- Type: Paperback
- No of Pages: 80
- Publisher: Little Tiger Press
- Release Date: 6 October 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781848695412
- Size: 25 x 1.1 x 25.5 cm
- Price: £9.99 UK
I eagerly awaited the release of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: A Colouring Classic illustrated by Vladimir Aleksic and Kate Ware as I am a huge fan of this beautiful series of exceptionally high quality books, and I wasn’t disappointed. Measuring the same size as the previous books in the popular size of 25.5 x 25.5cm A Christmas Carol sports a beautiful opulent and festive red foiled thick card cover with stunning black and white illustrations which suggests a colouring book of exceptional quality – and it doesn’t disappoint. On opening there are french flaps which have colourable illustrations on the front and on opening there is a colourable vintage wallpaper design on the inside covers. There is then a gorgeous illustrated title page which is equally as good as any of the ‘colouring pages’, then the publishing details page and a quote about the tale by Charles Dickens himself both of which also have small colouring illustrations.
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.
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 starting with a double-page of Marley’s coffin being carried by horse and carriage through an empty nighttime street, Scrooge counting his money while a cold Bob Cratchett tries to work, Marley’s ghost, the visitations of all three ghosts, dinner at the Cratchett’s house and of course Scrooge’s redemption and Tiny Tim wishing ‘God bless us every one’.
There are also beautiful pages suggestive of Victorian Christmas traditions we still have today; from lavishly filled shop windows, spreads of festive food (they made me hungry just looking at them), Snow laden rooftops, stockings full of nuts and fruitgs and decorative items such as ornate clocks, pocket watches and more. Most of the illustations are detailed but not overly so and 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 and appeal to both beginners and experienced colourists alike.
If you are a fan of the famous Christmas tale and like to colour this is a must have purchase for your collection. I highly recommend this one and I do hope there will be more literary themed books to come in this series.
I chose to colour this lovely picture of Scrooge stood on a pocket watch and surrounded by snowflakes in Prismacolor Premier Pencils which blended together wonderfully on the gorgeous paper. I coloured the snowflakes with white Posca paint pen and added touches of glitter (which unfortunately don’t show up on the photo) with Wink of Stella pen.
Also by Little Tiger Press in the Colouring Classics series