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The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book: A Classic Editions Coloring Book

The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book: A Classic Editions Coloring Book Buy on Amazon US| Buy on Book Depository|Buy on Amazon UK|Buy on Amazon Ca
by Beatrix Potter, Charles Santore
on 3 January 2017
Style: color inspiration images, double page printing
Pages: 32
Format: Card cover, Glue Binding

"From Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden in The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit to the clever rescue attempt in The Flopsy Bunnies, each page of The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book is filled with lovable critters and enchanting scenery for you to fill with color. Featuring beautiful black-and-white artwork from award-winning illustrator Charles Santore, this coloring book features Beatrix Potter’s most popular classic Peter Rabbit stories: The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Classic Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies!

The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book: A Classic Editions Coloring Book

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The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book Review

As a fan of Beatrix Potter since I was a child I find it hard to pass up a coloring book based on any of her characters.     As lover of all things bunny rabbit, of course, there was no way that I could resist The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book.       When I seen  it advertised online,  the cover  pulled my heart strings but I was confused by the page numbers.     At 32 pages,  I wondered if that was a mistake and was happy to sit back and wait and see.    The pricing on The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book made me think that it was correct and that it was a thin book.     The page numbers shown online are correct.  It is only 32 pages but the illustrations are gorgeous.    Even though it has less illustrations than other books I think that might be a good idea as you are less likely to get bored with it and want to move on to something else.   For people like me, that have about 10 coloring books on the go that they are coloring in,  I feel that I might have a hope of finishing this one!

Cover & Layout

The cover of The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book  has a gloss white background with a partially colored image of Peter Rabbit munching some carrots and lettuce in the background.   You can see from the cover that the line art displayed comes with shadowing and has a greyscale effect.   Keen eyes will also notice that the cover art has a sketched look to it without the refinement of a lot of digital enhancement.     The cover art reflects the content accurately that you will find in the coloring book.

On the blue spine of the book, which nicely co-ordinates with the title, there is text in white.   Personally,  I am surprised that the publishers managed to have a spine with text on it due to the book size.

The front cover art is also featured on the back in line art form with a blue button and publishers blurb.   This cover art is also included in the book for you to color as well.

On the inner front  cover you will find 6  small colored illustrations from the book.    The back cover features the remaining 6 colored illustrations from the book.

The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book  is slightly larger than standard sized coloring books measuring in at approximately 26.8cm x 28cm (11in x  10.5 in)

Ancillary Pages

A lovely title page featuring outline font for you to color in commences the book.    There is a small illustration for you to color in as well.    This would be the best place to test out your mediums.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is told across a double page spread.


Illustrations have been printed on a single page of the coloring book.    On the reverse of the illustration, you will find an extract from the Tale of Peter Rabbit.     This is quite charming and would be lovely to read and enjoy coloring with a child.

All of the illustrations have been orientated portrait style within the book.

Each of the illustrations is framed with a fine black border.

All of the illustrations have been positioned and centered well on the page.    The art work avoids the area near the spine of the book making it easier for colorists to enjoy.

As The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book only contains a small number of images, it is quite easy to fold it over and lay it down for ease of coloring.

The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book Images & Illustrations

There are 12 illustrations in The Peter Rabbit Coloring Book.   Each illustration has a corresponding small image that was been colored in featured at either the front of the back cover of the book.

Charles Santore is an amazing illustrator and he has drawn the Beatrix Potter characters with love and care.

The art work has a very skilled hand drawn look to it and does not have the sharp lines and crispness that you may notice with digitally enhanced imagery.    Line art is drawn in a soft, dull black and shadowing, hatching and shading has been added to the imagery  giving it a greyscale effect.

Colorists that have minor visual impairment should not have any difficulty seeing the lines in this book.    Some of the drawings do have a lot of detail in them, but others are well suited for colorists that have motor skill challenges or arthritis that makes coloring in small spaces difficult.

For lovers of fancy background effects, you will find that there is plenty of white space to add a bit of pizzazz to your illustration.

Charles Santore has managed to illustrate well loved characters, in different stages of motion and show their personality in his art work, that really is amazing.

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Happy coloring x



About Charles Santore

Charles Santore is an award winning American illustrator best known for his children’s books. His work is on display permanently at the Brandywine River Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He has won numerous awards for his illustrations including the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, the Alumni Award of the Philadelphia College of Art, and the Hamilton King Award.

About the author


I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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  • I was so, so excited to get this book! It just arrived and……there are TWELVE (12) pictures to color, 13 if you include the small drawing and lettering on the title page. What a letdown! The pictures are gorgeous, just absolutely beautiful. But, 12 pictures to color for $9.99 USD is disappointing to me.

    I have to admit: this is the one time I didn’t read the description to go along with your review. I always scroll to the pictures first, then go back and read. But this time, I got so excited seeing the cute, cute, cute bunnies, that I just hit the amazon US button and ordered. Well, I learned my lesson. Never again! I will always go back to read the review before even thinking of ordering.

    There’s a wizard of oz book by the same illustrator coming out in a few days. Will you be reviewing it? The page count on that one is 96 according to Amazon (as opposed to 36 for Peter). So what might we expect, 38 to 40 colorable drawings perhaps? That’s kind of what I’m thinking it will be, something in that neighborhood.

    As always, thank you for showing us both lesser known coloring books and easily accessible ones and taking the time to write about them (even if “someone” didn’t read one of the reviews. Lol). Happy coloring book hunting and coloring.

    • I think I paid less than that for mine, must have been a special offer. I actually think that this one is worth the price even though it is thinner. Bearing in mind that I have a bunny bias the illustrations are just divine. In addition, being the smaller size I may have a hope of finishing this coloring book. The colored pages add to the printing cost but they are a nice addition. Overall I’m happy with Peter Rabbit but I do have a <3 for the little fella 🙂

      I won't be getting the Wizard of Oz book. Sadly, I've had to spend two months of coloring budget on an extra 4TB of computer storage space after the recent computer hassles 🙁 As I am now "unemployed" lol for the first time in my life I have to be extra careful with the coloring book budget 🙂 Happy coloring x

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