Friday, 16 September 2016

Buena Vista!

Lizzie Cullen is amazing! How does she find the time to create so many beautiful colouring books in such a short period? And she travels the world, too, to source ideas. 
Three new books this year, all with different themes, is quite an achievement. 
This is the second book in this series that focusses on specific countries. 
As with Bon Voyage, Lizzie illustrates proverbs to capture the culture and character of Spain.

My colouring -
En el pais de los ciegos, el tuerto es el rey -
In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Title:  Buena Vista
Artist:  Lizzie Mary Cullen

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 250 x 250, 96 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - yes
Paper - good
Perforated - no 
Water based pens - yes but test first.
Who will love it - those who enjoy the books of Lizzie Cullen, those who love Spain, and the language, and those who enjoy proverbs.

You can find out more …

Buena vista

You can buy it at - Book Depository;

I have also reviewed in this series -

Bon voyage!
Review, purchase links and flip through video are here.

In the Magical series - 

The Magical Christmas
Review, purchase links & flip through video is here.

The Magical Journey
Review, purchase links & flip through video is here.

Tell me more …


I love the colour and fun of things Spanish. I wasn't sure how this could be captured in a colouring book but Lizzie's book has exceeded my expectations on that score. The drawings beg for bright, flowing colours. There are more than her signature, fisheye lens style drawings too. I loved colouring the dancer up above. You'll find familiar architecture as well as traditional costume, patterns and imagery. 


There are a few double page spreads and full page images but mostly the drawings are contained within shapes. Each drawing is based on a Spanish proverb and there is a hidden element within each image. The drawings have plenty of energy and flow, and there are many that I'd like to colour.
Now a slight criticism - the line work in some images is streaky, patchy and not solid lines. Giving the publisher the benefit of the doubt, this may be to enhance the hand-drawn feeling. But it is a shame and a bit annoying when you have to go over the odd line to get a distinct outline. 
Line width varies from fine to medium. Curiously, in several instances, the publisher has placed a finely lined drawing on the left page with a much blacker, medium lined, and busier, drawing on the right page. This doesn't make either image look right and could have easily been avoided.

Layout and Paper:

This book is slightly bigger than Bon Voyage (thanks Heidi for that) so they don't fit together as a set as well as they could have. Many colourers like to collect a set of books so it becomes important to them to have each book the same physical size.
The book has a great cover, already enticing you into using bright colours. There is an introduction explaining the features of the book. Each page has, in text or incorporated into the drawing, the proverb in Spanish. Each page is also numbered which becomes important when you get to the back of the book. 
Here we find two appendices. Firstly, a list by page number of the proverbs in Spanish, with a literal translation, and the English equivalent. Secondly, there is a mini version of each image, with page number again, showing you where the hidden elements can be found.

Coming up next year, in this same series, is one about Britain and one about China.


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Reviews and Posts from last week


Tea is Liquid Wisdom" - review is here.

30 Enticing Birds in Circles - review is here.

* This book was sent to me by the publisher for an honest appraisal. Thanks.

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