- No of Pages: 64 pages
- Type: paperback
- Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books
- Release Date: 7 Jan. 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 978-1782691174
- Size: 21.1 x 1 x 29.7 cm
- Price: £9.99
Children these days may be more familiar with a certain Disney movie about two sisters, one of whom has an icy personality; but before ‘Frozen’ was the original Hans Christian Anderson tale. The Snow Queen Colouring Book is different to many of the other colouring books on the market. It has the entire story of Han’s Christian Anderson’s story printed alongside the unusual and lovely illustrations so you can both read and colour at the same time. This makes it ideal for parent and child. The parent could colour the illustrations and read the story and the child watches as gradually the icy white pages come to life with colour, an older child might like to colour it themselves as the pictures are not overly detailed, or be given to a child as a gift once coloured.
The paper is a medium-weight but thick enough to use most water-based markers although you may find there is some shadowing on the reverse.It is smooth but with enough tooth to take pencil well. It is a crisp white and the line-work is crisp and clearly printed. The ink is crisp and fixed so doesn’t transfer to the other pages. 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, although with only a few double page spreads this is mostly not a problem.
The format is the text of the story printed on the left page with the right page having illustrations for you to colour. After a few pages like this it is followed by a double page spread of text followed by a few double page illustrations. Although quite simple the illustrations are quite lovely and unusual with a Scandinavian inspired style. There are snowflakes, flowers, trees, a castle, a bird, rabbits, a reindeer, fish to colour, all stylised and some more abstract than others. The illustrations are not overly detailed while still having some smaller details to make it interesting. This would appeal to a beginner, a competent child or just someone who prefers to colour a’simpler’ style of picture.
I decided to colour this lovely picture of Gerda amongst the roses. I found it quite a quick picture to colour but I am a fast colourist. I used Prismacolor Premier Pencils and a white Posca paint pen for highlights.
The Snow Queen Colouring Book with story by Hans Christian Anderson and illustrated by Helen Crawford-White is available to buy from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Book Depository, Wordery and other good book stores. Both Book depo and Wordery have free worldwide shipping.
I was kindly sent a copy from Pushkin press in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and comments are my own.