- Format: Paperback
- No of Pages: 96
- Publisher: Gibbs Smith
- Release Date: 21 April 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9781423646624
- Size: 24.9 x 1.3 x 24.9 cm
Fairy Tales by Emelie Lidehall Oberg was originally published in Sweden as Sagolikt, and once again publisher Gibbs Smith have faithfully recreated the original exactly as they have done with the books by Hanna Karlzon and Maria Trolle. Unlike those book however Fairy Tales is a paperback and the book is the same popular square format and size as many colouring books such as those by Johanna Basford. Although the artist may be less well-known than the others mentioned, her work is no less beautiful.
The pages are double-sided (no alcohol markers on this one) but the pages are luscious thick smooth and creamy coloured and are wonderful to colour on. There is also (like the other Swedish artist’s books) no “filler” and wallpaper type designs, instead it is packed full of colourable pages you will want to colour. The book is Paperback and is both glue and Stitch-bound. The pages lie very flat without too much coaxing as some of the designs do go right into the spine. The illustrations are all single page designs too, no double-page spreads in this book.
Fairy Tales has a paperback cover in cream with a lovely design of two deer in a glass dome surrounded by flowers. This is typical of the whimsical and beautiful designs inside. This is not a book of popular fairy tale pictures (Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, although there is an Alice in Wonderland illustration) like the name suggests but there is a fairy tale quality to them. Here you will find decorative bird houses, cute critters, a nautical mouse smoking a pipe, a little mouse sleeping with her strawberry, cute little houses, a gingerbread house, a family of moles who live in a teapot, teacups, cakes, flowers and other things. the designs are intricate enough to please serious colourists while also being simple enough to appeal to beginners and children. There’s a “Modern Vintage” style Shabby Chic feel to the drawings and anyone familiar with the style will love this book.
I love this book and I know you will too. I highly recommend this one. Here are the pictures I’ve coloured from the book. These are coloured in Faber-Castell Polychromos or Prismacolor Premier Pencils and the paper takes both of these beautifully.
I was kindly sent a copy from the publisher, however all thoughts and comments expressed are my own and not influenced by this fact.