed through. The majority of the images are double-page spreads and a quote from the original book is printed onto each. The images themselves are arranged into chronological order to loosely tell the story and consist of a number of scenes, quotes, patterns and images depicting something mentioned in the displayed quote. There are images of Catherine and Heathcliff meeting, Heathcliff brooding in multiple images, Catherine dying, Heathcliff dying, inside and outside Wuthering Heights, plenty of objects from within the house and wallpaper-style images. At the end of the book is a double-page spread of The Symbolism of ‘Vanitas’ objects, these objects of life, death and sin are illustrated throughout the book and their symbolism is carefully matched to each part of the story which is a wonderful touch!

In terms of mental health, this book is ideal if you’re a fan of the original story, and actually even if you’re not, it’s still beautiful to colour, the extent of my knowledge of Wuthering Heights before reviewing this colouring book was the eponymous Kate Bush song but I have still really enjoyed colouring and reviewing it. The images are drawn in a consistent line thickness which remains thin, with spindly thin details throughout. There is a high level of intricacy and detail in many of the images though there are larger spaces in the images containing people, but mostly you’ll need fairly good vision and fine motor control in order to get the most out of this book. There isn’t a lot of leeway in the images to prevent you going over the lines or missing the details so do bear this in mind and check the suitability of the images below. The images are very pretty and quite fancy and floral throughout, they feel a little chaotic and indicate a lot of movement but from the synopses I’ve read of the story, this seems quite fitting. The quotes are chosen very well to tell the story from beginning to end. The scenes depict the most crucial moments and are interspersed with beautiful images of objects, jewellery, furniture and patterns that all fit well with the other imagery and the story itself. Some of the images are busier than others so there is a bit of variance in the amount of time it’ll take to complete each page but mostly they’ll take a good few hours to complete and are therefore most suited to good days where your concentration is high and you can focus well. These images are very distracting and will need you to pay a fair amount of attention so that you stay within the lines so it’s great for absorbing you into the task at hand and would be really good for practising mindfulness as you focus on the here and now. However, it’s equally good at transporting you off to a far off time and place where life was simpler and offers great escapism, especially if you’re a fan of the original book! Despite the content of the story being quite dark and depressing, the imagery doesn’t particularly portray this and the images don’t feel negative or like they’ll drag you down. As someone who doesn’t know the original story properly, I can’t attest to whether those of you who do may feel more affected by the images so please do check the selection below to be sure.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of Wuthering Heights, the imagery is beautiful, the quotes are really well chosen and it’s a really wonderful way of combining a classic story with stunning illustrations that you can colour into your own bespoke book. You could even give a fully coloured copy to someone as a thoughtful and personalised gift, though with the amount of time it’d take to complete, it might be very difficult to part with your work!

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book it’s available here:
Amazon UK – Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Wuthering-Heights-Emily-Bronte-Elisabett-Stoinich/9781848693289/?a_aid=colouringitmom

You can pre-order A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic here –
Amazon UK – A Christmas Carol (A Colouring Classic)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Christmas-Carol-Charles-Dickens-Vladimir-Aleksic-Kate-Ware/9781848695412/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using AIVN Coloured Pencils (review coming soon).

