Remember when adult coloring books became a national pastime? Coloring was hyped as the ultimate stress reliever, and every shop from the corner craft store to Target was brimming with coloring books. Whatever happened to that? If there was ever a year where we all needed a little extra relaxation, it’s 2020. And if you’re tired of ultra-detailed mandalas and whimsical swirls, we’ve got you covered. In honor of National Coloring Book Day (Aug. 2), we’ve rounded up a short list of some of the weirdest coloring books we could find. So dust off that deluxe set of markers, sharpen those colored pencils, and let’s get weird!
Unicorns Are Jerks: A Coloring Book Exposing the Cold, Hard, Sparkly Truth
Think unicorns are magical benevolent creatures made of glitter and light? Think again. This coloring book of — well, unicorns being jerks — is whimsically absurd and totally charming.
Thrill Murray (Coloring Book)
Here is the ultimate selection for the Bill Murray connoisseur. Just can’t get enough of “The Life Aquatic,” “Lost in Translation,” or “Ghostbusters?” Well now you can color The Murricane’s most iconic scenes (and we’d say it’s the perfect lockdown selection, since everyday feels like “Groundhog Day.”)
Cat Butts: A Coloring Book
Yes, this is real. No, we don’t know why. Whether you’re a fan of cats — like a really, really big fan — or you’re looking for a great gag gift, this irreverent selection is puuurrrfectly peculiar. And don’t miss its follow-up sequel Cat Butts in Space: A Feline Frontier. (Yes, this is also real. No, we still don’t know why.)
Drinking Animals Coloring Book: A Fun Coloring Gift Book for Party Lovers & Adults Relaxation with Stress Relieving Animal Designs, Quick and Easy Cocktail Recipes
The title pretty much says it all. Whip up a Cranberry Cosmopolitan or a Frozen Coconut Mojito with the easy DIY recipes within this quirky coloring book, then sip and unwind while coloring in your hipster animal counterpart. Cheers!
Art of Coloring: The Golden Girls: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity
Plenty of TV shows have companion coloring books, but there is something so wonderfully odd about seeing Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia in bold black and white. Whether you’re a fan of the show, or you just stan the indomitable Betty White, now you can add your own color to the Golden Girls world. And with flamboyant fashions like these — how can you resist?
F*ck Off, I’m Coloring! Swear Word Coloring Book
Need to really really blow off some steam? Here’s your chance to take your most colorful expletives and make them literally colorful.
The 1990s Coloring Book: All That and a Box of Crayons (Psych! Crayons Not Included.)
Grab your scented markers and your nostalgia goggles: It’s time for a blast from the past. We don’t know what exact ’90s references these pages contain, but since the cover features a Ring Pop, a VHS, snap bracelets, and a tamagotchi, we figure it’ll be pretty rad.
A former award-winning journalist with national exposure, Marissa now oversees the day-to-day operation of the Books Forward author branding and book marketing firm, along with our indie publishing support sister company Books Fluent.
Born and bred in Louisiana, currently living in New Orleans, she has lived and developed a strong base for our company and authors in Chicago and Nashville. Her journalism work has appeared in USA Today, National Geographic and other major publications. She is now interviewed by media on best practices for book marketing.