Illustrator: Emelie Lidehäll Öberg
Pages: 96 (Paperback)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Source: For Review
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
Reminiscent of classic Swedish fairy tales, Emelie Lidehäll Öberg’s debut coloring book fills 96 pages of sweetly sleeping animals, dolls come to life, and whimsical abodes.
This paperback edition makes coloring-on-the-go a breeze. Gold foil accents on the cover and enticing colorable French flaps make this a beautiful gift. The Fairy Tales Coloring Book will capture the imagination of the young and the young at heart.
Fairy Tales–previously published as Sagolikt–is a super adorable coloring book depicting characters and imagery from Swedish fairy tales. While I’m not familiar with Swedish stories, I still recognized several of the pages. Even without knowing what story I was looking at, every page is enchanting and gorgeous.
Fairy Tales is a paperback, but the cover is very thick card stock. The inside flaps do fold out to reveal more coloring areas at the front and back. The actual paper is very thick and slightly off white. But alcohol based markers do bleed through, and each page is printed on both sides. However, one thing that I absolutely love is that none of the coloring pages are two-page spreads, so nothing gets lost in the binding. Some of the drawings do go all the way to the binding, but the spine bends easily enough to lie the book flat.
The artist of Fairy Tales has a very unique and recognizable style. She uses a lot of stripes and circles to create detail in all of her illustrations. At first it looks a bit busy, but ultimately I loved that it breaks up open spaces and adds more interesting texture. Even the girls have circles on their cheeks, making them stand out. And her animals are absolutely adorable!
Fairy Tales quickly became one of my all-time favorite coloring books. The quality is outstanding and added to the artist’s distinct style, creates something very special. I’ll definitely be looking forward to her next coloring book.