Number of Pages: 96
Size: 25 x 25cm square
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: Slight
Not since Johanna Basford's books have I seen such a huge response for a new colouring book on my Facebook page, than I did yesterday forThe Magical Christmas. This book has EVERYONE in the colouring world talking, which is testament to the popularity and success of Lizzie's debut book, The Magical City, in July 2015. That book sold over 13,000 copies in its first 8 weeks on sale, and this delightful sequel looks set to smash that figure this festive season.
As fans of Lizzie's work will know, her style is very 'all over the place' at first glance (it's called psychogeography) and the illustrations only really come together when colour is added, creating a fabulous finished piece of art. This totally unique and distinctive drawing technique continues in The Magical Christmas, making it a perfect companion book to sit side-by-side with its predecessor. So far, it's the best Christmas-themed colouring book I've seen by a mile, especially if you like a modern spin on the traditional. So get into the Yuletide spirit and take a look inside!
Each page is a take on Christmas traditions from all over the world, whether it be the Frost Fair on the Thames or the German Christmas Markets. There are religious renderings too, such as Hanukkah and the Three wise Men following the North Star. Lizzie has also included historical events centred around Christmastime, like the No Man's Land Truce, and even gone back in time to Christmases past with her Tudor and Medieval double spreads. With festive ballets such as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker also included, and even a peek into Sherlock and Dr. Watson's Christmas at Baker Street, I don't know of a colouring book that has so elaborately portrayed the season in such an all-encompassing way.
The book is the same shape, size and format as the first, it's sparsely coloured cover scattered with red and gold metallic accents. It has another treasure hunt for you to complete if you wish, and a jolly 'Test Page' at the back for you to experiement with colour palettes and materials.
Overall, this is definitely not a book you want to miss out on! Here's my finished picture of a Victorian Toy Shop window,
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find a copy at WH Smith or pre-order on Amazon here: