by Jae-Eun Lee
Published by Waves of Color on January 1st 1970
Style: double page printing
Format: Card cover, Glue Binding
"The Wizard of Oz takes colorists down the nostalgic yellow brick road, reimagining many of the story’s beloved characters in Jae-Eun Lee’s whimsical and highly-detailed illustrations."
Wizard of Oz Coloring Book Review
The Wizard of Oz Coloring Book is part of the Color the Classics series of colouring books. Color the Classics produces coloring books based on classic fairy tales like Alice in Wonderland, Ann of Green Gables, Snow White and of course, the Wizard of Oz. The books are all illustrated by the talented Korean artist, Jae Eun Lee.
The coloring book contains an abridged part of the classic Wizard of Oz story by L. Frank Baum in it. Snippets of the story are sprinkled across 24 pages within the book.
Layout & Design
The book measures approximately 25cm x 25cm (approximately 9.8 x 9.8 in). It has a lovely card cover with pre-printed coloring on it depicting characters from the story. I had hoped that the inner covers would be illustrated but sadly they are not 🙁
The cover page has been reproduced as the first image in the coloring book,and a great spot, as always, to test your wet mediums. It is followed by a title page and the foreword of the book.
The page quality is very good being a medium quality white paper. The illustrations are printed on both sides of the paper with some images being double page spreads.
There is a lot of variety in the illustrations with many drawings of things that I would not naturally expect in the Wizard of Oz. A double page spread of birds, food and patterns being some that I found odd. The balance of illustrations depict the events that you would expect to see in the classic fairy tale of the Wizard of Oz. I really feel though that this book could have had more imagery associated with the Wizard of Oz and, to me, it is not true to how I would expect the coloring book to be depicted. I adore the Wizard of Oz and sadly feel a little disappointed with this book 🙁 I am hopeful that it will grow on me over time.
The line work is dull black and the weight varies being a fine and medium weight throughout.
At the rear of the book the there is a thumbnail index of images used in the book. I find that the illustration index is handy to see at a glance how many images are on double pages and how many on singles. From the index you can quickly see that there are 23 double page spreads (some of which could quite easily have been single page spreads). The book does lay down well which is fortunate as many double page spreads run into the spine area making it difficult to color.
Many of the illustrations within the book contain fine, small details making those illustrations unsuitable for those with difficulties with vision or motor skills. Many of these illustrations would be extremely difficult to color with pencils (you will need the sharpeners close by) and a fine point marker would be needed. This is a shame as markers may bleed to the other side of the page and had the book been printed on single sided paper it would not have been an issue. There are a number of images with larger spaces to color but, for me, sadly the bulk of the book is too finely detailed for my old eyes.
Color the Classics – Wizard of Oz Coloring Book Video Review
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Happy coloring x