The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Unicorns and Rainbows by Rebecca Jones
|The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Unicorns and Rainbows by Rebecca Jones|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: Twenty-four sets of top quality cards, stickers and envelopes to keep the young artist engaged for a long time, please the recipient and all at a bargain price. Highly recommended.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? No|
|Pages: 74||Date: September 2017|
|Publisher: Nosy Crow|
|External links: Author's website|
I've a problem with many colouring books for children: some initial effort goes into the colouring, but the chances are that little will be kept on a long-term basis and it's not particularly satisfying. How much better would it be if the colouring produced something which could be sent to someone else, who would appreciate that it's unique and that effort and care has gone into the card? How much better to give a child something like The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Unicorns and Rainbows than an ordinary colouring book which will soon be discarded?
You get a book with twenty-four cards, envelopes and stickers. Colouring the card front could well take care of a wet afternoon and then there's another three surfaces, all of which require some colouring. There's plenty of space for a personal message inside and you even get to say on the back who did the colouring. The card comes out of the book easily and cleanly - in fact it's best to do this before the colouring begins and there's the added benefit that you could have several children working on cards from the book at the same time.
The envelopes are works of art: you get to colour in a full page, twenty-seven centimetres square with quite an intricate design and this forms the inside of the envelope. The corners of this page then fold inwards (don't worry - there are instructions and the page is gently contoured to guide you) to form the envelope. There are designs in each of the corners which you fold. Finally, when the card is popped inside you can seal the envelope with one of the stickers provided. If I was sending the card I coloured by post I'd be inclined to put it inside another envelope as a slightly-loose flap can catch on the sorting machinery and tear - which would be a tragedy.
The designs are probably going to appeal more to girls than boys, but I did spot one or two, such as the peacock or the unicorn which would tempt a boy: I'm rather hoping that Nosy Crow will produce a colouring book featuring large machinery to balance things out! You get 24 cards, plus envelopes and stickers for a cover price of £9.99 - that's less than 42p for a unique card and it's an absolute bargain compared to the prices which you can end up paying for a card from a shop and the chances are that someone else will send exactly the same one. As you pick your own colours no one else is going to send exactly the same card as you.
The book recommends that crayons or fine-tipped, water-based marker pens are used. I tried both and the card used is substantial enough that there was no bleed through to the reverse. Being substantial it means that the finished card stands up well. As a grandparent the cards which have meant most to me have been the ones which have been hand-made: isn't this the perfect way to please the recipient?
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy of the book to the Bookbag. I've got hours of fun ahead of me! We also seen the The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes - Christmas which takes care of all the cards you need to send over the year!
You can read more book reviews or buy The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Unicorns and Rainbows by Rebecca Jones at Amazon.co.uk
You can read more book reviews or buy The Colouring Book of Cards and Envelopes: Unicorns and Rainbows by Rebecca Jones at Amazon.com.
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