Art, in all it’s forms, is an obsession for my daughters these days. They would literally colour, cut, paste and glitter glue for hours if I let them; some days I do, some days they get kicked outside to enjoy some fresh air! All of this art has lead me to have strong opinions on what makes a colouring book a winner: it needs to have thick pages (so markers don’t bleed through), large shapes that are easy for young artists to colour (too much detail is frustrating when you’re using crayons) and my personal preference is something that encourages creativity since my oldest is quite convinced that everything has to be coloured ‘right’ (i.e. the way it looks on the cover, or in the cartoon, etc).
The cover of A Wonderful World of Animals Doodle Art Book by Victor Escandell says “Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you: 120 pictures to mess up, colour in, learn from, fiddle with, chew up, and pull out…” The only rule is there are no rules! I loved telling my oldest that and seeing how she chose to interpret the pictures. Some have suggestions, like adding hair or stripes on an animal, but there is always lots of space on every page to add your own personal touch to the picture. The pages are thick and lay flat, and they are designed to be pulled out and shared by the artist when they are done.
Here is Ashlyn, barely finished her breakfast and already creating a new masterpiece: According to the book, this is Susie the ballerina bear, but Ashlyn decided that she was really a hamster and that’s just fine with me!
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