Artist- John Tenniel
Publisher – Pan MacMillan
This is one of quite a few Alice In Wonderland colouring books that have been released in the last six months. This is my second review, and my third will be coming shortly.
The book is A4, a nice size for working on at home, work or school. At 96 pages, it is a nice size, with a good weighty feel to it.
The cover is a heavy card, embellished with with mainly black and white illustrations, yellow/gold writing and touched of red. This is fitting with the style of book.
The spine is glue bound, which generally makes it quite resistant to wear and tear. I did have issues with part of the cover coming off the spine, but this was easily fixed. A timely reminder to be gentler perhaps?
The paper is decent quality, smooth and white. It isn’t ideal for pencils with its shiny texture, although pencils can be used with some success. I had no bleeding experienced with fineliners or markers, although I have a very light touch. Others have experienced bleeding with markers. As always, test in an inconspicuous spot before colouring!
This book has delightful images. Even if you have no desire to colour them, I would suggest getting this book purely for the illustrations and text.
Each double page spread contains a different scene from the original Alice in Wonderland story – Alice falling down the rabbit hole, the rose garden, a wall of clocks – with some also containing colourable text taken from the story.
The great part about this book is that the images are taken and adapted from the original John Tenniel images, drawn for the original publication. It feels like you’ve been dropped into Lewis Carrols world as you colour, through the pages of a much loved story book.
As these illustrations weren’t originally intended for colouring, there is some large areas of black crosshatching, to represent shading. I found his helpful, but I know others may not.
Overall, I found the images very pleasant to colour – these images, along with the story make this colouring book feel like an interactive story.
I’m a big fan of stories and books that transport the colourist. As one of the most beloved books, this version of Alice In Wonderland colouring has been very well adapted. It does a great job of transporting you into Wonderland, and allowing you to make it your own.
Line work remains consistent throughout the book, as does intricacy. Line thickness stays at medium thickness throughout the book, thinning a little for the text. Intricacy remains moderate – some images are much simpler, with a basic figure, some text and a few objects. Others are more intricate – an entire rose garden, complete with a patterned yard, a wall of clocks, a patterned croquet yard, complete with figures and the queen.
I found the variety of images – from more intricate to quite simple was very helpful, as well as the range of image type. If my concentration is low, I can choose a pattern on one page to colour. If I am needing to be distracted from pain, I can colour one of the more intricate double page spreads.
If you enjoy a story with your colouring, the historical aspect of some stories and a range of images to colour, you will enjoy this book!
If you love colouring Alice, have a look at my review of Escape To Wonderland.