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Monday, 1 February 2016

Colouring book. For kids.

So I was in my local museum the other day. Local museums are often interesting places, and usually not for the reasons they think they are. Anyway, I came across a childrens colouring book in the gift shop. And I bought it. because it was SUPER ODD.

Bear in mind, and I can't stress this enough, this is a childrens colouring book.

Ok, so here we go. Front cover. Seems pretty ok, right. British heroes - so we've got Lennon, Twiggy, Concorde, some armed forces stuff, a bus, England winning some kind of footballing prize, and, wait, is that a policeman strongarming a striking miner? Who's the hero here? Is it me, or does that not quite seem to fit with the other pop culture icons? Ok, well, anyway, lets ignore that and get stuck in..


Aaand we're straight into "colour in your favourite spy". Hey kids, forget your One Direction, all the cool tweens are into The Cambridge Five! Are you a Philby head or a BluntManiac?

Couple of pages on and there's a full page to colour in. A real rainy afternoon job here. And get out all your grey and green pens, because it's a depiction of the Bloody Sunday massacre. 

Again, this isn't some dark take on the current craze for adult colouring books. This is, to quote the front cover, "for kids with active minds". Active, terrified, minds.

Ok, things seem to have calmed down a little now. There's a page devoted to 80's fashion. So, Princess Diana, and a tiny Frankie Fan. Or is that a normal sized Frankie fan and a giant Diana? DIANA CRUSH.

Colour in Siouxsie Sioux! Black pens only, please.

Where are the titans of British industry and innovation? SORTED. 

And finally here's your big British TV colouring in quiz page. How many grotesque gargoyle versions of celebrities can you recognise?

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