Publisher – Pan MacMillan
Pages – 96
At 22.5cm x 28.7cm and a perfect 96 pages, this book is the same size as Pan Macmillans previous colouring book based on a classic story, Alice In Wonderland.
The cover is an impressive collection of lineart from the book, primarily in black and white. There are sections embellished with green and metallic gold, making this a striking volume.
The spine is lightly glue and string bound, which generally means extra reinforcement for the pages and cover. Unfortunately, while I was colouring the first page, the spine started to break and the page come out even with minimal movement. This is an issue that was common with the previous book, so it seems Pan Macmillan hasn’t changed their publishing procedures.
The paper has improved, it is much thicker than the previous outing and I had no bleeding with fineliners or waterbased markers, and only the slightest shadowing. The paper is very smooth, and doesn’t take pencils very well. I tried both wax and oil based and no matter how I coloured, I couldn’t blend very well. It is well suited to markers however, even being double sided, as the thickness and smooth paper takes markers very well!
Some images do enter the spine, but the spine is quite pliable with some use.
The premise of these books is to bring classic literature to life in a colouring book. In this aspect, The Jungle Book has achieved this marvellously.
Images of animals frolicking, repeating patterns of animals, colourable quotes from the original story accompanied by colourable scenes, and full page portraits of animals.
The style is consistent throughout, even while moving from full page, complicated scenes, to simple leaves over a black background.
There are a few odd images, for example a wolf howling at what appears to be a greyscale photograph of a moon, but there are only a handful of these. I’ve included one as a an example.
Most of the images are double page spreads, but there are occasional single images throughout. Images are all in portrait orientation.
The pages containing quotes from the story occur about every three double page spreads, meaning that it neither overtakes the book or takes away from its purpose.
Line thickness remains consistent at moderate thickness throughout. This suits the image style very well. Intricacy varies throughout, with some images being quite simple with large spaces, others being large images with many small spaces and everything in between.
This is a great way to take a journey into a classic story that many people loved as a child. The journey theme combined with nature makes it a great way to distract yourself from pain, anxiety, insomnia etc
The variety of intricacies makes it suitable for those who have fluctuating concentration levels, as no matter your ability to focus, something within these pages will suit it. Whether that is five minutes or five hours, you’ll find something!
The line thickness means that this book will most likely be suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but please do check the images before deciding!
Available from the Book Depository (with free international shipping) via this link or Amazon US via this link.
For more varied animal images to colour, read my review of Wild Savannah here.