Happy Wednesday, guys!
Today, we're thrilled to be a part of the I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos by debut author Andrea Pippins!
We love this fabulous book by Andrea Pippins, and think it's both a wonderfully diverse title + a great addition to the new adult coloring book trend!
Read on for more!
Published November 10th 2015 by Schwartz & Wade
Revel in the mesmerizing patterns and intricate details of Andrea Pippins’s delicate pen-and-ink illustrations, ready for you to color, complete, and embellish. Lose yourself in page after page of bold hairstyles and accessories, from rows of braids, to Mohawks, to sweeping updos, to cascades of ribbons and beads. Be transported to another world as you ink in Medusa’s slithering coiffure, Cleopatra’s elaborate headdress, and Marie Antoinette’s towering bouffant.
Perfect for experienced color-inners and newcomers alike. Coloring enthusiasts of all ages will love this empowering and stylish book. So go ahead—let your hair down, grab some pens or pencils, and add some color to your life.
What's fantastic about designer/illustrator Andrea Pippins' debut coloring book, is the unique focus. I Love My Hair features wonderful and whimsical illustrations of all types of hair, ranging from braids to fancy up-dos, alongside empowering words and thoughts on how beautiful and unique hair and hairstyles can be.
While I was very familiar with some of the hairstyles, including a gorgeous Frida Kahlo-inspired up do, there were also some hairstyles that made me view and appreciate hair in a different way.
I also developed a special appreciation for Andrea's focus on African-American hair. I have a colleague who adopted a beautiful African-American girl several years ago, and they've gradually been learning about African-American hair care together.
So I ended up telling my colleague about the book, and bought her a copy. My colleague reported just a few a days ago, that she's enjoyed coloring through the book with her daughter, and her daughter is really enjoying seeing the variety of hairstyles, learning about hair icons like Diana Ross, but also realizing that her hair is a part of a beautiful legacy of hair that helps put her side-by-side historical icons like Cleopatra.
It's pretty awesome thinking about coloring in that context, and I'm excited to see such a response!
There are 84 pages in the book total, and illustrations on each of those pages. While some of them are two-page spreads - e.g. the Marie Antoinette-inspired illustration below - there are also smaller illustrations that people can finish within a short hour or two.
Size-wize, the book is 9.5" in width by 10.5" in height, and a square shape. It's a great size to wrap and give as a gift, and also easy for coloring enthusiasts to toss into a tote bag or backpack and carry around. The book also features a removable book jacket, which is both fun - it can also be colored - but also protects the book.
Final verdict: This is a beautiful book, that is sure to inspire any coloring enthusiast, both young and old. But even better than that, this is a coloring book that celebrates and encourages individuality in hair, which is a fabulous gift to coloring lovers of all ages.
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Check out the rest of the tour!
· Alexa Loves Books
Tuesday, November 3
· Pandora’s Books
Wednesday, November 4
· Natural Chica, Guest Post
Thursday, November 5
· The Irish Banana
Friday, November 6
· The Lovely Books
Monday, November 9
· Fiction Fare
Tuesday, November 10
· Mundie Moms, Interview
Wednesday, November 11
· What Sarah Read, Guest Post
Thursday, November 12
Friday, November 13
Monday, November 16
· Read. Sleep. Repeat., Interview
Tuesday, November 17
· The Eater of Books
Wednesday, November 18 <- OH HAAAAI!
· The Reading Nook Reviews
Thursday, November 19
· The Jungalow
About the author:
Andrea teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and creates digital and screen-printed artwork in which she explores color, pattern, and texture while interpreting her personal experiences as an African American woman. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where you can often find her dancing in her living room with the samba music turned way up. This is her first book.