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Zolocolor!: Doodling Between Black and White    by Byron Glaser & Sandra Higashi order for
by Byron Glaser
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'This book is designed to spark your creativity and inspire the many uncommon ways to color. Feel free to color inside, outside, on, and around the lines. Color on the black or not. Make up your own shapes within the shapes. Let your imagination lead you.'

That's about all the instruction you'll find when you open this unusual activity book. Now it is up to you what happens next. Using whatever art media you are comfortable with (felt-tip markers, colored pencils, crayons, watercolor, etc.), you can tackle the pages in this book.

Each page features a black and white design. In some cases you might want to color in the white areas but in others it might be more fun to add more lines first.

There is only a set of lines or design on one side of each page so if you wish to carefully remove a page from the book and work on it on a flat surface, that should be fairly easy.

There is no right or wrong way of using this book and its contents. Open your mind. Dabble, Imagine. Do what you wish as you expand on what is before you or combine various colors.

The intended audience of this book is purportedly children six years of age and older, but I think older youngsters and adults would find this a very enjoyable, hands-on experience.

Going on a long trip or anticipating a lengthy layover in an airport? This inexpensive book and some colored pencils will keep your child amused for quite some time. In fact, you might even wish to try your hand at coloring a few pages to make the time go faster!

Attention grandparents - this would be an excellent book (along with some colored pencils or felt-tips) to keep handy in the house, so when the grandchildren visit you'll have something to amuse them.

Art teachers will also want to take a look at Zolocolor! to see how this book can be worked into the curriculum, especially with younger students.
Unusual uses of color, experimenting with space and color, or designing your own black and white design (doodling) are all possible assignments that could get the creative juices flowing freely.

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