- Type: Paperback
- No. of Pages: 128
- Publisher: Search Press Ltd
- Release Date: 27 September 2016
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9780992792350
- size: 1.3 x 17.8 x 23.5 cm
Twisted Colouring by Leighton Noyes has the tagline “A Wonderfully Wicked Creative Colouring Book” which perfectly summarises this book. It is smaller than most colouring books at 23.5 x 17.8 cm which makes it a good size to fit in your handbag or for carrying on your travels. It has a black glossy cover with a white partially coloured skull, the design of which can be found inside the book. What the cover doesn’t do is prepare you for the sometimes gruesome but often hilarious illustrations inside.
On the title page inside you are presented by an egyptian mummy in his sarcophagus armed with colouring pencils and turn the page and the Grim Reaper is busy colouring. This gives you more of an indication of what the majority of the illustrations style is like; a combination of horror and humour. After the title and printing details pages, and colouring pages of another Skull design and a Werewolf in a photo booth; you reach the introduction which is a couple of pages of hints and tips on choosing your colours, choosing your media etc.
The book is broken into seven themed chapters, each with a brief written introduction and title of each of the illustrations in the chapter. The Chapters are: Skulls & Bones, Zombies and Vampires, Ghostly Apparitions, Awful Edibles, Freaky Tales, Spells and Potions and Death & Destruction.
The titles are equally as good as the humorous horror themed illustrations and as well thought out. In ‘Transoldvania’ you can colour Dracula’s house move complete with removal men loading the van with coffins, a possible new owner shaking hands with the Count himself, tiny gravestones in the front garden, numerous bats, and a sold sign that doubles as a stake through a heart. So many little details – and that is just one picture.
There is ‘Scare Extensions’ where Dracula, a Werewolf, Frankenstein and his Bride all visit the hair salon; ‘Rolling A-Head’ where a ghost uses his own head as a bowling ball, ‘Poltermice’ where the ghosts of numerous mice come back to haunt the cat who killed them; ‘Finger Food’ which shows a serial killers refrigerator and ‘Sandwitches’ which, you guessed it, shows some sand – witches having a picnic on the beach. And that’s just a few of the illustrations inside the book.
I love this book, it’s so much fun. If you have a bit of a dark sense of humour and love horror then this is one book you will love.
I decided to colour the ‘Voodoo Doll’s House’.I loved this picture and found it hilarious with the ironic twist that being stabbed with pins is the sole purpose of a voodoo doll, only this time its at the hands of a violent other doll while the human obviously created a safe and comfortable home for the doll. A few years ago I made and wore a Voodoo Doll outfit for myself for Halloween (I’m a big fan of Halloween) out of hessian sacking and it reminded me of this.
I was kindly sent a copy from the distributor. All thoughts and comments expressed in this review however are my own.