Friday, September 23, 2016

Adult Coloring Book: Wuthering Heights: A Coloring Classic by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights: A Coloring Classic by Emily Bronte
Adult Coloring Book illustrated by Elisabetta Stoinich
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
Purchase Links: Penguin Random House | Amazon
Bring to life the classic Victorian story of Wuthering Heights and the love affair of Catherine and Heathcliff in this gorgeously detailed coloring book. Intricate linework combines with iconic quotations and gothic scenes to create an evocative book that will inspire creativity and take you on a windswept journey across the Yorkshire moors.

My Thoughts:
With the recent popularity of adult coloring books, I have to say that The Coloring Classics by Random House are my favorite. I recently received a copy of Wuthering Heights, and oh my! What an amazing collection of pictures to dive into. Aside from this classic being my absolute favorite, it goes without saying that Elisabetta Stoinich did a beautiful job of bringing Emily Bronte’s story to life.
As in the novel, the illustrator did a wonderful job of using parallel elements to compare and contrast the people and scenes that ranged from whimsical and light to gothic and dark.

I really enjoyed adding color to the playful pages of young Heathcliff and Catherine. I used bright colors and defined outlines to bring out the element of how full of life these two characters were at a young age. The caption that reads, “They both promised fair to grow up as rude as savages… It was one of their chief amusements to run away to the moors in the morning and remain there all day,” and was depicted perfectly in this scene.

There was another page I wanted to point out, which I felt captured the unrefined darkness of Thrushgrove Grange. In this page, the intricate detail of the home was balanced with the ghostly darkness of this character’s feelings. Adding sharp colors to this page, I feel did the job of portraying Catherine’s haunted moments in the story.


Of all of the pages in this book, I must admit I spent the most time with Heathcliff and Catherine’s dream scene. Theirs is a passionate tale of doomed love, and Stoinich did a brilliant job of illustrating the connection between these two characters. This page alone, I invested around three hours to truly capture the perfection of the scene and their moment together. I loved the caption that reads, “Disturbed her? No! She has disturbed me, night and day through eighteen years – incessantly – remorselessly – till yesternight; and yesternight I was tranquil. I dreamt I was sleeping the last sleep by that sleeper, with my heart stopped and my cheek frozen against hers. ~Heathcliff” At first, I felt a bit overwhelmed on how to conquer these pages, but once I started added color, the pages just came to life on their own. This is one of my favorites by far.
One last page that I added very little color to was the final scene of this book. This page has no quotes, but the minimal illustration truly captures the stormy romance of Wuthering Heights. Beautifully done!

Thank you to Random House for offering me an opportunity to sample The Coloring Classics.
5 Snowflakes

2 comments:

  1. My birthday is in 2 weeks and this is the coloring book that I have requested. It looks awesome.

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    1. Oh! I hope you get your birthday wish!! You know, they also have a Pride and Prejudice coloring classic. I'll be working on that one soon. :) Happy Birthday!!

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