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Book Review: Outside The Lines

The PR pitch was that children would enjoy coloring Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations. Kids? Pfffttt! How about me. Hehehe.


My Mom loved to color with me when I was little. She would lay on the floor and patiently color, while I had the patience of a squirrel, unable to stay within the lines. I am sure it pained her 😉 Thankfully, as with many things in life, I got more patience. There was a reason she had the big box of Crayola Crayons, and I had all the lumpy, half-broken ones. Now I get the big box and Walker gets the broken ones 😉 And I got to spend a lazy Sunday, on the floor, coloring!

I love the concept of taking coloring books to a new level, take modern art and let the reader bring it alive. Brought to life by Penguin Books and curated by Souris Hong-Porretta, it is coming out in early September.

Me? I bought a 96 count box of Crayola’s and had fun. Even with Walker squawking loudly that he should have my crayons and book 😉


East River Tattoo, by Duke Riley. And this piece is the work of art on his tattoo parlor’s website front page, East River Tattoo, in New York. And I’ll admit that I didn’t research Duke Riley’s works before having fun doodling. I wanted it to not be affected by what I might learn. I went as fanciful and bright as I could imagine it. And my box of crayons even had glittery ones. I had forgotten how much I just love coloring!

Coloring modern works of art? Beyond fun! And hey, at least I wasn’t being forced to color Elmo or dinosaurs….


FTC Disclaimer: We received a review copy.

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