Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic by Vladimir Aleksic and Kate Ware
|Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic by Vladimir Aleksic and Kate Ware|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: A well-designed trip through Dicken's A Christmas Carol in pleasing pictures to colour. Relaxing and enjoyable.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 80||Date: October 2016|
|Publisher: Little Tiger Press|
A Christmas Carol has always been my favourite book by Charles Dickens. Perhaps it's the fact that it's a novella rather than the usual brick of a book, but the plotting has always seemed tighter and the story more fast moving. I also like to idea of Ebenezer Scrooge not so much getting his comeuppance as his seeing the error of his ways. I've read the book and seen numerous film adaptations - now I've had the opportunity to do some relaxing colouring of scenes from the classic story. Was it fun?
Yes - it was great fun. There are some nice touches to start and finish with - the inside of the cover (complete with flaps) have designs to colour - pleasant, relaxing, mindless colouring - the sort of thing which calms when you've been in a rush and you just want something to gentle you back into a good mood and only have ten minute or so to spare. Then we're into the story - and we begin with the death of Jacob Marley - or rather his funeral. It's a double-page spread, complete with horse-drawn carriage and cobbled streets: a gentle exercise to get you into the mood for what's to follow.
And then we work our way through the story. You don't have to rely on the pictures alone (good as they are) for the story, as each double page has a quote which gives you the gist of what's happening from the funeral procession right through to Tiny Tim not dying. On the final couple of pages you get a collection of facts about a Victorian Christmas. There are well over thirty full-sized projects to complete and quite a few smaller ones for when you're not so rich in terms of time. With a cover price of £9.99 that's good value.
The paper used is good quality and there's no bleed-through to the reverse. No great skill is needed, but rather patience and a steady(ish) hand. You're not going to be stumped by finding a large face which is difficult (impossible for me!) to get looking life-like: I don't find something which I know I'm not going to be able to do well in the least bit relaxing, so this was a bonus for me. I only had one niggle and that was the difficulty of of colouring into the gutter between the pages on the double-page spreads.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
For more Christmas-themed colouring, why not make your own Christmas cards and gift boxes? If your taste runs to colouring the classics then we can recommend Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights: A Colouring Classic by Elisabetta Stoinich and Bram Stoker's Dracula: A Colouring Classic by Chellie Carroll.
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