Post Script: The Wicked Plants Colouring Book – Amy Stewart and Briony Morrow-Cribbs

The perfect gift for the crime fiction writer in your life!the-wicked-plants-colouring-book

 

The Wicked Plants Colouring Book

Amy Stewart and Briony Morrow-Cribbs

Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781925321784

 

Description:

A colouring book with a dark side

 

In The Wicked Plants Colouring Book, Amy Stewart and artist Briony Morrow-Cribbs bring colouring enthusiasts the 40 most menacing botanical atrocities from their New York Times bestseller Wicked Plants. Morrow-Cribbs’s exquisite etchings are now finely rendered colouring-book art and are paired with details from the original book.

 

Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, and written with Stewart’s trademark wit, each wonderfully creepy spread offers a fascinating portrait of the evildoers of the plant world, from the vine that ate the South (kudzu) to the weed that killed Lincoln’s mother (white snakeroot) to the world’s deadliest seed (rosary pea).

 

 

My View:

The perfect gift for the crime fiction writer in your life!

 

The not so secret life of poisonous plants are revealed in this deadly but charming little colouring book (relax your mind as you colour and plot the demise of the next victim in your new book.) The information – science fact and science fiction, is fascinating and paired with the exquisitely detailed drawings make for a unique gift for the writer or that difficult to buy for person; fun and informative.

Doesn’t Time Fly?

Here it is December 2016 already.  I cant believe it – this year has flown by, life has been busy; a grandson was born and he is now 8 months old.  Recipes have been tried and tested and many books have been read and reviewed – around the one hundred seventy mark thus far.

I am enjoying sharing the joy of reading with my grandson (with  appropriate titles) – it is never too early to encourage a love of reading.

Recently I invited a couple of ardent readers to share some of their favoruite reads on my site – to broaden the type of book reviews available here.  I hope you find some new favourite books and authors.  Thank you Bec and Brenda.

 

The reading year has not yet wound up – there is a blog tour ahead; the launch of Rachel Amphlett’s new police procedural series, Scared to Death. There is a   Q & A with debut Perth writer Anthea Hodgson, a Christmas menu to compile and share and a series of “best of 2016 reads” for you to comment on and…more reviews.

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Seasons greetings to you.

Christmas pavlova

 

 

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2015

completed challenge

 

Congrats! You have read 200 books of a goal of 200!

Now that wasn’t so hard was it? It is the reviewing 200 books that is the hard work.

 

Post Script: Vogue Colouring Book – Iain R Webb

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Vogue Colouring Book

Vogue & Iain R Webb

Hachette Australia

OctopusBooks

ISBN: 9781840917215

 

Description:

Editor’s Choice – The Bookseller

 

This, the first colouring book from British VOGUE, has been created by award-winning writer, fashion editor, curator and Royal College of Art Professor, Iain R Webb. Celebrating the centenary of British VOGUE, these hand-drawn artworks are inspired by iconic images from the magazine in the 1950s – an era of hats and matching gloves, haughty elegance and hourglass silhouettes (a period that continues to inspire contemporary designers including Miuccia Prada and Dolce & Gabbana). The book features a glamorous dream wardrobe of luxurious ball gowns and soigne cocktail dresses, smart suits and dramatic accessories by key designers including Christian Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy and Chanel. The accompanying captions offer fashion and style tips (often highly amusing in hindsight) and are taken from the original pages of British VOGUE. The c90 artworks can be coloured in in the spirit of the original images that inspired them or embellished with whatever colours and patterns take the reader’s fancy. The colouring book is the perfect present for all those who love vintage fashion and will be published in time for VOGUE’s centenary celebrations in 2016, which begin with a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

 

 

My View:

Elegant, glamourous and so fashionable! Take a trip down memory lane and discover fashion from British Vogue’s 1950s style icons. Reminisce or become inspired as you colour your way through this remarkable book of fashion history. A great present for yourself – or that hard to buy for fashion conscious person, add a tin of coloured pencils and you have the perfect Christmas gift.

 

Post Script: Mulga’s Magical Colouring Book- Mulga

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Mulga’s Magical Colouring Book

Mulga

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733634949

 

Description:

Colour the kaleidoscopic world of one of Australia’s coolest artists.

Crazy about colouring in? Looking for mindfulness, stress relief or a creative outlet? Lose yourself in this colouring book from one of Australia’s favourite artists.

Mulga’s colourful art can be found all over the country – in shops and cafes, on t-shirts and soft drink bottles, in ads, laneways and galleries – and now, for the first time, you can colour it in yourself in this gorgeous 80-page colouring book.

Mulga’s work is full of intricate line work and patterns, making it perfect for meditative colouring. There are zombies with beards, toucans in baseball caps, gorillas with facial piercings and all your favourite Mulga creatures ready to be given the rainbow treatment. So, grab your textas or pencils and get to it!

 

My View:

This is a book with a lot of appeal – fresh, fun and contemporary images; think sugar skulls, peacocks, hipsters, Vikings…In fact Mulga names his images, there is a “Cast of Characters” at the beginning of this intricate and beautiful designed book.

 

Mulga is the brand name for artist Joel Moore – a Sydney based, freelance artist, illustrator and poet. Mulga has designed and produced work for his own clothing label and Mambo, Virgin Mobile, Oporto to name but a few of his clients. Mulga has a unique and intricate style – perfect for you to practice and develop your own colouring style.

 

Why are so many adults rediscovering the art of colouring in? As Dr Stan Rodski states in this interview “The Science Behind Adult Colouring Books” by Jeremy Story Carter (ABC Radio National), “It’s a process that takes us to a time that is stress free.” See more about this hugely popular phenomenon here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/why-are-australian-adults-drawn-to-colouring-in-books/6750808

 

Many more hours of relaxing are to be found here: https://www.hachette.com.au/search.page?SearchText=colouring   (I quite fancy the Bollywood and Aztec books too)