Type – Paperback Book
No. of Pages – 80
Publisher – Little Tiger Press
Language – English
ISBN – 978-1848693289
Size – 5 x 0.6 x 25 cm
Release date – 8 Sept 2016
Price –UK £9.99
As a huge fan of Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights both I was looking forward to this one and a little apprehensive that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations of the classic novel. I studied it for A-Level and have read it numerous times, have visited the Yorkshire moors where it is set many times, and the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth where the famous writing siblings lived and died. I need not have worried – the book is stunning.
The size of the book is the same as the majority of colouring books Like those by Johanna Basford and Millie Marotta. The Front cover is a beautiful foiled gold with a black and white illustrative design which suggests a colouring book of exceptional quality – and it doesn’t disappoint. It has 80 double-sided illustrated pages on beautiful thick paper which is close to cardstock. The back cover is white with an illustration that is also found within the book that you can colour if you wish to do so. It features French flaps which fold out with a colourable ornate wallpaper design front and back.
The pages are both glued and sewn which means you can bend the cover as much as you like to colour into the gutter and the pages won’t fall out. The ink is crisp and fixed so doesn’t transfer to the other pages. This is a classic and classy book. The paper has a good tooth and takes pencils beautifully and you could use waterbased markers here with no worry about them bleeding through. It is a keepsake book, and my only disappointment is that it doesn’t have a lovely nameplate page which would have been in perfect keeping with the book, however that is my only niggle.
The book features quotes and short passages from the novel in beautiful script alongside exquisite crisp linework illustrations of scenes, the characters, flora and objects. The major events are all covered from the ghostly Catherine outside the window through to her death, and finally the death of Heathcliff himself; as well as beautifully ornamented pages. Some of the illustations are highly detailed but most due to the crisp clean lines of the artwork means the majority will not struggle to colour it. Its a wonderful book which I feel will inspire beginners and experienced colourists alike, although I feel it will appeal to the latter demographic more.
If you are a fan of the novel and like to colour this is a must have purchase for you collection, and even if you’re not this beautiful book may inspire you to read it. You won’t be disappointed with either. I highly recommend this one.
The Picture i chose to colour first was this beautiful one of Heathcliff and Cathy together. It is such a striking romantic image of the two lovers – their hair tousled by the winds of the moors and the tangle of thorns and leaves perfectly captures the essence of their tempestuous relationship. I used Prismacolour premier pencils which just glided and blended a treat on this paper. it was a joy to colour and I look forward to colouring more pictures in the future.
Wuthering Heights:A Colouring Classic will be available to purchase from 8 September 2016 from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Book Depository (with free worldwide shipping), Wordery and other major book sellers.
There are several other titles in the Little Tiger Press Colouring Classics series – Dracula which is out the same time, Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet which I also have flipthroughs for – just click the links. A Christmas Carol wil be released in October and I look forward to receiving that one too. These are a beautiful set of books and I really hope Little Tiger Press will create more based on classic novels.
I was kindly sent a copy by little Tiger Press in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts are my own true feelings and are not influenced by the fact that I was sent a free copy.