by Marta Żurawska-Zaręba
Published by Zielona Sowa Style: double page printing
Format: Card cover with fold out
Discover the fairy tale world of Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and the Wicked Queen. Journey into the dark forest and find a hut of gnomes and jewels in their mine. Try to resist the temptation of the poisoned apple in a world where the magic of true love prevails.
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Krolewna Sniezka Magia Kolorowania Video Review
I hope you enjoyed the video review of Krolewna Sniezka Magia Kolorowania, a lovely Polish coloring book, also known as The Magic of Snow White Coloring Book.
Krolewna Sniezka Magia Kolorowania Review
Krolewna Sniezka Magia Kolorowania was illustrated by Polish artist Marta Żurawska-Zaręba. I was not sure what to expect from this book as the illustrator is unknown to me. When I think of Snow White, it is within the concept of a sweet Disney movie where all is sweetness and light, with a dash of the evil stepmother. The Magic of Snow White Coloring Book depicts a slightly darker story through the extensive use of solid black throughout. At this stage, I’m still not sure how I feel about Krolewna Sniezka.
Cover & Layout
The fold-out card cover of Krolewna Sniezka depicts the title within the outline of the apple. Shades of pink and hot pink, which have a beautiful watercolor feel to them, are pre-printed on the cover. Gold accents give this coloring book a touch of elegance. When the cover is folded out the front flap features a lovely bird with text in hot pink and in Polish above it. The back cover features the same style of imagery as the front, although the elements are now positioned differently, and Snow White is absent. There are no gold accents on the back cover or the fold-out flap.
The inside of the card cover has a background of hot pink with white outlines which feature the birds and flowers depicted on the front of the book.
Krolewna Sniezka measures 24cm x 24cm (approximately 9.5 in x 9.5in)
The front title page features the famous mirror from Snow White with filigree embellishments and candles. Over the page, some text in Polish introduces the story, and in this double-page spread Snow White is featured. Printing information is on the left-hand side. These pages would be the best spot to test out your mediums.
Krolewna Sniezka has been printed on both sides of the off-white paper. The paper is not quite medium weight. The paper has a slight texture to it. Ideally, you would use colored pencils on the paper. All of the images have been orientated in portrait style throughout the book.
Along the way, some illustrations feature text in Polish, presumably telling the story of Snow White.
There are 4 pages within the book that feature a pre-printed black background.
There are 60 pages that comprise double-page spreads in the book where the line art does merge into the spine of the book. At the moment, the binding on the book is quite rigid making it difficult to color in these areas. With a bit more pushing (and hubby may need to add some muscles) it should relax further.
Krolewna Sniezka Magia Kolorowania Images & Illustrations
The line art in Krolewna Sniezka uses a lot of black whether solid, in medium to thick lines, or with texture and dimension details like dashes and dots. Colorists with a minor visual impairment should have no difficulty seeing the outlines. Most of the pages do have a lot of detail within the page which may be an issue for colorists challenged with visual issues, arthritis, or motor skills issues.
The coloring book takes us through the story of Snow White in illustrative form as we progress from the birth of Snow White, her youth, and ultimately to meeting the seven dwarves and her handsome Prince.
The artwork is a mix of different artistic styles. You will find a variety of beautiful flowers and insects which are well detailed and illustrated whereas other images contain imagery in a zentangle or pattern style. Personally, I find the zentangle style jarring and not suitable for Snow White, but that’s just me. Fortunately, there are only a handful of pages that fall into this category, so I can ignore them and focus on the scene-based images that I prefer.
Artists have different ways of expressing themselves and their creativity. One thing that I often find disconcerting, is when the artist chooses not to draw a body part in a coloring book so you end up with a headless or armless effect. In a horror style book, this is often by design, but in Snow White I expect the cast to keep their heads on 🙂
I was surprised that, presumably Snow White’s father and his new bride were headless. Presumably, this is the artist’s way of expressing the isolation of the relationship but, to me, it is just odd 🙂 Again, the image of a young Snow White on the swing is missing the top half of her head. This image looks better to me than the previous one, but still, I can’t help wishing we had her whole head to color in.
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Happy coloring x