Artist – Adam Fisher
Publisher – Pegasus Books
Pages – 204
There are a lot of fairy tale themed books being released lately, and this is one that I think is quite different to what’s out there.
It’s smaller than most books, at 20cm x 20cm and at 204 pages, is pretty hefty. The cover is a thin, matte card with a half coloured image in a limited palette.
The spine is glue bound, but lightly, and lies reasonably flat after some use. The images do not enter the spine, because each image has a border around it preventing losing any image.
Images are also single sided, allowing for the use of most mediums. I experienced a little shadowing with fineliners and waterbased markers, but no bleeding. Alcohol markers will bleed, so make sure you’ve got a piece of card or a few pieces of paper behind the image to prevent bleeding through.
Pages are also perforated to allow for easy removal.
When the title says Brothers Grimm, it means it. These aren’t the sparkly, watered down Disney versions of fairy tales – but nor are they gory and gruesome. There are representations of many Grimm stories in these images, along with a few others – I actually remembered a long forgotten childhood favourite (The Musicians of Bremen) while looking through!
The images are very varied throughout the book – the first few pages contain images from Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, The Musicians of Bremen and Cinderella for example.
Images vary, from a view of a house, to a fairy, to Granny Wolf in a bed, to the vine in Jack and the Beanstalk, to the ugly stepsisters in Cinderella.
Each image is captioned with a quote from the tale and crediting the story.
The art style is consistent throughout, each image is done in the same style, allowing for a great feeling of consistency within a very varied theme.
Line thickness varies a little, but is mainly quite thin throughout. Intricacy also varies, with most images having equal amounts of small and large areas. Some do contain more detailed areas and some more simple however.
I love this book, particularly for when I am feeling anxious. The combination of the fantasy/story telling theme and the intricacy of the images is a great way to get lost in something and distract yourself.
The size of the images is great for those with fluctuating concentration levels, as it won’t take long to finish an image, or part of an image. The moderate intricacy is great for those with fluctuating concentration as well, as there will always be an image suitable for your mood/ability to concentrate.
The intricacy means it will probably suitable for those with vision or fine motor impairments, but please check the images before making up your mind!
I hope you enjoyed this review!
For more colouring books that tell a story, read my review of Escape To Wonderland via this link.