2014-04-24 09.06.35I picked up “Coloring with Cell” from a conference recently. (On the last day, when all exhibitors are trying to get rid of their materials, and instead take back the top swag from other exhibitors…)

This book is a coloring book from Cell, full of cell biology images just waiting to be colored in. I did a few, so you can look at color images rather than the boring black and white ones.

2014-04-24 09.06.08

It’s pretty cute, but I couldn’t be bothered coloring in giant surfaces like the inside of that nucleus.

I’m not really the target audience of Coloring with Cell, though. The text in the book, and some of the pages (including the world’s easiest connect-the-dots puzzle) suggest that it’s meant for children. In that context, the images are far too complicated, though. No child will understand the sense of scale or where these cells and other bits actually exist, and it isn’t always well explained. But then again, this isn’t meant as an educational tool – just a fun coloring book. The most likely people to benefit from it are probably undergrads, who can see the fun in doing kids activities, and need to learn the parts of the cell.

Now, this was actually the second time I picked up this book at a conference. The first time, I gave it away to someone closer to the target age group. She was probably a bit too young, though, but nevertheless did a great job on this virus particle! Bonus points for the dog sticker.




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Carmen December 27, 2015 - 9:39 AM

NOt bad

kangxuemei January 11, 2016 - 2:34 AM

I like the book,and I want to buy it

Eva January 11, 2016 - 10:14 AM

It’s not for sale, it’s an ad for Cell. They’ve put the individual colouring pages on their website, though, so you can just print them out! http://www.cell.com/comics

kangxuemei January 11, 2016 - 2:35 AM


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