Review: Colouring the Lion City by William Sim

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Miss Cai”][vc_column_text]I absolutely LOVE this book. When I first picked up William Sim’s Colouring the Lion City, the the words of Carly Rae Jepsen rang in my head: I really really really really like you…

You may have realized… Colouring books for adults are the rage these days; they’re not just for the kiddies anymore! Since early last year, I’ve been through a few… the Mandala Coloring Book, Color Me Calm, the Mindfulness Colouring Book, Doodle Invasion, Fill-me-In, Indie Rock Colouring Book and Fabulous Flowers.

So I was really, really, really, really happy to find out that Singapore would be having its very own version too! Check it out in my short video below:


The visuals- 46 pages in all- are whimsical and trippy, featuring well-loved cultural icons of our country like the National Museum of Singapore (personally my all-time favourite museum), Colbar (aka Colonel Bar… you have to make the trip to try their Hainanese Pork Chop, which isn’t listed on the menu!), Raffles Hotel (named after Sir Stamford Raffles of the British East India company), Haw Par Villa (my favourite local theme park when I was very young) and more.

If I had to nitpick, I’d say my one and only criticism for this wonderful paperback is that some landmarks may not be immediately recognised, so it would have been a nice touch to indicate their names accordingly. Or perhaps come up with a glossary or page index at the end of book, since Singaporeans may just gift this to overseas friends as well.

Still, Sim’s original illustrations are quirky and imaginative, with friendly robots and futuristic machines all creatively incorporated into these famous sights. So this very reasonably priced activity book easily works as an enjoyable family activity too, for parent and child to pull out their markers/ crayons/ colour pencils and start adding colour and life to it together.

High recommended. Colouring the Lion City (published by Marshall Cavendish International Asia) would make an excellent gift to visiting friends, as well as, a thoughtful birthday/ Christmas present to the aspiring artist or hobbyist… not forgetting the super stressed out person at work. LOL. I wonder… Can we expect a Part 2?

Pretty much how I feel leaving the library with an armload of books

Get your copy from all good bookstores today!

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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