Review – Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book by Paul Kidby

Posted: September 29, 2016 in Fantasy, Satire
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This is a first for me, reviewing a colouring book (a current and very popular fad), but it is a Discworld colouring book and that makes it awesome. Check out the blurb below..

Paul Kidby, Sir Terry Pratchett’s artist of choice, provided the illustrations for The Last Hero, designed the covers for the Discworld novels since 2002 and is the author of the definitive portfolio volume The Art Of Discworld. If Terry Pratchett’s pen gave his characters life, Paul Kidby’s brush allowed them to live it. Containing black-and-white line drawings based on his hugely popular artwork as well as original pieces produced exclusively for this book – featuring such iconic Discworld personalities as Granny Weatherwax, Sam Vimes, Archchancellor Ridcully, Rincewind, Tiffany Aching and, of course, DEATH – Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Colouring Book is required . . . reading? . . . for all Discworld fans.

Let me preface this by saying, I hid this from my son as soon as I opened the parcel. I love him but he’s a toddler and will daub colour and wild scribbles on anything that stays still long enough. Including me.

From the stylish cover to the excellent set of illustrations in the back of the book, this is both a testament to Terry Pratchett’s wonderful Discworld and Paul Kidby’s brilliant visual interpretation of those characters and places.

Many of the drawings available to colour are accompanied by fantastic quotes from the Discworld novels, adding a great (and, for me, nostalgic) element to the concept. The illustrations are fantastic and I, for one, will not be attempting to let my (or my son’s) crayons loose on such a magnificent book.

Review copy
Published by Gollancz

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