Monday, 19 September 2016

"Those who don't believe in magic, will never find it." - Dahl

This colouring book was released to mark the centenary of Roald Dahl's birth in Wales, 13th September 1916.
We are fortunate that the publishers have put together a colouring book as part of the celebrations. These images are not those wonderfully familiar drawings of the famous Dahl illustrators - Tony Ross and Quentin Blake. The drawings in this book have been specifically created for colouring by two other artists, Leo Brown and Lee Teng.

My colouring - from The Magic Finger

Title:  Roald Dahl's Marvellous Colouring-book Adventure
Artists:  Leo Brown and Lee Teng

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 248 x 249, 96 pages
Single-sided images - yes
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 Roald Dahl,, those who like colouring books derived from fiction, and those who like colouring fantasy and humour. Great book to share with children too.

You can find out more …

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Colouring-book Adventure

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon UK;  Amazon US 

Tell me more …


For most children growing up in the last 40 years, the truly fantastic stories of Roald Dahl will be etched in their minds. What terrific, irreverent fun they are! Colouring this book is going to bring back all of those memories. If you choose to share colouring these images with a child, then I'm sure you can progress to sharing the actual books with them too.


There are drawings from so many of Dahl's book here - the Charlie books, Danny, Enormous Crocodile, The BFG, Esio Trot, Fantastic Mr Fox, George, Giraffe, Pelly and Me, James & Giant Peach, Magic Finger, Matilda, Twits, Witches and Revolting Rhymes. In alphabetical order too! Often there are three images for each book. 
The drawings are match to quotes from the books so that results in a huge variety. It's not just all sweets! Take a look at the video flip through up above to see the range 
The line length is fine to medium and while there is a lot of colouring in some images, the details are such fun and not overwhelming. A few of the images have considerable black backgrounds which is great.
All images are on single-sided pages.

Layout and Paper:

This is quite a big book with beautiful gold foil accents on the front cover.
There is a note on the back cover that says that 10% of income goes to help the charity partners of Roald A nice touch.
There is a name plate page with some lollies to colour and then the book proceeds through Dahl's major titles. On the reverse of each image is a mini version of the drawing, along with the name of the book and quote that the image represents.
The paper is slightly off white and smooth, and medium quality. As the images are on single-sided pages, your pens should be okay to use as long as you put a protective sheet of paper behind the image you're colouring. There are a couple of spots around the first titles and information pages where you may be able to test your pens.
The spine is glue, and possibly string, bound. While many images run into the spine, it should become easier to get into the spine with use.
Kapow! Enjoy!

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Reviews and Posts from last week

We're Off to See the Wizard"  - review, purchase links & flip through video - here.

Buena Vista  - Review, purchase links & flip through video - here.

* This book was purchased by me.

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