Literary Paraphernalia: Adult Coloring Books

As soon as adult coloring books became a thing (I really don’t know what defines “a thing” – I just know that everyone I know is talking about them), I wanted to do a post taking a look at the trend.

What I was really curious about was what made a coloring book “adult” versus one for kids or one for all ages. The general answer seems to be that adult color books are a heck of a lot harder to color because the lines are a lot closer together and the coloring area is fairly small.

But, a more fun answer is that the subject matter changes. Children’s color books tend to be about, say, monsters. Adult coloring books are about dinosaurs getting high (featured later in this blog post, so I won’t link it here). Now, if you’re interested in adult coloring books, you can always head down to your local chain-market and make a purchase of something generic filled with flowers or birds or what have you, or you can check out these adult coloring books from Etsy.Com, support an artist, and have a truly unique coloring book.

Without further ado, here’s a crap-ton of amazing adult coloring books I found on Etsy.Com. For funsies, I’m going to list these as most all-ages friendly to least all-ages friendly. So if you want the raunchy stuff, skip to the end.

You’re Weird: A Coloring Book for Strange Creatures of All Ages

Damn right I am.

This little coloring book has 20 pages total with hand-drawn and hand-lettered pictures, ranging from the adorable (a puffy cat saying woof) to the sweet (a page telling us to “stay strange” covered in funky characters). Weird children and weird adults alike, and even those who aspire to be weird and aren’t quite there yet, can buy themselves a version of this book and have fun with it.


Flat Faced Friends: A Pug & French Bulldog Coloring Book

It’s like all the cutest pictures of pugs on the internet came together and turned into a coloring book!

Even if you’re not a dog person, you’re going to want to fill these pages with color. Seriously. Look.

They are like Pokemon – not in that they are animals, but for the compulsive need to collect them all and fill them in with strange colors.

A to Z of Unicorns

Fat unicorns are the best unicorns.

I may have a soft spot for unicorns, as my best friend and godchild have an affinity for them. I know they’d both dig this coloring book, and I figured a lot of you would too.

I can see myself finding my zen while coloring a fat unicorn in a pretty garden.

Cthulhu Coloring Book

Remember, he’s running for office, people. Cthulhu 2016: Why vote for the LESSER of two evils?

Ah, the dark lord. Of course he needed a coloring book. If you’re a Lovecraft fan, or, you know, just a fan of dark lords in general, you can’t go wrong with this fairly nonthreatening (aka, misleading) Cthulhu coloring book.

And it comes with bonus zombies! What more could one ask for?

Ariel: Poems by Sylvia Plath

While I’m not a fan of Plath, I’m a huge fan of the fact that there’s a freaking coloring book based on a poem!

Tell me this isn’t cool. This is super cool. If you wanted to be recognized as both a fan of adult coloring and poetry, you can’t go wrong with this coloring book. You probably also get some feminism points in there, too, depending on your color scheme.


Slaughterhouse-Five: The Coloring Book

Alright, so, this might now be my favorite coloring book based off of a piece of literature. Sorry Plath.

Have you ever found yourself reading Slaughterhouse-Five thinking, “man, what I’d REALLY love to do after finishing this novel for the fifteenth time is color. I wish Slaughterhouse-Five came in coloring book form.” Well, this product is then for you! Rejoice!


Whales Getting Drunk

Finally, an animal with hobbies that parallel mine.

I’m not sure what the inspiration of this coloring book is, whether the creator Shahrzad Ghadjar witnessed whales getting drunk at SeaWorld maybe or perhaps on a whale watching cruise, but I approve.

Is it weird that this page reminds me of the random quotes about whales that preface Moby-Dick?
Note that the color book informs you of what kind of alcohol the whales are drinking in the image. I assume it’s so you can join them with their drink of choice.

Dinosaurs Smoking Weed

Right now this coloring book is only legal in a handful of states, but people hope if Sanders gets elected into office, it will be made federally legal and available everywhere.

Creator Shahrzad Ghadjar has a pretty specific motif, it seems: large animals and mind-altering substances. Personally, I’d rather drink wine with whales, but if weed with dinosaurs is your thing, rest assured, there is a coloring book that exists for you.

Note, this coloring book lets you know the vape pen the dinosaurs are using to get high. I’m pretty sure dinosaurs and vape pens did not exist at the same time, but I must be wrong because the coloring book says it’s so.

Sex Positions Coloring Book: Playtime for Couples

Well, this coloring book certainly puts the “adult” in “adult” coloring book.

This X-Rated coloring book is probably the most expensive of the coloring books featured in the blog today, but it’s also one of the, ahem, BIGGEST at 104 pages long. This Etsy shop even has the option for extras. Want to personalize the book? They’ll write any name you want inside of the book for you. Want to make your, uh, pictures more realistic? For the low-low price of $4, they’ll include a box of multicultural flesh-toned crayons.

I’m not going to include any more pictures of this one, because naked, and sex.

20 Swears

F*ck yeah!

This digitally downloadable coloring book is probably my favorite, if only for teaching me new ways to be profane. I also love that I can print out as many of one profane term as many times as I want to color again and again. Be enchanted by such beautiful classics as:

An@l
Bullsh*t
F*ck a duck
Kn0b Cheese
Thunder C*nt
Tw*t Waffle
and Wank Sta*n.

But that’s not all! No, really. There’s some pretty good ones on there.

Have any favorite adult coloring books? Share in the comments! Links are welcome.

Amanda Riggle
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Amanda Riggle

Managing Editor at The Poetics Project
Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.

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