Jurassic World Coloring Book
Cris Bolson, Mark Borstel, Eduardo Francisco, Iván Fernández Silva (illustrators)
Dark Horse Comics
March 13, 2019
Do you know what’s better than dinosaurs? Colouring 45 pages worth of dinosaurs in the Jurassic World Coloring Book from Dark Horse Comics.
This book is aimed at the 12-year age range, though of course, anyone can enjoy colouring all their favourite parts of the film, including all the faces of shrieking humans as they encounter dinosaurs bent on revenge for that whole extinction business.
Paleontologists have made many discoveries about dinosaurs over the past few decades, but the jury still seems to be out when it comes to the colours of dinosaur flesh and feathers. As if science can do better than your own creative Crayola-based decisions! Blue is obviously supposed to be blue, but what shade or tint of blue our favourite velociraptor is is entirely up to you!
I took the opportunity to let my Indominous Rex be absolutely fabulous. If you’re going to devour humanity, you need to look your best.
Chris Pratt, on the other hand, isn’t looking entirely his Chris Pratt-iest. As often happens in illustrations of real life people in colouring books, there’s only a passing resemblance to the actors who played the major characters in the movie, but because the colouring book takes its time to move through the majority of the storyline on each page, the humans do take up, perhaps more time than I’d like them to. Basically, I just want dinosaurs in my Jurassic World Coloring Book. Just dinosaurs.
But I can’t always have my way, so I will be fair and appreciate that the colouring book does do a good job of pacing itself. That is, the pages are not merely splattered with action. There is ample opportunity to enjoy everything from computer rooms, to raptor training sessions, to the birth of a baby dinosaur, as well as armed hunts, daring escapes, and undeserved captures.
Each colouring page is accompanied by an opposing page that has a brief but relevant quote from the movie. These aren’t exactly words of wisdom, but they are memorable and sometimes amusing accompaniments to the soon-to-be colourful moment.
With lots of scenes to choose from and great design that leaves lots of opportunity to add as much flare as you want with your favourite colouring tools, the Jurassic World Coloring Book is a useful addition to a dinosaur lover’s bookshelf.