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The Hot Air Balloons Colouring Book (Colouring Books) is published and was kindly sent to me to review by The History Press. This book is 22cm square, paperback with flexible card covers with uncoloured black line drawn hot air balloons on the cover. The spine is glue and string bound making it fairly durable but a little tricky to get to the very edges of some of the full-page designs. The paper is bright white and thick, it does shadow a little with water-based pens but the majority of the images are printed single-sided so this isn’t much of an issue (more on this later). The paper is lightly textured and therefore pretty good for layering pencils for blending and shading. The pages consist of 40 single page designs, 3 partial double-page spreads where there is one hot air balloon in the bottom right corner of the left page as well as a full page spread on the right, and 1 complete double-page spread at the back. The images are very cohesive and range from realistic scenes of hot air balloons flying over landscapes to less realistic images of a generic hot air balloon outline that has had different patterns added to it (10 of the images are like this) with no landscape added, and illustrations of part of hot air balloons as well as different angles of them. The images are fairly varied from single, central hot air balloon images to groups, scenes and landscape views to illustrations of the burners, drawings of airship-style hot air balloons and even the Montgolfier balloon.
In terms of mental health, this book is ideal if you love hot air balloons and it offers great escapism as you imagine the far off places the balloons you’re colouring might take you to. The line thickness is mostly thin throughout, occasionally spindly thin, so this is a book for those of you with at least moderate to good vision and fine motor control. The intricacy and detail level significantly varies from large open spaces to small details and patterns that you’ll need fineliners or sharpened pencils for so there is plenty of variety that will suit your good days and bad days. There is also a variance in the amount of imagery on each page so there are pages for your good and bad days of concentration too. There are no written hints or instructions in the book but there are plenty of pages with a centralised hot air balloon with plenty of space around them where you could easily add your own backgrounds to really spice up the images and make them your own, this is of course entirely up to you and the pages will look lovely just coloured as they are with no additions. The images are fairly natural and relaxing and this is great for calming you down and focusing you in on the here and now.
I would highly recommend this book to people who love hot air balloons and want some colouring escapism. This is a lovely book with a variety of images and varying levels of complexity. This is a must-have book for all flying enthusiasts.
If you’d like to purchase a copy, it’s available here:
Amazon UK – The Hot Air Balloons Colouring Book (Colouring Books)
Book Depository Worldwide – http://www.bookdepository.com/The-Hot-Air-Balloons-Colouring-Book-The-History-Press/9780750968003/?a_aid=colouringitmom
The image below was coloured using Stabilo 68 Fibre-tip pens.