Dracula: A Colouring Classic – A Review

Disclaimer – Please read this disclosure about my use of affiliate links which are contained within this post.
Dracula: A Colouring Classic was published and very kindly sent to me by Little Tiger Press. This book is one in a series of four with three other titles already published (Romeo and Juliet, Pride and Prejudice, and Wuthering Heights) and one more to publish later this year (A Christmas Carol). This book is 25cm square, the same size as most bestsellers, paperback with a thick but flexible card cover which has a wallpaper style design printed on the inside of the dust flaps, the cover is predominantly black with white line drawings and red foiling accents and text. The spine is glue and string bound and is fairly durable but does start to break if you’re particularly persistent with trying to flatten it. The images are printed double-sided and therefore a number of them do enter the spine a little which makes them tricky to colour. The paper is bright white, thick and lightly textured, I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with any of my water-based pens and I was able to get plenty of layers with my coloured pencils; alcohol markers will bleed through. The majority of the images are double-page spreads and a quote from the original book is printed onto each. The images themselves are arranged into chronological order to loosely tell the story and consist of a number of scenes, quotes, patterns and images depicting something mentioned in the displayed quote. There are images of Dracula, inside and outside the castle, forests, women being turned into vampires, vampire paraphernalia, scenes of Whitby, and Dracula’s death. As you’d expect in a book about vampires, there’s a fair amount of blood throughout but sadly the illustrator has decided to fill this in with black throughout the book meaning you’ll need to use a very opaque pencil or paint to make it red. I personally feel this was a real error in what is otherwise, a very well-illustrated book.  At the end of the book is a double-page spread titled The Folklore of the Fangs which describes historical beliefs about who’s at risk of becoming a vampire, how to ward them off, how to prevent the dead from being transformed and how to destroy them. Illustrations that symbolise these things are cleverly pictured throughout the book to enhance the story which is a wonderful addition!

In terms of mental health, this book is ideal if you’re a fan of the original story and love all things gothic and dark. The images are drawn in a consistent line thickness which remains thin throughout. There is a high level of intricacy and detail in many of the images though there are larger spaces in the images containing people, but mostly you’ll need fairly good vision and fine motor control in order to get the most out of this book. There isn’t a lot of leeway in the images to prevent you going over the lines or missing the details so do bear this in mind and check the suitability of the images below. The images are, as you’d expect, very dark and a little gory but they’re unlikely to upset anyone unless you’re particularly sensitive. I’d stick to colouring it on your good days as this book and its contents are certainly not uplifting or at all positive so they won’t help dark days or days when self-injury is in mind. That being said, if you like the story of Dracula, these things may not bother you so much and may impact your mental health less. The quotes are chosen very well to tell the story from beginning to end and the scenes depict the most crucial moments and are interspersed with images of objects, room scenes from inside the castle, and patterns that all fit well with the other imagery and the story itself. Some of the images are busier than others so there is a bit of variance in the amount of time it’ll take to complete each page but mostly they’ll take a good few hours to complete and are therefore most suited to good days where your concentration is high and you can focus well. These images are very distracting and will need you to pay a fair amount of attention so that you stay within the lines so it’s great for absorbing you into the task at hand and would be really good for practising mindfulness as you focus on the here and now. However, it’s equally good at transporting you into the story and into the gothic world of Transylvania. The images are very dark, both in content and colour, a large number of the images have black backgrounds or large blacked out parts so please be careful to only use this book on brighter days when you’re feeling resilient.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of Dracula, the imagery and quotes are well chosen and it’s a very good way of combining the classic story with symbolic illustrations that you can colour into your own bespoke book.

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book it’s available here:
Amazon UK – Dracula: A Colouring Classic
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Dracul-Bram-Stoker-Chellie-Carroll/9781848693296/?a_aid=colouringitmom

You can pre-order A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic here –
Amazon UK – A Christmas Carol (A Colouring Classic)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Christmas-Carol-Charles-Dickens-Vladimir-Aleksic-Kate-Ware/9781848695412/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using AIVN Coloured Pencils (review coming soon).

