Wednesday, 1 March 2017

100 Hugs from Chris Riddell

Subtitled - "a book to warm the hearts of those in need of a hug."

Firstly, this is NOT a specifically designed colouring book. It is a book of superb drawings by the current UK Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.
It is a book that I have chosen to colour and therefore I want to share with you just how special it is.

My colouring

Title:  100 Hugs

Artists: Chris Riddell

Here is my video flip through -

At a glance…..

Size - 110 x 165, 128 pages
Single-sided images - no
Images into the spine - no.
Paper - off white, not colouring paper
Perforated - no
Water based pens - no.
Who will love it - those who enjoy Chris Riddell's drawings, those who want to colour a book that makes them feel good and those who want to colour with pencils, gently.

Here is my review of another of Chris's books, The Sleeper and the Spindle - here.

You can find out more …

100 Hugs by Chris Riddell

Available at - Book Depository;

The title page coloured by Chris Riddell on Pan Macmillan's site

Tell me more …


There is a plethora of cutesy, cloying colouring books out there. Now, I'd like you to see one that has emotionally powerful drawings that will stay with you forever.
I've long been in awe of Chris's drawing talent and love his little periscopes on Twitter, and I've coloured a few of his drawings before. When Pan Macmillan released a couple of images from this new book, I knew I had to have it to colour. And I do intend to colour it right through!

Coloured by Elzelina Kriek-Breet


Just some of the best drawing you'll find out there. Evocative, emotional, charming and funny. Just take a look at the variety of hugs and hugging subjects in the flip through video above.

Paper and Layout:

As I said above, this is NOT designed for colouring. 
It is a pocket-sized hardback book and the loose jacket has beautiful gold foil on it. 
The paper is the same as you'd find in a paperback novel - thin but with a reasonable tooth to take gentle pencil colouring. You will get into problems with sustained blending, heavy pencil work and you'll need to be careful with erasing. When you lift a page up, you can see faintly the image on the next page. Please put a protective sheet behind the image you are colouring to prevent indentations going through.
If you want to colour an image in bright colours, you'd be wise to colour a copy of the image.
Otherwise it's gentle pencil colouring, which is soothing in itself. Chris gives you plenty of help with shading lines too.
The book doesn't lie flat or stay open so you'll need to have one hand on it. It may flatten more in time though.
Each section is prefaced with a famous quote which will give you something to think about as you colour.
Enjoy it, whether to colour or just to treasure or to give to a special friend.

Thanks for your colouring, Elzelina.

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