- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Penguin Classics edition (December 31, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141439513
- ISBN-13: 978-0141439518
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,997 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pride and Prejudice Penguin Classics Edition
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Sometimes that can and have made me very critical of takes on this novel. While I admit I am disappointed that there are not more designs which include Elizabeth and Darcy or other of the characters, I think the designs are quite lovely and will be lots of fun to color. Some of my favorite excerpts are included, including “It is universally acknowledged...” so the story is fun to read as I color. Just coloring my first choice of designs in the book made me reach for my Kindle to read the story in full once again.
The cover is in black print on white (with elements you can color) with gold foil highlights on the front. Both covers fold out and there are some elements on the flaps that can be colored but the inside of the covers are really just pretty patterns with nothing to color except background.
As I noted, there are lovely designs of gloves, flowers, and whatnot. The book is a little light on characters. The designs are intricate and detailed in spots but should not pose any particular issues in coloring apart from the fact the book is printed on both sides of the page.
This is what I found while coloring in this book and testing my coloring medium of the paper.
78 Storybook designs pages (including three pages of the language of flowers – lovely little addition to the book.)
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. This method makes sure you don't lose portions of the design if you want to remove pages.
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 very well on the two page designs.
I could get the book to lay fairly flat by breaking (or creasing) the spine.
Alcohol-based markers bleed through slightly on this paper.
Water based markers (except for brush end Tombows) left the slightest indistinct shadow on the back of the page. Tombow 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.
I had to give the DK edition five stars, or else I would be downgrading Pride & Prejudice itself! I do wish there was a separate rating system.
Unless you have a specific purpose for buying the DK edition, such as classroom or ESL use, I would avoid this version. DK has added lots of extra features to this book, but if you are simply reading for enjoyment, these features are distracting and annoying.
First of all, this book is printed on shiny, glossy paper. The pages have a harsh glare, and feel unpleasant to touch.
DK has taken the liberty of highlighting certain words in a bold font. These words are defined at the bottom of the page. Not every page has them, but many do, and one page has eight highlighted words!
Examples of these highlighted words include: Design, Nervous, Opinion, Library, Town, Disgust, and Amiable. Coming across the bold words as you read is extremely distracting and completely unnecessary. A glossary at the end of the book contains all of the highlighted words, so there is no need to repeat the definitions page by page.
DK has also added several sections of contemporary topics, such as Music & Dancing, Town & Country, Women's Education, Courtship & Marriage, and The Army. There is nothing wrong with these extras, but they pop up randomly throughout the book. Again, very distracting. It would have been much better to put the extra sections in an appendix at the back of the book.
The illustrations in the book are very nice, and each volume of the novel has it's own colorful border design along the edges of each page. There's also an illustrated, color glossary, and discussion questions at the end of the book.
Overall, the DK edition is attractive, but the extra features make the novel less enjoyable to read. There are so many wonderful editions of Pride & Prejudice available, so I would avoid this one!
The paper is of good quality, though unfortunately the prints are on both sides of each page. That might be a problem for marker users. I'm not having any trouble with my pencils. And you'll find plenty of little design touches for trying out various techniques--perhaps fantasy fish, metallic gel pens for the various gold and silver trims, maybe chalk pastels for backgrounds. There's plenty of scope for trying things out.