Old and New Book Review: coloring books

By GraceAnne Hoss

Coloring book #1

Tolkien’s World: A Fantasy Coloring Book

Artists: Victor Ambrus,

John Davis, Mauro Mazzara, Ian Miller, and Andrea Piparo.

Photo by GraceAnne Hoss

J.R.R. Tolkien’s adventures entailing a lost ring and hobbits comes to life through the pages of a coloring book. Adult sized drawings with plenty of details ensure the need for patience as one colors Tolkien’s World: A Fantasy Coloring Book.

Visit the Black and white depiction of middle earth, the Misty Mountains, and even the Golden Wood. Also featured is the outlined faces of Smaug, Gandalf the Grey, and Gandalf the White.

While it may seem relaxing, be sure to keep your cool when all those little specks of white are not colored in. A great tip to add extra pizazz is to use gel pens that aren’t quite dry by the time you turn the page. Crayons are also an amazing use of colored wax that are sure to never be the right size to fit between the lines. While there can be many varieties on the color yellow, it is still a challenge just finding one close enough to the gorgeous hair of Legolas.

Make sure to set aside plenty of time and space to complete a page of this book. It may take more than one crack at it, and the book may have to be put down once in a while. At the end of the year, a page is eventually completed and can easily be torn out to adorn the prized spot on the fridge.

With these 96 pages of black and white depictions of someone’s imagination, one scene is bound to look similar to an individual’s idea as to just how the movies should have shown it. This book is clearly an adventure just waiting to happen, and is a source of great entertainment for months on end.


Coloring book #2

Edgar Allan Poe: an adult coloring book

By: Odessa Begay

A collection of poems brought to reality through the amazing art of a coloring book, Odessa Begay’s artistry is truly a masterpiece. This book has a niche market, but it is perfect for anyone who has lost all of their pencils but the color red.

From depicting the black sheen of a raven’s feathers, to the long hall that beckoned the mask of the red death, this book is perfect for red pencils, crayons, pens, even oil pastels. Not just any red would do to really show the gore and blood associated with Edgar Allen Poe.

This is the chance to be right there in the poems as Poe describes the mysterious black cat’s hanging. Each black and white page begs to be colored, daring the artist to capture the meaning of Poe’s works. Explore, in detail,  the floorboards of the “Tell-Tale Heart” and the extraordinary spectacle of “the Murders in the Rue Morgue”

From Poe’s love of Elenora to his curiosity of the Oblong box, the artist armed with pencils can truly experience every emotion, including lack of patience.

Every nook and cranny must be colored to satisfy the emptiness of these black and white pages. Even the eeriness of some of his darker poems are sure to be captured and preserved in vivid color to be displayed on the fridge.

Imagine, if the words of Edgar Allan Poe could keep a reader up for nights, how might the colorization of those words emplore lack of sleep? Looking for the perfect coloring book that will keep the artist up for hours? Edgar Allan Poe: An adult coloring book, is perfect for artists of all ages to color the fine lines between sanity and death.

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