Type – Paperback Book
No. of Pages – 80
Publisher – Little Tiger Press
Language – English
ISBN – 978-1848693296
Size –25.1 x 1.4 x 25.1 cm
Release date – 8 Sept 2016
Price –UK £9.99
I first read Dracula by Bram Stoker on my first holiday abroad. I had started it before I went and couldn’t leave it at so I read it in the evenings on the balcony and in the daytime sunbathing by the pool. Not your usual holiday read for a holiday in the sun, yet I still became immersed in this dark novel. Now Dracula has been released as a colouring book with illustrations by Chellie Carroll in Little Tiger Press’s Colouring Classics series. Eerie but beautiful illustrations, gothic ornamentation are interspersed with quotes and short passages from the novel.
The book is approximately the same square size as most of the popular colouring books such as those by Millie Marotta and Johanna Basford. It has a striking black and white illustrated cover with red foiled highlights with french flaps front and backwhich has a colourable wallpaper type pattern on the reverse. It has 80 double -sided illustrated pages on beautiful thick paper which is close to cardstock. 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 with this beautiful high-quality book.
Those familiar with the novel (or movies) will recognise the illustrated scenes; the stagecoach trip to the castle, the count’s missing reflection in the mirror, the vampire women’s seduction of Johnathan Harker, Dracula in his coffin, Lucy’s transformation to vampire and her subsequent staking, Mina’s seduction, and the demise of the Count himself. There are creatures of the night, winding staircases,rosary beads and crosses, spider’s and strait-jackets and graveyards. Perfect colouring for getting you in the mood for Halloween this year. Some of the illustations are quite 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 your collection, and even if you’re not this beautiful book may inspire you to read it. You won’t be disappointed with either. If you’re bored of colouring fluffy bunny’s or pretty flowers and fancy something a little darker, then Dracula:A Colouring Classic may just be what you are looking for.
The first picture I decided to colour from the book is this fantastic illustration of Vampire Lucy being staked. It’s such a wonderful picture and I thoroughly enjoyed colouring it. I used Prismacolour premier pencils which just glided and blended a treat on this paper. Make sure though you have plenty of red and black pencils for colouring in this book. this is what is left of mine, lol.
There are several other titles in the Little Tiger Press Colouring Classics series – Wuthering Heights 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.