Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom: An Adult Colouring Book

Like many other people, my first impression of the adult colouring book craze was to be slightly confused. Then I remembered the hours I’d spent scribbling away on my grandparent’s living room floor as a child and wrapped up in nostalgia, I popped down to Rymans and picked one up a month or so ago.

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Cute right? There are loads of pictures of animals and patterns, quite intricate designs. They are stunning and hat’s off to Miss Marotta for coming up with them. It seemed a little bit intimidating at first, but once I got started I found it quite relaxing. What I did not expect was for my hand to seize after a while. It’s been a very long time since I coloured anything, and ages since I’ve used an actual pencil. Overall, I enjoyed doing it and found it relaxing but not overly so. Its a fun way to pass the time, but not something I could see myself doing as a little hobby as such, after I’ve finished this book (which will take at least a year) I won’t be buying another one.

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The beginnings of Cyril the Octopus and his sassy tentacles

If you’re looking for something to help you wind down after a long day and still let you accomplish something, then the world of adult colouring books may interest you. I’m simply not that into it.

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