- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers; Clr Csm edition (October 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1524713198
- ISBN-13: 978-1524713195
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Christmas Carol: A Coloring Classic Paperback – October 18, 2016
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The story hits all of the points that I look for in the tale and the drawings provide a great series of illustrations which match with and enhance the story. While it does not replace the novel, it is a fairly good stand-along story book. I still recommend keeping a copy of the full novel close by as it is such a wonderful tale to revisit during the holidays especially.
The illustrations are well done and are by two artists (Vladimir Aleksic and Kate Ware) but is done so well that the transition between the two is fairly seamless. I would be hard pressed to guess which art was done by which artist. The designs are detailed and some include intricate and small areas to color. Overall, the designs have a flowing and rather elegant look to them.
The cover is in black print on white (with elements you can color) with extensive red foil highlights on the front. Both covers fold out and there are some elements on the flaps that can be colored. The inside of the covers also include some pretty patterns that can be colored as well.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing my coloring medium of the paper.
80 Storybook designs pages (including title, intro pages and two pages of Victorian Christmas trivia)
Designs are printed on both sides of the page
Paper is heavyweight, white, slightly smooth, and non-perforated.
Sewn Binding which makes it easy to remove several pages at a time by snipping a few threads.
Designs merge into the binding area.
Some designs spread across two pages with essential elements merging into the binding area.
My copy of the book lined up extremely well on the two page designs.
I could get the book to lay fairly flat by breaking (or creasing) the spine.
Alcohol-based markers slightly bleed through this paper. If you use this medium, you will mar the designs on the back of the page.
Water based markers (except for brush end Tombows) left the slightest indistinct shadow on the back of the page. Tombows did not leave a shadow.
Gel pens and India ink pens did not bleed through this paper.
Colored pencils did well with this paper. I was able to color with light or heavy pigment, layer and blend using both my various wax and oil based pencils. I use a pencil style stick blender for my tests. Hard lead pencils did well and did not dent/score through to the back of the page.