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Off The Bookshelf Coloring Book
Samarra Khaja

C & T Publishing (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
27 November 2015 / ISBN 9781617452789
Non Fiction / Coloring / Craft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


I've seen a lot of coloring books, but I think this one has to be the most original and unusual one I've encountered. Instead of swirling florals or intricately patterned animals, this one is filled with an eclectic selection of the strange and unconventional. As it says on the reverse, the drawings suggest stories and get the imagination flowing in the way that most other current coloring offerings just don't. There are more than 45 pages in here filled with dancing jerboas, maps of cities such as New York, hammerhead sharks with hammers for heads, an owl that looks like a man's head with a beard, bookshelves, townscapes, chemical apparatus, robots, shells, snow globes and many more. Pictures are roughly grouped into themes such as maps, books, technical, animals, etc., but none are entirely conventional, a refreshing change! Each page has a perforated edge so you can detach it, a useful option as I can imagine these pictures making great conversation pieces if displayed on the wall. The drawings are printed on bright white heavyweight paper and are one sided so you can use whatever coloring medium you like, although putting a sheet of paper behind if you are using pens or paints is essential. Lines are crisp and vary from very thin to very thick and areas to color range from large to intricate so you can choose depending on how you feel and what you are using. Inside the back cover is a page about color theory showing color wheels, combinations, etc., which is helpful. Overall if you are looking for a quality coloring book that dares to be different, I can't think of a better choice. Top marks for sheer imagination!

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