by Julie Wolfson
Already on a roll with their t-shirts that raise money for good causes, Yellow Bird Project's recently-launched whimsical Indie Rock Coloring Book offers kids, and the music fans that care for them, many pages of fun and games.
From the psychedelic cover of a hand drawing an explosion of instruments and swirls topped with a bird head to the 31 pages of coloring and games, the book tempts kids to start playing and even singing along. Each page features a drawing by U.K.-based musician and illustrator Andy J. Miller and celebrates some of indie rocks favorite bands. The first pages offer a chance to color in a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! carnival and to find all of the birds in Devendra Banhart's beard.
Keep turning to find the faces of Rilo Kiley with instructions to draw in each band member's current hairstyle. For the Holly Throsby there is a word search with the lyrics to "Making a Fire". Miller also drew his impression of Andrew Bird whistling and a maze that challenges Broken Social Scene to reunite. As Matt Berninger from The National says, "This is the greatest coloring book since coloring was invented. I've decided to have kids just so I'll have somebody to give this book to."
The book raises money for several of the causes that Yellow Bird Project supports. As Rilo Kiley's Pierre de Reeder writes in the foreward the book is, "a great example of how you can turn your love for music and art into something that can really help."
Pick up a copy from Amazon.