Coloring books are a thing of the past. Kids today aren't as thrilled by a basic coloring book as children a generation ago. That is because these children have been spoiled by all the fantastic new methods of coloring using the computer or with fancy markers and pens. While you might get away with a coloring book and crayons for a long car trip, don't expect your school age children to sit quietly at the table coloring pictures the old fashioned way - there is a something better around, and they know it.
Today most homes have a printer on hand and that makes it fast and easy to use online printable coloring pages. They don't take much ink either so you can find the value is there all the way around. If you don't have a printer at home you can often use those at the local library to print the coloring pages for a very small fee.