Book Review: David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book by Mel Elliot

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Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2


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.

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.

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David Bowie Retrospective and Coloring Book

Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

Sample Page

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I was devastated when I heard the news on January 10, 2016, that David Bowie passed away, it was a shock first because I wasn’t aware that he was ill, but more so because his music has literally been the soundtrack to my life! It truly affected me more deeply than the passing of Elvis, Michael Jackson, or Prince and I think it’s because I could relate to him as a person and I knew he had found true happiness in his personal life.

So, of course, I want to collect all things, David Bowie. When I saw this book online I thought, wow, what a novel idea, and a great conversation starter. I’m not sure why, but I thought this book would be larger than it is, it’s just a little over 8 inches in width and height. Not really conducive to coloring I think, but to be honest, I would never actually color in this well-made book, I was thinking about photocopying a page and coloring it, but I really have no desire to bend the very thick card stock book cover, so it shall remain intact and unmolested and come out occasionally as a coffee table book or take a turn in the guest powder room entryway table.

The writing and drawings in this coloring book are very simplistic and the information contained within adds nothing new to David Bowie’s story. The back cover is far more interesting than the front and should be switched around in my humble opinion. Is it worth the price? If you’re a hardcore Bowie fan and like novelty items of course! Just don’t expect much.

I received this book at no cost from Blogging for Books for my unbiased review.

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        Oct 25th, 2016


        Trade Paperback


    Penguin Random House

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