Romeo and Juliet: A Colouring Classic – A Review

Disclaimer – Please read this disclosure about my use of affiliate links which are contained within this post.
A Colouring Classic Romeo & Juliet was published and very kindly sent to me by Little Tiger Press. This book is one in a series with two titles publishing today (Romeo and Juliet, and Pride and Prejudice) and three more to publish later this year (links below). This book is 25cm square, the same size as most bestsellers, paperback with a thick but flexible card cover which unusually doesn’t have images printed on the inside of the dust flaps. The spine is glue and string bound and is fairly durable but does start to break if you’re particularly persistent with trying to flatten it. The images are printed double-sided and therefore a number of them do enter the spine a little which makes them tricky to colour. The paper is bright white, thick and lightly textured, I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with any of my water-based pens and I was able to get plenty of layers with my coloured pencils; alcohol markers will bleed through. The majority of the images are double-page spreads and a quote from the original book is printed onto each. The images themselves are arranged into chronological order to loosely tell the story and consist of a number of scenes, quotes, patterns and images depicting something mentioned in the displayed quote. There are images of Romeo and Juliet meeting, their coats of arms, the beautiful masked ball, masks, fireworks, and scenes of their deaths. At the end of the book is a beautiful double-page spread of The Apothecary’s Shelf depicting all manner of herbs and plants, as well as labels stating their names and uses, including the Monkshood that ultimately led to Romeo’s tragic death! These herbs and remedies are depicted throughout the book and are easily identifiable thanks to this wonderful key at the back.

In terms of mental health, this book is ideal if you’re a fan of the original story, and actually even if you’re not, it’s still beautiful to colour. The images are drawn in a consistent line thickness which remains thin, with spindly thin details throughout. There is a high level of intricacy and detail in many of the images though there are larger spaces in the images containing people, but mostly you’ll need fairly good vision and fine motor control in order to get the most out of this book. There isn’t a lot of leeway in the images to prevent you going over the lines or missing the details so do bear this in mind and check the suitability of the images below. The images are very pretty and quite fancy and floral throughout, they feel classic and indicative of the time period and are therefore very in keeping with the story. The quotes are chosen very well to be the most well remembered and to tell the story from beginning to end. The scenes depict the most crucial moments and are interspersed with beautiful images of objects, musical instruments, furniture and patterns that all fit well with the other imagery and the story itself. Some of the images are busier than others so there is a bit of variance in the amount of time it’ll take to complete each page but mostly they’ll take a good few hours to complete and are therefore most suited to good days where your concentration is high and you can focus well. These images are very distracting and will need you to pay a fair amount of attention so that you stay within the lines so it’s great for absorbing you into the task at hand and would be really good for practising mindfulness as you focus on the here and now. However, it’s equally good at transporting you off to a far off time and place where life was simpler and offers great escapism, especially if you’re a fan of the original book!

I would highly recommend this book to fans of Romeo and Juliet, the imagery is beautiful, the quotes are really well chosen and it’s a really wonderful way of combining a classic play with stunning illustrations that you can colour into your own bespoke book. You could even give a fully coloured copy to someone as a thoughtful and personalised gift, though with the amount of time it’d take to complete, it might be very difficult to part with your work!

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book it’s available here:
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Romeo & Juliet
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Romeo–Juliet-William-Shakespeare-Reni-Metallinou-Bethan-Janine/9781848693272/?a_aid=colouringitmom

My review of Pride and Prejudice: A Colouring Classic can be read here. It can be purchased here:
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Pride & Prejudice
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Pride–Prejudice-Jane-Austen-Chellie-Carroll/9781848693265/?a_aid=colouringitmom

You can pre-order the next three titles below:
Dracula: A Colouring Classic
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Dracula
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Dracul-Bram-Stoker-Chellie-Carroll/9781848693296/?a_aid=colouringitmom

Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Wuthering Heights
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Wuthering-Heights-Emily-Bronte-Elisabett-Stoinich/9781848693289/?a_aid=colouringitmom

A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic
Amazon UK – A Christmas Carol (A Colouring Classic)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Christmas-Carol-Coloring-Classic-Charles-Dickens-Kate-Ware-Vladimir-Aleksic/9781524713195/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.

