Thursday, 27 October 2016

12 Must See New Books for November

So, here are the books being published in November that have caught my eye, with purchase links. Not such a long list this time as most Christmas gift books and stationery have already been published. There are also a couple of books that I missed recently.
The release dates are based on Book Depository, so Amazon release dates may vary.
Let me know if there's a book here that you'd like me to review.






You can see October New Books here.

You can see August New Books here.

You can see July New Books here.

You can see June New Books here.

You can see May New Books here.







Colouring Books


Alison Lester's Wonderful World
"Her affectionate illustrations of birds, animals, plants and people celebrate the wonderful world around us."

You can buy it at - Book Depository;






The Dr Seuss Colouring Book
"Images from the work of Dr. Seuss for all ages to colour."  

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon UK; not showing on Amazon US yet but Book Depository ships free worldwide.







The Golden Ratio Colluring Book
"Everyone talks vaguely about the 'patterns' to be found in mathematics, but in this colouring book you will find them in all their inspirational glory."

You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon UK;  not showing on Amazon US yet but Book Depository ships free worldwide.





The Flower Fairies Colouring book by Cicely Mary Barker
"With 45 stunning illustrations to colour, this enchanting colouring book is the perfect gift for any Flower Fairies fan."

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






Scratch Off Nightscapes: Landmarks. "Cities" is also available.
"Take the meditative calm of colouring a step further when you bring world-famous landmarks to light with intricate, one-of-a-kind designs."

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






Escapes Fashion Art Colouring Book by Marty Noble
" Images include complete outfits, models in the latest styles, and patterns that combine all manner of accessories, including hats, belts, shoes, handbags, and jewellery."

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


Vertical Worlds
"Vertical City, where shops perch above parking lots that sit upon skyscrapers. Other realms include the Carnival, the Tree House, the Train Station, the Bazaar, and the Music Festival."

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


New Guide to Coloring
"Inside this friendly guidebook you'll find plenty of easy-to-follow advice from best-selling colouring book artists."

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






Colour Your Own Historical Maps
"Explore the cartographic treasures of the British Library's extensive map archive, and add your own colour."
You can see my review of Colour Your Own Medieval Alphabet - here. You can buy it at - Book Depository;



Journals, Notebooks, Notecards



National Trust: Year of Celebrations notecards.
"The 24 gorgeous designs include birthdays, New Year, Valentine's Day, Easter, and Christmas, and are perfect for all ages to decorate and send to family and friends."

You can buy it at - Book Depository;







Enchanted Forest Journal by Johanna Basford.
"It features gilt edging, a ribbon marker, and includes more than 70 small images from Enchanted Forest for you to colour in."

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





The Pocket Moomin Colouring book
"The Pocket Moomin Colouring Book features original artwork from the coveted archive of Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomins."
You can read jy review of the original Moomin colouring book - here. You can buy it at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK






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Reviews and Posts from last week



Meet Beth - Colourer of the Month - you can read it - here.






Johanna's Christmas - see the video flip through - here.
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Monday, 24 October 2016

Glorious Illuminated Letters - a Medieval Alphabet

I remember being captivated by the illuminated letters of various Book of Hours illustrations from the Middle Ages. Such incredible detail in vibrant colours and gold leaf. Do Google it and be amazed.
So I was immediately interested in this new alphabet colouring book based on the illuminated manuscripts held in the British Library.





My colouring. 1475-1525.




Title:  Colour Your Own medieval Alphabet
Artists:  adapted for colouring by Kuo Kang Chen for the British Library

Here is my video flip through -




At a glance…..



Size - 204 x 292, 56 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no

Paper - white, good, card stock
Perforated - easily removable 
Water based pens - yes but test first.

Who will love it - those who like fonts and alphabets and those who have enjoy colouring historical images. 

You can find out more …


Colour Your Own Medieval Alphabet

You can buy it at - Book Depository;






Colour Your Own Historical Maps - coming next month.

You can buy it at - Book Depository;





Tell me more …

Comment:

Kuo Kang Chen has taken 26 beautiful Medieval letters of the alphabet and turned them into a colouring book to enjoy. If you're into fonts and typography, you might like to take a look at this book.  As the pages are easily detachable, you could colour a letter and frame it as a gift to someone special, associated with that letter.

Drawing:

Kuo has simplified the designs so that we're not expected to replicate the astounding artistic abilities of Medieval monks! Most of the letters are in portrait format with a few in landscape. Some, too, are more detailed than others so you may need that magnifying glass on hand. 


Layout and Paper:

The attractive front cover has A, B and C partially coloured with gold accents and title.
Inside the front and back covers are the original illuminated letters that these drawings are taken from. I would have liked these to be a bit larger but you might find the originals on google. There is an introduction explaining illumination and the related holdings of the British Library.
Then each page works through the alphabet. All images are on single- sided pages that should be easily removable from the gum binding. After the final image is a thick cardboard page for you to work against. Below each image is a description of what book the image is from, including dates.
The paper is white card stock and should take water based pens, but you can test on a non colouring page.
Enjoy.



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Reviews and Posts from last week


Meet Beth - Colourer of the Month - you can read it - here.







Johanna's Christmas - see the video flip through - here.












On My Bookshelf…. you can read the article - here.











* This book was purchased by me.


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