But That’s a Coloring Book!!! Mini Review Time

David Bowie: Retrospective and Coloring Book
By Mel Elliot


An adult coloring book retrospective presenting music legend David Bowie’s most idiosyncratic and indelible looks throughout the years, with insight into his famed designer collaborations, fashion inspirations, and stylish illustrations.

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Thin White Duke. . . . Bowie changed his style more dramatically than any other musician in history. His transformations brought about seismic cultural shifts, altering the definition of what it meant to be a popular rock star. This annotated collection of illustrations provide a remarkable overview of Bowie’s nearly fifty years of evolution, featuring looks by the likes of Freddie Burretti and Kansai Yamamoto, further establishing him as the fashion king of self-invention.


Ok, yes this is a coloring book. No, I do not normally do this, and you may never see me do this again. But let’s be honest, this is a “David Bowie” coloring book. So it gets extra points and recognition. Bowie will always receive recognition. I saw this, I needed it. It was that simple.

I have never actually rated, let alone reviewed a coloring book. I do color when my tremors allow though. Poke fun if you want, but it not only reduces my stress, having a focal point at times, also soothes my vertigo. Other times the latter can back fire. Since I am not entirely sure how one reviews a coloring book, I decided to look at three things: quality, content, and enjoyment. So mini-review time!

Quality: This was a hit and miss with me. The cover is beautiful in a simplistic way, that accurately represents with shades of blue, gold and red. The gold emblazoned lightning bolt projects that true Bowie feel and immediately calls to mind Ziggy Stardust. It is sturdy with thick pages, smooth in texture. The miss here for me was the actual artwork. That is a harsh statement, so I will be fair in acknowledging that it must be nearly impossible to capture all that this man was and is in the form of a coloring book.  Still, it lacked any true detail and fell pretty flat.


Content: This may as well be the saving grace for David Bowie: Retrospective and Coloring Book. While I certainly cannot hand out any brownie points for the artwork, I found appreciation for the timeline and facts provided throughout each page. David Bowie evolved quite a bit throughout his shining career. That is probably a huge understatement, but this book attempts to capture each beautiful transition ranging from Ziggy Stardust to Jareth, The Goblin King and beyond. There is even a discography and awards list.


Enjoyment: Over all, this was still an enjoyable book. I really cannot complain about the opportunity to put my pen to Bowie 😉 And the fun facts created a fan worthy experience. While, the art was not for me, this will still be a welcomed addition to the collection of many fans. But since it is a coloring book, I did expect more in terms of illustrations, so I am giving this one 3 stars.

* I received this book from Blogging for Books . This is my honest and unbiased review as always.

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About the Author

Mel Elliott graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She began designing fun, printed products such as paper dolls and has grown her “I Love Mel” signature into a successful brand. She has always been influenced by pop culture and fame, and is the author of the celebrity-inspired adult coloring series, Colour Me Good, among other coloring and art books.

Learn more about Mel Elliott and her work here.

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34 thoughts on “But That’s a Coloring Book!!! Mini Review Time

  1. I see what you mean about the art work, it’s lacking something. I am happy to see its different than the one I own, it would be disappointing two of the exact same product out there. I have to say I am in love with this cover too! Does it have easy to tear out pages? I like that in a coloring book so I can get better angles.

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  2. The first time I see a review of a colouring book and you did really good with this, although I also would have liked to see some of your ‘work’. I agree that it’s something for a big Bowie fan but I don’t feel any urge to colour these. I like the Alice colouring books more, there is much more detail and the whole page is at least filled ;-).

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  3. This was a wonderful first review on a coloring book! You did great! Any you just made me wanna start coloring again. I love to color. I just don’t have the time nowadays.

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  4. A review for a colouring book? Love it! I agree, the artwork seems lacking somewhat but I think it’s great that you’ve provided such a balanced review 🙂 I can think of a few people on my Christmas list who would like this! Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  5. Kudos for reviewing a coloring book 😀 And I thought reviewing regular books was hard…! I agree with the points you made. Judging from the samples, it does lack something. I have a coloring book hidden somewhere. I think I might try it again against anxiety but it probably won’t work, I don’t have the patience, haha! Anyway, this makes for a great Christmas gift!!

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    1. I agree.. coloring does not always work, and it not for everyone haha. I think this is a nice Christmas gift for fans as well though 🙂 Even with the illustrations feeling a bit off, I think many would find enjoyment just in coloring David Bowie 😉 ❤ Plus the discography and awards list was pretty cool to have.


  6. I love love love love that you reviewed a coloring book! This makes me so happy. I totally understand your concern with quality. I’m really picky when it comes to my coloring books, honestly. I spend a lot of time looking at the images I could color before deciding to spend my dollars. Very serious stuff.

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    1. I think the fact that it is Bowie still wins me over. And the discography! Huge points for that. I just enjoy more intricate and detailed illustrations. I am so glad this review is receiving such positive feedback. I was actually worried about attempting this, so thank you ❤

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  7. From the looks of it, I have to admit that the level of complexity in the art isn’t…very… top-notch. I guess they wanted to let us bring the complexity through our colouring talents? 😛 First coloring book review I’ve ever seen and read out here. Definitely an interesting one too (who doesn’t like Bowie, right?) 😀

    – Lashaan

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