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Grimms Marchen Fairy Tales Coloring Book Review

Grimms Marchen Fairy Tales Coloring Book by Nao Sakamoto
Published by Kodansha on 23 March 2016
Style: double page printing, Instructions - Tips
Pages: 72
Format: Dust Jacket
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four-half-stars

Filled with your favorite Grimm Fairy Tale characters, each page gives the colorist opportunity to escape into a the world of Grimm

Grimms Marchen Fairy Tales  Coloring Book Review

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Grimm’s Marchen Fairy Tales Coloring Book  Review

Seeing the cute Little Red Riding Hood beside a sleepy wolf was the first thing that appealed to me in this Japanese coloring book.   The quirky cover with unusual colored fonts intrigued me as well.   Thankfully, the coloring book did not disappoint.      Inside, adorable characters from Grimm Fairy Tales have been created ready for us to color in and enjoy.

Cover & Layout

A glossy dust jacket  protects the coloring book proper.    The cover, when viewed online can seem quite cluttered as it filled with small colored items against a colored background on one half of the book.   On the other side there are some colored elements against the line art to indicate that it is a coloring book.

On the back cover there are 5 colored thumbnail illustrations from the book to inspire  you.   They are beautifully colored and succeed in making me envious of these coloring skills.

Thankfully, t he inside fold out flap shows Lesson 1 and 2 of coloring tips for me.    Depicting the art work with different colors and styles, is helpful to me, even though I cannot read the Japanese text of instructions.   On the back cover,   Lesson 3 has been given, showing different ways to color a flower.

The card cover of the coloring book proper features a white outline pattern against a lilac background.

Grimm’s Marchen Fairy Tales Coloring Book measures  9.8 in x 9.6in

Ancillary Pages

The cover art  has been reproduced as the title page in the book.  On the reverse there is a page of text in Japanese.

At the rear of the book there is a six page visual index.

The last page contains copyright details.

Any of the preceding pages would be a great spot to test out your mediums.

Layout

The illustrations are printed on both sides of the off white paper.    Although the paper is a medium quality, it is at the lighter end of medium.

As you would expect from a fairy tale style coloring book, most of the pages are double page scenes.

The line art does run to the spine of the book, but the spine loosens after a few leaf throughs to make it easier to color in.

Grimm’s Marchen Fairy Tales Coloring Book Images and Illustrations

The illustrations in this interpretation of  Grimm Fairy Tales are sweet and elegantly drawn.     Crisp, black line art has been used on the page with a medium and fine line weight.      Although the line art is easy to see, it may be a challenge for colorists that have a minor visual impairment due to the amount of detail packed on each page.

The coloring book commences with a sheep outfitted in top hat opening the door to our coloring adventure.   It is sweet, charming and indicative of what the art work is like within the book.

Each fairy tale has had several pages of  line art devoted to the story.

The Grimm Fairy Tales illustrated in the book are in order of appearance:

Aschenputtel   (Cinderella)

Schneewittchen (Little Snow White)

Dornröschen (Sleeping Beauty)

Rotkäppchen (Little Red Riding Hood)

Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten (The Bremen Town Musicians)

Der Wolf und die sieben jungen Geißlein (The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids)

Rapunzel

Hansel and Gretel

When you are looking through the images, some of the fairy tale scenes are immediately obvious,  which gives a lovely sense of comfort.

The characters in this coloring book all have a wooden doll like appearance, and for some reason this stiffness, makes them more loveable and charming.

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Detail Level

LowHIgh

Where to buy Grimm’s Marchen Fairy Tales

Amazon US Etailer Amazon JP Yes Asia

Happy coloring x
Lea

 

four-half-stars

About Nao Sakamoto

Nao Sakamoto was born in Iwamizawa-shi, Hokkaido she has worked as a freelance illustrator as well as designer of magazines, cd cases and her own range of merchandise.   She has lectured on NHK “Hobby Do Easy Ballpoint Pen! Easy & Cute Illustration”.    Her art work has been exhibited in many galleries and she has also had solo exhibitions of her work.

About the author

coloringqueen

I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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