I am an unashamed, outspoken child of the 80s, a card carrying member of Generation X. So I never understood nostalgia for any other decade, especially the 90s. What did Gen Y ever have to offer? Bunch of whiny kids in flannel who don’t wash and listen to bad music rassin’ frassin’ kids these days mumble mumble…
Then I started flipping through The 1990s Coloring Book : All That and a Box of Crayons (Psych! Crayons Not Included) and started to realize that maybe 90s nostalgia isn’t as far-fetched as I believed. This book reminded me in a simple line-drawn easy-to-color format that the 90s gave us Rico Suave, Hypercolor tees, rollerblades, and Pogs! It allowed me to design and color my own Beanie Babies; find Carmen Sandiego amidst a swarm of Waldoes; and recall the refreshing flavors of Crystal Pepsi, Zima, and Surge (eeeew…Surge).
The 1990s Coloring Book actually succeeds as an activity book where so many other parody books fail: you can actually color this book! Too often, the pictures are overly drawn making coloring inside the lines a chore, but the simple illustrations by author/artist James Grange are fun to look at and easy to recognize despite their limited detail.
While I still hold to the fact that the 1980s were the greatest years in recent history, The 1990s Coloring Book has at least opened my eyes to the fact that everyone’s childhood has its own
awesome dope memories to reflect back on. If you’re a member of Generation Y, break out your Crayolas and commence coloring your own memories.
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