Comics : Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book and Crayons

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This review was first published on: 2007.

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Like most of the activity books in this HarperCollins series tying into the Spider-Man 3 movie, this book is 8.25" wide by 10.75" tall.

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Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book and Crayons
Mar 2007 : SM Title
Find ISBN 0060837268
Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers
Creator:  Sadie Chesterfield
Pencils:  Steve E. Gordon
Inker:  John Sazaklis, Scott Richards
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Like the Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book and the Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book and Stickers in this series, there's a good number of puzzle pages in here. Only about a quarter of the pages are simple "color me" pages. There's crosswords, spot-the-difference, mazes, quite a few code puzzles and word puzzles, plus a few join-the-dots. All the answers for the word puzzles are given in the back, naturally.

There's little to choose between the style content of this book and its two sisters. They all have the same mix of puzzles and coloring. I didn't spot much overlap between this book and the other two, if any at all. Nearly all of the pages in this book appear to be in this book only.

Like the Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book and Stickers this crayons book is printed on cheap newsprint paper. That makes sense from one point of view, each book has something special - one has crayons, the other stickers, and the other has high-quality paper. They can all sell for the same price, and people can decide which extra feature they prefer.

The crayons themselves are nice big chunky crayons. I got red, blue, brown and black. I have no idea how I'm supposed to color the Green Goblin using those colors. Crayons are nice, but the limitation to four colors is pretty crippling, making the "special feature" of this book pretty dubious.

In General...

Decent, clean artwork. But the lower grade paper is hard to ignore after seeing the clean white paper of the Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book. Plus, the four colors are so very limiting.

Overall Rating...

The Brown Goblin? Brown and Brown stripes on Sandman's sweater? I think I'm going to have to give a slightly below-average two and a half webs here. The crayons look good a first glance, but what can you really do with no green?