christmas to color book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

I love to color…even at my mid-thirties age, I still love to color. My mom taught us the “proper” way to color and we helped her work on Bible class flip-charts and decorations for her classroom so I’ve been doing some serious coloring since I was very young. So when Christmas to Color came available to review, I was super excited! We’ve all seen the adult coloring books that have become all the rage in the last couple years, but some of them are disappointing. The paper is too thin, the designs are weird, or they’re just boring. However, from the moment I opened Christmas to Color, I knew I was going to love this book. Mary Tanana starts the book off with a simple explanation of how she went about creating this coloring book. She even offers suggestions on how to fill in these pages and how to add to the pages so that each design becomes my own.

The beauty of this coloring book is in the small details. I love that there is a picture to color on the dedication page and on the author’s bio page. The pictures Tanana has created aren’t just abstract images to color but they are real holiday items with an artistic flair: stars, Christmas trees, snowflakes, reindeer, poinsettias, gingerbread houses, sleighs, tree decorations, bells, and so much more. Each page is an adventure and has the potential to take you down memory lane while you color. With every page I turn to I say, “Oh, that’s my favorite!” and then I turn to another and think *that* one will be my favorite and so on. Truth is, I just really LOVE this book and know that it will be one I turn to each holiday for many years. These pages aren’t something to be rushed through, but something to take your time with and treasure. I envision coloring in this book year after year with my daughter and being able to “date” the pages so I can look back and have memories built within the images.

The quality of the pages is not to be ignored either. I colored with colored pencils and with markers (as did my 5 year old) and for the most part, the markers didn’t bleed through the page, which is nice. (I’ve had other coloring books where half the pictures were ruined by markers) The only times there was bleed-through was when my daughter over-colored a particular spot.

I will definitely keep Mary Tanana on my list of authors when I’m looking to buy more coloring books in the future. It’s obvious she loves what she does and produces quality images.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Children’s Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.