Since when did adult colouring books become a thing?
Well, for me, there are two reasons why I love colouring books:
- I still don’t consider myself as a real ‘adult’ (denial?!)
- I’ve always been arty and constantly doodle on every small scrap of paper available
So when Michael O’Mara Books sent me two new colouring books to review, I was one happy doodler!
At first I wasn’t entirely sure if this blog was the right platform to review colouring books, as I normally stick to novels. But then I realised that I am a book lover, and this is a book blog, and that there are hundreds and thousands of books outside the scope of novels.
Regardless of whether they contain words or pictures, books of all kinds can bring joy and peace and entertainment.
So, on with the review.
Doodle a Poodle and Colour a Cat, both by Hannah Rollings, are two brilliant examples of how creative and entertaining books without words can be. They are different from the vast majority of colouring books that are currently popular on the market, in the sense that they encourage you to be more creative with your drawings – indeed there are some pages that are pretty much blank left for your own doodles and drawings.
This is not just a colouring book. It’s an inspiration book which invites you to colour, doodle and draw thirty cute canines – Doodle a Poodle
Each book provides an explanation of different techniques and mediums which you can use, taking a casual and ‘expressive’ approach in it’s art style (which is great if you’re not that much of an artist, as it really takes the pressure off!).
Each page is dedicated to a different breed of cat or dog, with funny caricature-esq illustrations for inspiration and guidance. In fact, some of these illustrations are so cute, that I’m seriously considering ripping out the pages (I know, I know!) and framing them for display on my wall.
Some pages offer ‘traditional outlines’ for you to colour-in; others offer plenty of white space allowing you to release your inner-artist.
This could perhaps be daunting to some – there is nothing worse than attempting to draw something and failing, epically. However, I think the overall style and approach of these books cancels out that effect.
Another thing to mention, is the pages are thicker than normal colouring books. This enables you to use watercolours and paints should you want to, without the pages going all wrinkly (because everyone hates that).
For me, these are the perfect coffee-table books, which I use for doodling during my favourite TV shows and lengthy telephone calls (I’m something of a fidget and can’t sit still).
Whether for yourself, or your children, these books make the perfect gift for animal lovers and creatives of all ages.