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Art of Coloring: Disney Villains: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation

If you're a Disney fan, you might not be able to resist this coloring book.  It's a big book with 100 images beautifully packaged and produced with a board cover and foil stamping.

However, the cover image may be a bit misleading. Many of the drawings are filled with tiny, intricate but repetitive patterns. For me, rather disappointing coming from a studio that is packed with talented artists and illustrators. Another reviewer actually called then "painful" to look at and to color. Certainly the images can be frustrating, leaving you wondering what there is to even color in.


It's also disappointing that the images are printed back to back, which means you're going to have to be very carefully about what you color with and how much pressure you use on the paper. Given that, probably it doesn't matter that the pages aren't perforated for removal, either.

Overall, it seems to be a bit of a slap-dash publication. There are misquotes by characters (such as Scar saying "Long life to King" vs "Long live the King"), Prince John has become Prince Jean (I guess he's French) and Gaston has an iPhone and a Facebook page. Hmmm. And a drawing of the Tic Toc Croc is filled with  the phrase "Tic Tac."  Apparently the croc has bad breath.

So for me, this coloring book should be a pass. Some of the errors with iconic characters make me wonder if this is even an officially licensed publication. If so, Disney needs to ramp up the quality control.



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