Artist- Fabiana Attanasio
Publisher – White Star
Part of an ongoing series of fairy tale colouring books, The Beauty And The Beast is one of nine titles (two to be released in October 2017), this book is designed to be part of a set. With a soft matte card cover and a red spine, these books look lovely together on a shelf!
The book is a good size at 25.7cm x 21.1 (10.1 inches x 8.3 inches) and 80 pages. The spine is both glue and string bound, providing great reinforcement. Some images do enter the spine, but the spine is quite pliable from first use and will loosen up with more use.
Images are double sided, but the paper is of moderate thickness. Waterbased markers shadow slightly, but I experienced no bleeding. Watercolour pencils will probably be ok with a small amount of water, although I haven’t tested this. Alcohol markers will bleed through onto the next images. I was able to achieve a good amount of layers with both oil and wax based pencils.
Included is an A2 sized poster in the back of the book – this is printed on similar paper to the book.
The artist, Fabiana Attanasio, had created a wonderful iteration of a classic story, using a whimsical style of illustration and mix of images, including one subject, many subjects, backgrounds, clusters of objects and scenes with varied elements.
There is an even distribution of double and single page images. There is around ten images that have a black background or large element of black which is a nice change of pace.
At the beginning of the book there is an abridged, five page version of the story of the Beauty And The Beast. Even this has been designed well with small elements to colour on the borders, such as a small gem.
Intricacy and line thickness are both consistent, and remain moderate throughout. There is a great variety of images that have large open spaces and others that are more detailed. None are what I would describe as very detailed.
Books that have a story theme are fantastic for those who suffer from pain or mental health issues. Any book that uses your imagination can be used to effectively distract or wind down from an anxious day, pain, or anything else.
There is a nice variety of people, natural elements, and other items. This book would be very suitable for those with low or fluctuating concentration levels, as you can choose to colour an entire page, or just one element, such as one character or some leaves if you are struggling to concentrate.
Line thickness is moderate to thin throughout, and should be suitable for those with vision impairments, however please do check the images or video flipthrough before deciding. Intricacy does vary throughout, but I think it would be suitable for anyone, as the artwork is adaptable to varying concentration levels.