If you love adult coloring books and classic novels, you’re going to love Coloring Novels™! They’re such a fun way to bring the classics to life and destress after a long day. Let’s check them out, then I’ll share my review of A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Color Your Favorite Classics as You Read with Coloring Novels™
Beauty and the Beast: Coloring Novel Edition
Beauty and the Beast is a treasured fairy tale passed down through generations that explores the love story of a beautiful young girl captured in the enchanted castle of a frightening beast. Now, Beauty and the Beast has been creatively reimagined in this delightful Coloring NovelsTM edition which includes 56 colorable designs as well as featured art by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a short story length publication.
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Sense and Sensibility: Coloring Novel Edition
Perfect for fans of romantic classics like Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility (a Jane Austen novel) tells the tale of the lovely Dashwood sisters. They face difficult times after their father passes away and must each find a suitable husband if they are to be accepted in society. This special Coloring NovelsTM edition features vintage 1800s inspired pattern designs as well as adapted digital artwork by Emilyann Girdner.
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Coloring Novel Edition
Inspired by Greek mythology, A Midsummer Night’s Dream follows the adventures of young Athenian lovers, a group of actors, the Duke and Duchess of Athens, Theseus and Hippolyta, and the fairies who inhabit nearby moonlit woods. This classic tale is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare written around 1594 to 1596. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works and is widely performed across the world. This Coloring NovelsTM edition is the public domain version and has 40 imaginative colorable illustrations including featured artwork by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. This is a novella length publication. Buy on B&N/Amazon
The Labyrinth Wall: Coloring Novel Edition
The fantasy charm of Eragon meets the gritty flare of The Hunger Games in the Amazon Best-Selling Obsidian Series books which offer a surprising and fresh magical labyrinth adventure. Imagine a labyrinth world from the perspective of its native people… Araina’s lonely teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man with supernatural powers emerge through a rippling wall into the dark and deadly labyrinth she calls home. Araina must solve many mysteries surrounding the newcomer and the labyrinth she thought she knew so well. And, as a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s creators have unleashed a series of attacks against the labyrinth inhabitants. She must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to survive.
“It is a book that all fantasy lovers will find addictive and thrilling.” — Readers’ Favorite
An Amazon Best-Seller
A Dante Rossetti International Award Finalist
Reader’s Favorite 5 Star Rated
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Coloring Novels™ Review
I’ll admit, when I first read about Coloring Novels™, I assumed that it was going to be a coloring book based on a novel. I’ve seen quite a few of those and always thought they were so creative. As I read the description, I thought “maybe it’s like a children’s version,” where there was some text on each coloring page. When the book arrived, I was surprised to see that you get the full version of the novel with coloring pages sprinkled throughout.
I had a chance to check out A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of my all-time favorite Shakespeare plays. It’s also the perfect play to add a little fun coloring action to, since the plot is full of whimsy and magic already. Before the story begins, you’ll find a few pages that you can color right away. As you read, you’ll find more coloring pages in every chapter. I love that the pictures range from super simple floral patterns to more elaborate scenes of Titania and Helena.
Another thing I love about this whole concept: it’s a terrific way to get more people reading the classics. Anything that breathes new life into old favorites and promotes literacy in fun new ways is great in my mind!
One thing that I want to note (and the author notes as well): colored pencils are pretty much a must for these pages. You could maybe use a crayon with a super sharp point (to really get in all the nooks and crannies of the patterns), but markers and gel pens will bleed through. That’s perfect for me though because colored pencils are definitely my favorite coloring medium.
These books would make fantastic stocking stuffers for the holidays, don’t you think?
About Coloring NovelsTM:
Novels have been refused the love of artistic interactivity and brilliant colors for far too long. Not anymore…
Coloring novels were dreamed up by author and artist, Emilyann Girdner. She launched Coloring Novels™ because she wanted to bring the joy of reading novels and coloring together. Reading is an inspiring experience, so you are invited to color the provided pictures, draw your own art, and jot down your ideas as you enjoy this adventure. For more coloring and reading enjoyment, collect all classic stories available by Coloring Novels™.
*Note that colored pencils are ideal for this paper.
Markers and some gel pens may bleed through pages.
Attempting to color the paperback edition covers may cause smearing and is not recommended.
About the author:
Emilyann Girdner is the creator of Coloring Novels™ (a new novel format) and author of Amazon Best-Seller, Dante Rossetti Award Finalist, and Reader’s Favorite 5 Star rated young adult fantasy novel, The Labyrinth Wall.
Emilyann discovered at a young age that reading imaginative books gave living an extra flavor. She has loved stories ever since. She has appeared at events with organizations such as Barnes & Noble stores, Wizard World Comic Con, Supercon, AltCon, and MegaCon Fan Days. KCFV 89.5, City Surfing Orlando, Miami.com, and Tallahassee Magazine are some of the media outlets that have mentioned Emilyann. Emilyann tries to love God and others in all she does.
She believes that imagination sparks beauty in the soul. Emilyann’s writing and art have appeared via many publications, some of which include Sound & Communications Magazine, The TV Shield, Center for Work Life, Easter Seals Florida, and Examiner.com. Discover more of her writing and art at www.emilyanngirdner.com.
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