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

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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.

In Detail...

Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book and Stickers
Mar 2007 : SM Title
Find ISBN 0060837276
Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers
Creator:  Allyson Corbett
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 Crayons 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.

Unlike the Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book, this sticker book is printed on cheap newsprint paper. I guess the idea was to balance out the extra cost of the stickers, allowing both books to be released with the same pricing. Even so, it's a bit of a shame.

The stickers themselves are contained in a centrefold spread and consist of 30 "full-color" stickers, though the colors have been tinked with a bit to make them look a bit more "funky" rather than natural. The stickers don't claim to be re-usable, and on this cheap paper I wouldn't give you much chance of removing them cleanly after placing them.

While all of the artwork appears to be newly created for this series, there is some overlap between the artwork in the books - but not a complete overlap. Picking two books at random, I'd say less than a quarter of the pages are duplicated in both books. One of the crosswords is duplicated, which is a bit of a shame - duplicating a coloring page you can at least color it twice. But once you've done a crossword, you've done it, and a reprint is of very little value.

In General...

This book sells for US $5, presumably 3 pounds in the UK, same as the Spider-Man 3: Coloring and Activity Book. There's not much to choose between the two, one has higher quality paper, the other balances it out with a couple of pages of stickers.

Overall Rating...

It's hard to overlook the lower grade paper. I'm going to have to nudge this down to an average-grade of three webs.