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.
If you cannot find a good range of coloring books and materials
locally, try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.