Usborne make wonderful colouring books and this is really something special. Published in association with the National Gallery, this would make a wonderful gift for any child visiting, or who has visited, the gallery. It consists of several double pages, with a copy of a famous painting on one page, with some details about the artist, and a blank (or partially coloured) copy of the same picture opposite to be coloured in. There is Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, Senicio by Paul Klee, a detail from Surprised! by Henri Rousseau, Four Ballerinas by Edgar Degas, and far more. For the budding artist, there are lots of details about how artists achieved a certain style and advice on using soft pencils or chalks to achieve different textures. There is also a sticker gallery, for extra fun.
This really is a superb book for the slightly older child. My son is 7 and this was ideal for him. After completing the book we visited the gallery and he loved finding the paintings that he had coloured in. I think this is one of the best colouring books I have brought, with loads of great information and educational value, as well as being lots of fun. Highly recommended.