- Format: Board book
- Number of Pages: 24
- Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
- Release Date: 5 October 2017
- ISBN: 9781788002172
- Size: 17.5 x 1.7 x 21.5 cm
Press Out and Decorate Unicorns is a board book which is protected by a very hard-backed blue cover with an illustration of a unicorn, a banner and rainbows. It is further embellished with pink foiling which hints at the lovely printing and designs inside.
The pages are thick board and are spiral-bound. The decorations range in size. All the pieces are pre-cut ready for you to easily push out. Some of the ornaments have two pieces each which slot easily together to make a 3-Dimentional decoration, others are just one piece. There are pre-made holes too to enable you to thread and hang them and each piece is made from sturdy board and the design is printed on both sides in lovely pink foil.
The inside cover has ideas for displaying your decorations by stringing them together to make a banner or garland, to create a mobile or you could string each individually to decorate a tree or to hang anywhere you fancy.
The book is extremely 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. There are a total of 20 decorations to colour, with designs including unicorns and wings for them which slots together to create a 3D ornament. There is also stars, hearts, clouds and rainbows. Each piece have a white background to colour with decorative lines embossed in beautiful fuschia pink foil, meaning these will look beautiful coloured or uncoloured. The Pieces easily slot together and slide apart again and slot back into the book (complete with thread as I found) to store them for future use and as they will be well-protected they should then last you for years.
I decided to colour one of the unicorns. I used cheap felt tip pens . The foil resists the colour very well so you do not need to be conceerned about colouring over the lines. The pens went on smoothly and covered well so I have no hesitation in recommending the use of water-based markers, gel pens, watercolour paints and coloured pencils as mediums to colour them in. There are no instructions other than the pictures on the inside covers, but they are so easy and obvious to put together they’re not needed and the pieces just push out and slot together easily.
You could even embellish them further by adding glitter, pearls or gems to them. These are decorative enough though that they really don’t need adding to. If you decide to make more by tracing the shapes onto card you could easily do this.
This is a great activity to do together with the children, and as they are simple enough many children would be able to make themselves (but they are also well-made enough that they will appeal to adults to colour just for themselves and it is perfectly timed as Unicorns are very in fashion at the moment. I actually have a duvet set of kitty-corns which are cat/unicorns on my bed so this will look lovely in my bedroom – if I can keep my nieces from claiming it. I love these unusual and unique books and I think this is my favourite so far. Now I just need Nosy Crow and Kate McLelland to bring out a Mermaid themed one for my bathroom theme! I highly recommend this book, its a lot of fun.
I was kindly sent a copy by the publisher, however all comments and opinions are my own and are not influenced by this fact.
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