- Format: Board book
- No. of Pages: 24 pages
- Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
- Release Date: 1 Sept. 2016
- ISBN: 978-0857637673
- Product size: 17.5 x 1.5 x 21.5 cm
Press Out and Colour Birds by Zoe Ingram is a beautiful unusual book. The book is protected by a hard-backed red cover with an illustration of 3 hanging birds. It also has silver foiling which hints at the designs inside. On the inside back and front covers there are diagrams of all 10 of the birds which you can make using this book (5 illustrated on each).
The pages are thick board and are spiral-bound and each page has the three or four pieces to make up each bird pre-cut ready for you to easily push out. The book is well-made so as long as you push the pieces out carefully there should be no tearing or damage done to any of the pieces, but take your time. There are a total of ten birds to colour – A Dove, Blue Tit, Cardinal, Cockatoo, Goldfinch, Hummingbird, Owl, Peacock, Robin and Swallow. Each piece of the birds have a white background to colour with decorative lines in beautiful silver foil, meaning these will look beautiful coloured or uncoloured. Each page has the title of which bird it is; which together with the diagrams on the inside cover, will enable you to take apart your birds to store for the future. This is ideal if you intend to use them to decorate your Christmas tree as they will be well-protected and should then last for years.
I decided to colour the Robin in Luna Jayne Glitter Gel pens. One thing I was worried about was that pen would colour the silver foil so that it wouldn’t be as effective as if they were just black lines. This however wasn’t the case as it seemed to resist the colour very well. The gel pens went on smoothly and covered well so i have no hesitation in recommending the use of water-based markers, gel pens, paints and coloured pencils as mediums to colour the birds in. There was just enough detail to colour to keep me interested and they took longer to color than I expected them to. The pieces pushed out and slotted together easily. They also come with a little hole ready for you to just poke out and hang with thread so you don’t have to worry that you have made the hole in the wrong place.
You could even embellish them further by gluing feathers or gems to them, however these are decorative enough that they really don’t need adding to, but if you decide to make more by tracing the shapes onto card you could easily do so.
This is a great activity to do with the children. It is also simple enough for them to do themselves but they are also well-made enough that they will appeal to adults to colour themselves. I highly recommend this book, its a lot of fun.
I was sent a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions however are my own.
I loved the concept even more than I thought I would. The birds are well-designed and made and I intend to colour the rest to hang on my Christmas tree this year. They would also make a super mobile, or just to hang from the ceiling in a child’s room or even your own.