Colour Me Good Arrggghhhh!! is a 2013 British colouring-in book designed by Mel Elliott that features line drawings of scenes from 18-rated films such as The Shining, Hellraiser, Silence of the Lambs and A Clockwork Orange, as well as from Psycho and A Nightmare On Elm Street. It caused controversy in the UK when it was found to be listed on the Tesco supermarket website as suitable for five to eight-year-olds despite containing ‘really scary stuff’ and ‘more blood than you can shake a dagger at’.
As reported by the London Metro and many other newspapers, Chris Tuckwood, 56, from Derby, came across the book while looking for a birthday present for his seven-year-old grandson. ‘It was advertised as being suitable for kids from five to eight – I don’t think so,’ Mr Tuckwood said.
Tesco said the book, which has now been withdrawn from sale, had been placed on its website by a third party retailer.
But Mel Elliott, who runs publisher I Love Mel, commented: ‘The front cover of Colour Me Good Arrggghhhh!! features a drawing from the horror movie, Psycho in which a woman is stabbed to death in the shower. ‘I believe that this one image is a fairly large clue that this is not a book aimed at children.’
Third party retailer Prezzybox.com managing director Zak Edwards acknowledged the book ‘isn’t suitable for children’. ‘This mistake came to light in the national press, who rightly picked up upon this error. We apologise for this mistake.’
As we’re confident that seven year-olds won’t be reading moviesandmania posts, here’s a selection of drawings from the book, which you can still buy from Amazon.co.uk. As we’re nothing but big kids ourselves, we particularly like the inclusion of the Child-Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (he is scary!) and Monster Munch snacks.