“ Paperback: 64 pages / Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books / Published: 3 May 2012 „
Last Christmas I decided to get my son some new colouring pens and a pencil case and things and I thought that it would be a good idea to get him a few colouring and activity books to go with them. One book that I knew I would buy as soon as I saw it was the London colouring book as my son and I have been to London a few times now and we both love it down there so I felt sure it would be a hit.
The London colouring book is a Buster activity book and I'll be honest it isn't a brand I have heard of before always tending to purchase Usborne activity books as I know they are going to be good quality but with this one as I said I just had to buy it. The front of the book looks quite cool but very busy with there being many outlines of things you may find in London but the centre of the cover has what I believe is meant to be a colourful London Eye with the name of the book in the centre. The book looks fun and appealing whilst also looking a bit different to other colouring books I have seen. The back of the book tells us we can take a whistle stop tour of the capital city taking in various sights along the way and this is why I really wanted to buy the book because I wanted to be able to sit with my son and look at places where we had been.
The book feels a good quality to be honest. The cover is made from a thin card which would damage if you were to bend it obviously but if care is taken it will keep the book cased together well. It is similar to the cover on Usborne activity books and is certainly thicker than those of books you would pick up in the supermarket for example. As such it has a recommended retail price of £5.00 but it is for sale on amazon for £3.75 which I think is a really fair price.
Inside the book there are loads of different kinds of things to colour. Some take a single page whilst others have a double page but all are drawn with a blue outline which just looks a bit different to the ones which have a black outline! I think all of the pictures are drawn well and are a bit funky looking so trees have patterns in for example and characters facial expressions are so funny and really expressive! Things included in the book are things like changing the guard at Buckingham Palace, London Zoo, the tube, Wimbledon, the Natural History Museum and so much more. There are sights which were familiar to me and my son but also some which we haven't visited such as Camden markets or the Royal Albert Hall. There is certainly plenty to look at in this book and I think it looks like quite a fun book to colour in because of how much is going on in the pictures.
My son has only coloured a few pages in this book but even though he has used felt tip pens they haven't gone through the page and spoilt the one on the other side which is obviously a good thing. Cheaper books tend to have awful paper which you can't colour anything in felt tip pen or you will spoil the page behind it. What I like is that this book is good quality and so it will last. Whenever my son feels like doing some colouring in he can pick up this book and do some and of course you don't do it all at once anyway so it lasts well.
I would recommend this colouring book. There are various London colouring books available on amazon having looked for a price for this one and I have to admit my attention was caught by the Usborne one which I didn't see when I bought this one. Despite this I do recommend this colouring book. I think it is a good quality product at a good price and it would make a good gift for London loving children...or possibly even adults who enjoy colouring in to relax because this isn't just child orientated I don't think.
Thank you for reading my review!