Title: Escape to Shakespeare’s World: A Colouring Book Adventure
Illustrator: Good Wives and Warriors
Publisher: Puffin Classics
Genre: Colouring
Book format: Paperback
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Review:  I bought this book after enjoying some of the images I’d seen of the inside. The book is square in shape but be warned it’s smaller than books like ‘The Secret Garden’ or ‘Animal Kingdom’. It’s around A5 in size but a good thickness for the price. Inside you get crisp white pages (slightly creamer in colour than pure white) which are very thick and could take a lot of different media including pens although the pages are double sided so don’t over use felt pens or similar.

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Inside the book has images from Shakespeare. Along with the starting images which are of Shakespeare himself there are a range of different things to colour. The pictures are grouped in different Shakespeare plays and feature The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Macbeth, Hamlet and A Midsummer’s Night Dream among a few others. On almost every page there is a line from the play followed by the name of the play (in case you didn’t know).

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I love the images because they are all so different. In the Romeo and Juliet, the pictures you have is one image which is literally the stage set up of Verona with other images including flowers and poison and a dragon. There are pictures of a canal in Venice and a feast on a table, a castle in Scotland, a skull, fungi, etc.. Because the pictures are all different it really has an appeal to me as sometimes I tire of just one type of image ina a book, like just having flower images in all the books. The images are all detailed enough to leave you with a lot of colouring to do but don’t have details that look too small to colour in.

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Overall I really enjoy colouring in this book. The only down side is that images run right into the spine and even though I always crack open the spine of my colouring books it’s still tough to colour the entire image into the centre. But considering how varied and detailed the designs are, I would still recommend this book for anyone, whether you enjoy Shakespeare or not!

-Review first appeared online September 2016 – now republished here.

Do you like Shakespeare?  What about colouring in Shakespeare inspired images?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