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Color the Classics: The Wizard of Oz: A Coloring Book Trip Down the Yellow-Brick Road Paperback – June 7, 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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In this book the mix 18 story pages and 50 design pages for a total of 68 actual storybook pages. There are also four pages of thumbnails of the images and nine other pages (preface, forward, and title pages or those pages following the end of the story) which have designs that you can color.
Once again, the pages are beautifully illustrated with highly romanticized images. The designs are detailed but are not intricate with tiny elements. I was easily able to color using just the standard pencil point.
This is the story based on the original book by L. Frank Baum. The story is certainly not complete, so you will want to keep a copy of the book along with it. The “story” included just gives a little bit of foundation to the pictures which immediately follow it but will not give anyone reading it a real idea of what the story is fully about.
For my first project in this coloring book, I chose a picture that included Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion. I used my Faber-Castell Polychromos for this book and found that though these, as well as other oil-based pencils did not blend as well as I might like, I liked the way the pencils worked with the paper otherwise and I used them more for layering colors and shading more so than for any blending. For fun, I will use a different brand of colored pencils for coloring each book in this series to give each one a slightly different appearance.
Here is what I found in a brief overview:
68 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
Water-based markers do not bleed through
India ink pens do not bleed through
Gel pens do not bleed through but require extra drying time
Coloring pencils did well in laying down good color with this paper. I found that for the most part both oil and wax based pencils worked well except neither were great for blending. Wax-based pencils did better at blending than did oil-based colors but both were acceptable for my use. Hard lead pencils did not leave dents on the back of the page.
I decided before I gave her this book that I'd check out the quality of everything and make sure it wouldn't be a poor gift.
Reading the story was a little strange because I've only ever been showed the movie. Personally I found it very child-friendly and enjoyed it. The graphics quality were, as an artist, highly impressive. I've seen a lot of people do repeat pages or designs in these books and I've found it highly offensive and lazy. This particular book, however, was not the case.
The book itself was thick from how solid the pages were-- and there were a good few pages to nod a nod of approval to.
I find myself to be a very cynical artist and horribly picky with what I give my friends and family because of it. This book is very high on my approval list and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to give a gift or wanting something whimsical and of good quality for personal reasons. I can even admit that I was a little upset with myself for not purchasing two by the time it was all said and done with so I'd have a copy for myself. Amazing work-- highest of props to the artist.