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Color the Classics: The Snow Queen: A Frozen Fantasy Coloring Book Paperback – August 9, 2016
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Jae-Eun Lee is a Korean illustrator whose beautiful artwork and creative reimagining of classic literature is seen in a number of literature-based coloring books, including Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Snow Queen, and Anne of Green Gables.
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I had some issues with the very first book in the series (“Anne of Green Gables”.) I felt that it had too many story pages as opposed to coloring pages but each book since then has had a much better mix. This book has the best mix by far.
I also like the way the artist has included parts of the story into the coloring pages rather than taking up a page by itself. While I prefer the design pages, the story pages have very elaborate designs to color as well.
In “The Snow Queen”, the mix is 17 story pages and 53 design pages for a total of 70 actual storybook pages. There are also four pages of thumbnails of the images and five other pages (preface, forward, and title pages and a page following the end of the story and thumbnails) which have designs that you can color.
The designs are in the same beautiful and elegant style that I have come to expect from this artist. The lines are flowing and the designs are detailed. They are not overly intricate or difficult to color.
The story portion of the coloring book gives a brief synopsis of the story but it would be best to have a story book to read along with as you color the pictures.
This is what I found as I colored in this book and tested my coloring medium on the paper. I will list, in the comments section below, the coloring medium I used for testing and which I use for most of my coloring projects.
70 pages of Designs and Story Book Illustrations plus extra pages that can be colored as well
Printed on both sides of page
Pages are heavyweight, slightly smooth and non-perforated
Some Designs merge into the binding
Some Designs spread across two pages
Alcohol-based markers bleed through the page. If you use this medium, you will ruin the design on the back of the page.
Water-based markers, gel pens and India ink pens do not bleed through. Gel pens do require additional drying time.
Colored pencils did well with this paper. I found that for the most part both oil and wax based pencils worked well for good pigment and layering the same or multiple colors. My one issue was that neither were great for blending using a pencil style blending stick. The pigment smeared a bit but not as evenly as I would have hoped. Wax-based pencils did better at blending than did oil-based colors but both were acceptable for my use.
So as you can probably tell, this is more of the modern style of coloring book in that it's packaged to be colored and kept together as a book, not have the illustrations removed for display. The book is very well constructed; the cover even has shiny snowflake details you can see in the light! The book contains both an adaptation of the tale and illustrations, and the whole book is printed on both sides of the paper.
The paper itself is pretty good quality; it has a nice thickness and good tooth to it, so it'll definitely take just about any medium, but I would advise against using any sort of marker or paint (what we'd call "wet mediums") since this paper isn't properly absorbent enough to handle the moisture without them bleeding through to the other side and ruining the illustrations there. This type of coloring book and paper is definitely best suited for things like colored pencils or soft pastels.
This is also more of a complex style of illustration; the line work is much more detailed and finely done with smaller spaces to work in, so it might not be super great for young kids, especially if they get frustrated when they color outside the lines or have trouble with looking at complex patterns. I would say this is suited for someone older who wants to color.
Overall, I'm very happy with this product! I think it's so pretty I actually haven't colored anything yet because it's just so lovely, so I might purchase another copy so I can keep one blank and color in the other!