- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Laurence King; 01 edition (16 Oct. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786271303
- ISBN-13: 978-1786271303
- Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 1.6 x 25.1 cm
All About the Dog is a colouring book made for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and royalties from the sale of this book will go towards supporting their work. The illustrations themselves are by Martin Berry. The book contains illustrations of over 35 different breeds of dogs.
It is a square shaped book which is the same height but a centimetre less in width than many of the popular books this genre. The paper is gorgeous, thick and lucious with a smooth surfaced, but with enough tooth to take pencils well. The pages are a light cream. The binding is both stitch and glue bound and the book is beautifully made. The ink is crisp and black and the line-work is clear and of a medium thickness, so this is a good one if you have eyesight problems, without the lines being too heavy . The cover features a simple coloured illustration with no added background on a cream card. I’m not sure which breed of dog it is and I think it is likely a mongrel. The title is in black outline capital letters. If I’m honest the cover looked like a generic dog colouring book and it didn’t really appeal to me. Although the dog is rather sweet looking it really didn’t (in my humble opinion) give an indication of the beauty and quality of the illustrations inside.
This illustration is available to colour on the very first page on the back of which is some information about Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. After the simple title page there is a double page timeline of Battersea with thumbnails of each of the various dog breeds in the book. At the back of the book after the publishing details page there follows a four page pullout colourable gallery of some of the named dogs in their care most of which are mixed breed Mongrels.
Pencils work wonderfully well and Water-based markers should be fine. Those I checked (Staedtler fineliners and cheap felt tip pens) didn’t bleed through or shadow, but do check as this may vary depending on how juicy they are so best to test them out first. The illustrations are on one side with the back of the previous page just saying a few lines about the particular dog breed in the picture. This will be a good one for this reason for those who love alcohol markers (just dont forget to protect the following page with spare paper just in case it bleeds through). The pages aren’t however perforated so if you wish to take them out of the book you will have to do so carefully with scissors or a knife. Each illustration however is (with a couple of exceptions) within its own individual frame which is slightly larger on the left to set it away from the spine.
The illustrations are the best illustrations of dogs in a colouring book I have seen. Although I am more of a cat person, I really want to colour these lovely illustrations. Some of the illustrations are just of the dogs themselves, other’s have them in a scene or against a background. The Yorkshire Terrier runs down a path towards you with a toy bone in his mouth wanting to play, the Rottweiler is being watched by a trio of sheep, the Pug is sat in an armchair wearing a neck cone and the Border Collie is in the field herding sheep. Other’s have backgrounds of their country of origin for example the Dobermann is shown with the beautiful German castle behind him and the French Bulldogs are eyeing up the croissant on the cafe table with the Eiffel Tower behind. Some of the images reflect the fun nature of the particular breed. The Pomeranian is in the laundry room smiling out from under the washing, the Dachshund is in the Butcher’s shop trying to get the meat and the Corgi’s are (where else!) in front of the Palace. The dog breeds range from small Chihuahuas to huge St Bernards and Great Danes. There are pampered pooches through to working dogs and everything in between.
If you are a Dog Lover and a colourist this beautiful book is a must have, and even for Cat lovers like me (please publish a Cat book just like this too!) the illustrations are so charming it holds a wider appeal than just Canine fans. This book is highly recommended.
Chihuahuas coloured in Prismacolour Premier Pencils.
I was kindly sent a copy from the Publisher, however all thoughts and comments expressed are my own honest opinion.