Friday, 14 October 2016

Re-imagining My Own Cinderella Story


Once Upon A Time I was a very arty child. I loved to colour and draw and make things. A few years ago (well 5 now I come to think of it) when Jake and I moved into our first flat together, colouring was big hobby, what with money being tight and no internet to entertain us. Fast forward a couple years after our pattern colouring books had gathered dust, the popularity of adult colouring boomed! Last Christmas I picked up Jake one he had been looking at in a store one day but I haven't really found any I fancied. Not only that but I don't often have much time to just sit and colour at home so most books just aren't suitable sizes etc to take with me while out and about.

That's where this one comes in! As you can probably tell I very, very rarely accept items for review or the like but when someone tagged me in a promotional tweet saying they thought I might be interested in this, I put my email down. After a couple lovely exchanges with Sarah from Penguin Random House I soon had a little package arrive and was pleasantly surprised at how well it fit my needs.


Obviously, being the classic tale of Cinderella, it was right up my street to begin with but I absolutely loved the fact it was hardback and a smaller size - brilliant for popping in a backpack and taking with me along with a little pencil case, to colour on the go. Most people will probably see this as something more for kiddos, so I think those points will be extra handy for that purpose...being more durable and something to keep little ones entertained while traveling or eating out and stuff. I'm definitely going to take it with me to Disneyland next month as something to do on the train haha.

Costing £6.99, it's price-wise on par with most adult colouring books, but I think it's more special, particularly due to the hardback format, making it the perfect gift! In fact, my 26th birthday has just passed and (obviously if I didn't already own it, duh) I would have thought it a very thoughtful and unique gift idea for myself, as well as a child...you know, for maybe that global holiday happening in a few weeks ;)
I also received the 'A Ladybird Book of Colouring', one of the other available titles, and I hope they release more of the classic tales as it would make a really cool collection for children to be able to enjoy the stories and feel even more involved by being able to colour the pictures to coordinate with their imagination. After a little poking around online I found a Ladybird Colouring Book of Birds from 1978 which I would personally love to see re-released (hint, hint if you're reading Ladybird!), for myself as well as fellow bird watching friends.


I've really enjoyed having this little book with me, to just whip out and have a good relax with while watching movies, to keep my occupied when sitting on the train or focus on, cuddled up with the dog on the sofa. Let me know what you think of my colouring skills  the books and if you know anyone who would be pleased to find this in their stocking this Christmas! A huge thank you to Penguin Random House for including little old me in this lovely #cinderellacolouring campaign.

Like I said at the start, in my five years of this blog I have maybe done 4 posts on products that I have received (all for my dog Baker too haha), so you can be certain that I will not accept and/or write about anything that isn't 100% backed by me. I was not paid or compensated for this post but I am very lucky to have been sent the gorgeous books for consideration.



22 comments:

  1. I would be all over this... this just screams to my inner child. & my big girl side too that refuses to grow up ;)

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  2. This is so nice!! I love to colour books as well and this one looks so cute!

    xx

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    1. It really is a cool idea, isn't it? Looking forward to taking it on the Eurostar with me!

      xo

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  3. This is such a cool idea! I love that you can take it on the go with you, which I would find more use for as well. Cinderella is my favorite princess too, so this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing : )
    Steph x. Hello, Steph Blog

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    1. Isn't it?! That's what makes it extra cool to me, the size. Most colouring books are pretty big and flimsy but this is something to read and colour in one, which is durable and a great size to travel with!

      xo

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  4. Oh waow - I love this it looks so cute. Adult colouring is something I am massively into :) Would love to get this as a gift :) xx

    Rach | http://doublejointedgirlandherdog.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. So cute! Stick it on your Christmas list ;)

      xo

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  5. This is so lovely and I am so glad that colouring books have become popular again as I don't think I ever grew out of the trend as a kid, haha! Love the colours you chose for the pages you shared so far, and having these alongside a timeless fairytale like Cinderella is just lovely. Love it! - Tasha

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    1. Right?! haha It was all I did for yeaarrrs. That and play with Puppy in my Pockets. I actually Googled the original book and tried to copy as well as I could the actual colours :P

      xo

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  6. So awesome! Definitely one of the better colouring books I've seen with it being hard-covered and all!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Right!? Can't believe how perfect it is for travelling, or popping in a kiddos bag and stuff.

      xo

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  7. I am going to have to buy this book, I had this one when I was younger (handed down to me from my older cousins along with quite a few other books such as Princess and the Frog, Beauty & The Beast, Rumplestilskin, etc) and put them into a charity shop just a few years ago. My cousins were talking about this book recently as she had 3 dress changes in it rather than the one that's in the film, I remember there was a pink, blue and finally a white dress. If I can buy this book then I think I will win "Favourite Cousin" award. :) Colouring in is such an enjoyable way to relax isn't it?

    The Life of Dee

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    1. Oh yes, you have to get it!! I can't believe you got rid of them! We've done the same in the past with my Wonderful World of Reading books and now I'm starting to re-collect them as many are worth money now!!
      It would be a super cute and sentimental gift for your cousins that's for sure!

      xo

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  8. I love this, it is adorable and as a fan of colouring I am going to add it to my wish list! It looks like you had lots of fun with it!

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    1. Super cute isn't it?! Yes, it'll make a great little Xmas gift so stick it on the list ;)

      xo

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  9. Oh, I saw this in, I think, Waterstones just the other day and really, really wanted it! But I already have SO many colouring books (about six at last count :/) that I couldn't justify it. Perhaps I'll pop it on my Christmas wish-list. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Oh really?! That's fab. I have to stay out of Waterstones as there's so much that could steal my money :P Sounds a good idea to me!

      xo

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  10. I'd be like a little kid with this! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Aw that's so cute! What a lovely way to bring back your childhood :) Fingers crossed they bring out lots more :) xo

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    1. Isn't it so sweet?! It would be fab if they had a whole range for people to collect!

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