Score: 92/100 (9.2 out of 10)
Colorful Creatures is a fun, delightful, and adorable animal coloring book by Dr. Joe Richichi—a REAL LIFE exotic animals veterinarian!
If your kids love reptiles like snakes, lizards, and turtles, this is the coloring book for them!
Perhaps the thing we loved the most about this book is that it's not just a coloring book, it's actually highly informative and educational! Every coloring page is accompanied by educational information about the individual animal.
Did you know that bearded dragons are omnivorous like humans? Did you know that they eat more meat when they're younger and more vegetables when they're older?
Did you know that blue tongue stinks give birth to live young instead of laying eggs like other reptiles?
Did you know that crested geckos can't regenerate their tails like other gecko species can?
Did you know that there are over 100 species of dart frogs?
Did you know that leopard geckos store a lot of their fat in their tails so that they can trick predators into eating their tails instead of their heads?
Did you know that axolotls undergo metamorphosis like frogs and butterflies do?
Did you know that some chameleons give live birth while others lay eggs?
We learned SO MUCH from this book!
That's not to mention that coloring these animals is a lot fun, especially since many of them tend to be colorful in nature—often radically so!
We will briefly mention that, due to the closeness of the lines in this coloring book, you will need a color pencil as opposed to a thick marker or crayon to color these. This also means that this is probably more appropriate for kids 4 years or older (or adults). Regarding adults, the category of stress therapy coloring books has definitely gained steam and popularity over the years. Sometimes, coloring some cute, colorful animals can be relaxing.
If this book has any real weakness, it's the writing. We found quite a few errors in this book. That kept it from being a 9.3. “Colorful” is misspelled as “coloful” on page 19. On that same page, “arguable” is used instead of “arguably.” “Theyre” is used instead of “their” on page 7.
There is a very odd sentence on page 11 that reads “Corn snakes reach upwards of 6 feet long but rarely bigger than around than a golf ball” followed by “be of as many as 30 eggs.” This book clearly could've used a proofreader.
With that said, no one buys a coloring book to read it. This is, overall, an excellent coloring book!
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