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Tangle Bay
Enchanting Colouring Book with Hidden Treasure
Jessica Palmer

Search Press
9 February 2016/ ISBN 9781782214137
Non Fiction / Coloring

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


First there was Tangle Wood (also reviewed on this site) and now here is the sequel, Tangle Bay. Instead of bosky woods and sylvan wildlife here is all the fun of a traditional British seaside vacation.

This book matches its companion in shape and size, with a square shape and slightly shiny cover you can color in. Unlike the first one, the paper is a bright white and a little thicker, which makes it suitable for water based pens if you don’t press too hard or linger too long in one place. The paper surface is very smooth, which is great for pens, but not so good if you are looking for a tooth for using pencils. Gone is the unusual waxy slightly 3D look of the drawing in Tangle Wood, which was also gray and very detailed. This book has crisp black lines and a little less detail in some drawings. You do need good eyesight and coordination to color in the pictures, but all the lines are very visible. The content includes pages of undersea life with shells, dolphins, tropical fish and waving weed, plus fantasy subjects such as mermaids, galleons and treasure chests. There are lots of gulls and seaside scenes, such as beach huts, Punch and Judy, donkeys hilariously sitting in deckchairs, Brighton Pavilion and even the Owl and the Pussycat. Pictures vary from the type covering the whole page to frames to draw something of your own inside. At the front there is a ”this book belongs to“ page to write your name in. Some pictures do vanish into the spine, but on the back cover there is a message that you can bend and flatten the book as you require as it has a strong spine and, when tested this seems to work well; it is described as ”flexibound“. This is another book too with ”hidden treasure“ and at the front is a page showing all the items you can find if you look - a coloring book hidden object game! This is a beautiful and imaginative book that is sure to give colorists many happy hours.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016