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Colour Fun with the Gruffalo
The Gruffalo Colouring Book - Julia Donaldson
Member Name: Julie449
The Gruffalo Colouring Book - Julia Donaldson
Advantages: Lots of Fun with the Gruffalo
Disadvantages: Not sure what age group this is aimed at
My son and my husband are huge fans of the Gruffalo. My husband has enjoyed reading the Gruffalo and related books to my son since he was very young. My son is now almost 4 and he has started to enjoy colouring and drawing more, so when I came across this colouring book, I thought it would be something nice for us all to do together. The gruffalo is by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
The colouring book has a large picture of the Gruffalo on the front and the Gruffalo text (same as the book and dvd), making it instantly recognizable as a Gruffalo product. There are oictures of colouring pencils, crayons, paint brushes and one felt tip pen on the front cover, that show straight away what we can expect from inside this book. On the reverse of the book it states 'colouring fun with the Gruffalo! there's lots to do in this busy book, so grab your pens and pencils and get ready to join in.'
Inside the front cover, and the back cover there are pictures of all the different Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books available. There is also a link to the Gruffalo website for more activities and games.
On the first page there is a small picture of the Gruffalo holding a sign that says coloured in by, providing a space to write your childs name, making the book more personal. I think it will be something I'll keep and show my son when he's grown up. A little keep sake for Mummy!!
The pages of the book are thick, good quality paper. The paper is thick enough that when felt tip pens are used, they don't go through to the other side. Which is excellent as no pictures get ruined and both sides can be used. Nothing worse than when you can only use half a colouring book.
The illustrations in the colouring book, are just like the ones in the story book, except mostly without colour.
The first 2 pages are for simply colouring in, all the main characters from the Gruffalo story are there, with some trees to colour, and there is also some blank space to add trees of your own/childs.
Some of the pictures like that on the 3rd page, have quotes straight from the story book, with a picture to be coloured to match.
All the pages that have a simply to colour picture, have a plain coloured border round them, and all the puzzles/tasks have detailed illustrations (that look as if they could have been taken straight from the story book) round them.
One of the tasks that is featured a few times, but for different pictures is to draw parts of the Gruffalo. These include his turned-out toes and his terrible teeth. These are inside circles in faint lines, that need to be drawn over. These are quite detailed and small, so myself or my husband had to do these as to hard for our young son. These would be better for older children.
There is a dot to dot puzzle, and there are two grid drawings. The grid drawing tasks have two sets of grids on each page, the top grid set is a completed illustration, and the bottom grid set is blank. The aim is to copy the top picture onto the bottom, one grid square at a time. I think this is aimed at older children, this was far to tricky for my son to do.
There are a couple of pages for imagination drawings, where you/your child can use there imagination to use the blank spaces provided to draw backgrounds for the Gruffalo, and draw son of his favourite foods.
My son's favourite part of this colouring book, is an activity/page where you can draw your own monsters.
Overall I thought this was a great colouring book/activity book for all Gruffalo lovers, however I felt it was trying to please too many age groups at once. I am not sure what the target age market was for this colouring book. I found that some of the activites were to hard for my son/young children that are at the perfect Gruffalo loving age. The children that are of suitable age to complete these activites may have lost intrest/almost grown out of the Gruffalo by the time they can tackle these themselves. I would have liked just a colouring book/ simple activities from this for my son, however that being said I picked up for around £3 and it has provided us with hours of fun, so I can't complain to much.
Summary: Colouring fun with the Gruffalo