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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Review: Drawing, Doodling and Colouring for Christmas

Designed and Illustrated by: Erica Harrison, Katie Lovell and Antonia Miller
Text by: Fiona Watt
Target audience:  6+
UK Publisher: Usborne

The Usborne book of Drawing, Doodling and Colouring for Christmas is the most delightful activity book. This non-fiction book is full of single and double page spreads to complete on a variety of Christmas themes. You can colour and doodle the pages on everything from Santa and snowmen to winter scenes and festive patterns.

You do not have to be an expert at drawing to enjoy this book. In fact I think its design is engaging and accessible for any child or in fact big kid at heart.

What better way is there to review an activtity book other than to give it a go yourself? So on this note, I'm going to show you some before and after shots of Christmas Doodle Book.

Here is a wintry high street to complete the drawings and colour in:



And some owls to doodle...



Every time I looked through this book, I found another scene to feel excited about drawing or doodling. I also didn't feel afraid to make a mistake. The drawings are free hand and so you feel comfortable putting pen directly on the page and just letting the creative juices flow.

This another example of the designs which I love. The stamps are ready to draw and colour. There is also a page where children can draw of write their Christmas list.

This book seems to me to be the perfect gift to give instead of an advent calendar. It is just the book to get the whole family in the festive spirit in the weeks leading up to Christmas. For children who are drawn to creative activities it will be a complete hit. The book has minimal by effective text to guide the budding artist on how to complete the single and double page spreads. 

Overall, this is a high quality and beautiful activity book. The colours are bright. The designs are exciting and have a cross-gender appeal. I absolutely adore it and cannot wait to spend more afternoons with my pens and pencils doodling it. I highly recommend it!

Thank you so much to the lovely people at Usborne for letting me choose this book to review. It was an absolute pleasure.


Penny Dolan said...

Thanks for this seasonal suggestion, Bookette. Love the new colouring books where children (and grown-ups) can add their own ideas and images.

Nicole said...

OMG I so want this! I'm such a big kid at heart and this just pulls at me. I'm a doodle lover. I'm so getting this!

Christina/Book Addict said...

Could this be an cuter? I love it. It would be the perfect gift for my little cousins. I hope they sell them in the US. Thanks for sharing this, Becky!

Library Mice said...

I give my children a book like this every year on Dec 1st. I have already got a Xmas Doodles one but this one surely is cute! Lovely review, and wow, you look quite artistic, my owls would not look that good!!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

OMG I love it. This could keep me busy for hours.

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Lovely review! This book is so cute! It would make for a perfect Christmas present, I think. I can't draw to save my life, but I would love to doodle according to this book. Thanks for sharing!

Rhiana said...

Awww this sounds lovely! My little one got 3 Advent calenders last year... I might just use your idea and get her this from me instead (watch her get none now lol!)

cj'alhafiz said...

Hi Becky! Wow..this looks cute and colorful and fun. Nice!!

-CJ @ Coffee N Crackers
Latest Review: HERE

Splendibird said...

Oooh, never mind my small daughter, I'm getting one of these for myself. What a lovely way to spend an evening!

Nikki-ann said...

I'd have loved this book when I was younger... Actually, I'd probably love it now too :) Great review and a great book too by the look of it!

I Want To Read That said...

OOh doodle doodle do! Love it - looks like hours of fun:)

Sarah said...

Fab review Becky, I really do love this book & have already spent a lot of time happily doodling in my copy :o)