Pride and Prejudice: A Colouring Classic – A Review

Disclaimer – Please read this disclosure about my use of affiliate links which are contained within this post.
A Colouring Classic Pride & Prejudice was published and very kindly sent to me by Little Tiger Press. This book is one in a series with two titles publishing today (Romeo and Juliet, and Pride and Prejudice) and three more to publish later this year (links below). This book is 25cm square, the same size as most bestsellers, paperback with a thick but flexible card cover which unusually doesn’t have images printed on the inside of the dust flaps. The spine is glue and string bound and is fairly durable but does start to break if you’re particularly persistent with trying to flatten it. The images are printed double-sided and therefore a number of them do enter the spine a little which makes them tricky to colour. The paper is bright white, thick and lightly textured, I experienced no bleeding or shadowing with any of my water-based pens and I was able to get plenty of layers with my coloured pencils; alcohol markers will bleed through. The majority of the images are double-page spreads and a quote from the original book is printed onto each. The images themselves are arranged into chronological order to loosely tell the story and consist of a number of scenes, quotes, patterns and images depicting something mentioned in the displayed quote. There are beautiful scenes of Elizabeth Bennet meeting Mr Darcy, images of embroidery and libraries, pictures of furniture and furnishings of the period, and many images of flowers and floral patterns. At the very end of the book is a three-page alphabetised list of flowers which lists their Victorian meanings, as well as drawn pictures of them all so they’re easily identifiable throughout the pages and you can discover the hidden meanings of why each has been pictured in the pages they have.

In terms of mental health, this book is ideal if you’re a fan of the original story, and actually even if you’re not, it’s still beautiful to colour. The images are drawn in a consistent line thickness which remains thin, with spindly thin details throughout. There is a high level of intricacy and detail in many of the images though there are larger spaces in the images containing people, but mostly you’ll need fairly good vision and fine motor control in order to get the most out of this book. There isn’t a lot of leeway in the images to prevent you going over the lines or missing the details so do bear this in mind and check the suitability of the images below. The images are very pretty and quite fancy and floral throughout, they feel classic and indicative of the time period and are therefore very in keeping with the story. The quotes are chosen very well to be the most well remembered and to tell the story from beginning to end. The scenes depict the most crucial moments and are interspersed with beautiful images of objects, food, furniture and patterns that all fit well with the other imagery and the story itself. Some of the images are busier than others so there is a bit of variance in the amount of time it’ll take to complete each page but mostly they’ll take a good few hours to complete and are therefore most suited to good days where your concentration is high and you can focus well. These images are very distracting and will need you to pay a fair amount of attention so that you stay within the lines so it’s great for absorbing you into the task at hand and would be really good for practising mindfulness as you focus on the here and now. However, it’s equally good at transporting you off to a far off time and place where life was simpler and offers great escapism, especially if you’re a fan of the original book!

I would highly recommend this book to fans of Pride and Prejudice, the imagery is beautiful, the quotes are really well chosen and it’s a really wonderful way of combining a classic novel with stunning illustrations that you can colour into your own bespoke book. You could even give a fully coloured copy to someone as a thoughtful and personalised gift, though with the amount of time it’d take to complete, it might be very difficult to part with your work!

If you’d like to purchase a copy of this book it’s available here:
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Pride & Prejudice
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Pride–Prejudice-Jane-Austen-Chellie-Carroll/9781848693265/?a_aid=colouringitmom

My review of Romeo and Juliet: A Colouring Classic can be read here. It can be purchased here:
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Romeo & Juliet
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Romeo–Juliet-William-Shakespeare-Reni-Metallinou-Bethan-Janine/9781848693272/?a_aid=colouringitmom

You can pre-order the next three titles below:
Dracula: A Colouring Classic
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Dracula
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Dracul-Bram-Stoker-Chellie-Carroll/9781848693296/?a_aid=colouringitmom

Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic
Amazon UK – A Colouring Classic Wuthering Heights
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Wuthering-Heights-Emily-Bronte-Elisabett-Stoinich/9781848693289/?a_aid=colouringitmom

A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic
Amazon UK – A Christmas Carol (A Colouring Classic)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/Christmas-Carol-Coloring-Classic-Charles-Dickens-Kate-Ware-Vladimir-Aleksic/9781524713195/?a_aid=colouringitmom

The image below was coloured using Stabilo Point 88 Fineliners and Stabilo 68 Fibre-tips.