Earlier this year I reviewed a unique color-by-number book from Sunlife Drawing. Sunlife Drawing has now published a Christmas version to keep your spirits bright and colorful through the holiday season: Christmas Animal Quest.
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Sunlife Drawing kindly sent me coloring books to try. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while using these books. This post does contain affiliate links.
Overview of Christmas Animal Quest
Christmas Animal Quest is a unique coloring book with 20 adorable Christmas animals hidden in hexagonal grids with numbers in the cells. Each number means a particular color from a 20-color palette. You will know what animal is hidden on the page only when you start coloring.
Animal Quest’s pages do not have hand-drawn designs. Instead they are filled with tiny, numbered hexagons. And only once you finish coloring in a bit of it do you know what the creature that you are coloring is – the “quest.”
Animals you will find include kittens, a horse, donkeys, a raccoon and much more, all in holiday settings.
All of the hexagons are the same size – which is quite small – and the color by number lines are very light, as are the color-coordinated numbers. As a result, with most coloring media the lines and numbers all but disappear when you color.
There is not any white space to add your own coloring flourishes, but you could certainly add some detail such as outlining or shading once you complete the coloring in.
The back of each page is black, with a grey color key so you don’t have to memorize or keep referring to the full-color key on the back of the book.
Christmas Animal Quest Color by Number is 8-1/2″ x 11″ and its covers are glossy and full-color flexible card stock. The front cover shows a completed design and the back has the color code “key.”
This is a lightweight book, so you will have the best results when you place it on a hard surface while coloring.
The hexagons are printed quite close to the gutter of the book. The binding is glued, and strong, so it is difficult to just tear out individual pages without ripping them (there are not any perforations). Either color in the book (using a protective sheet underneath), or carefully remove pages with an Xacto knife. You can easily fold back the front cover for a sturdier coloring surface if you want to.
Printed single-sided, the pages are black on the reverse to hide any bleed-through.
One of the features that make this an easy coloring book is that you not only are the colors chosen for you, but you only need 20 colors of your pen, pencil or marker of choice.
However, if you have any vision challenges or limited hand mobility, this is probably not the coloring book for you as the hexagonal elements are all small. However, the printed numbers are not hard to read.
One of the best things about a color-by-number book is that if you are particularly stressed, you can let it go a bit because you will not have to decide on colors. As well, finding out what you are coloring is surprisingly exciting and fascinating at the same time. I found I got really absorbed in coloring the little hexagons, clearing my mind for a while!
This holiday coloring book will be a great choice for everybody who likes coloring and puzzles, and is looking for a bit of escape.
Other books from the Quest “Color-by-Number” series include:
- ANIMAL QUEST Color by Number
- BABY ANIMAL QUEST Color by Number
- ANIMAL LOVE QUEST Color by Number
- POKEMON QUEST Color by Number
Sunlife Drawing has offered to send one copy of a random Quest color-by-number coloring book to five Adult Coloring 101 readers!
Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open to the US, Canada and UK, and closes at midnight (EST) on December 18, 2017.