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Publisher – Dover Publications
Illustrator – Marjorie Sarnat
Pages – 32
This book is a great size. A4 and around 30 pages, it’s a good size for intricate pictures and thin enough to be easily transported. As with all Creative Haven books, it is paperback, printed on lovely, smooth, white paper that is a good thickness for no bleeding.
Pictures are single sided, so no need to worry about bleed through with standard tools. Each page is also perforated, allowing for easy removal if needed.
Each picture has a blank 1cm border, along with the perforations, so no need to worry about not being able to finish the part of the picture in the spine.
I love cats. I think they’re wonderful. They are one of my favourite things to colour, so I had to have this book. Even being one of my favourite subject matters, I was impressed with this book.
Each of the thirty images features one or more cats in some sort of role. There are cats in a garden, cats as playing cards, cats relaxing in an armchair, cats in love, cats as hippies – this book covers a lot of different cat occupations and hobbies.
The pictures are reasonably intricate – it could take a few hours to finish one, and the lines are medium thickness. There is a good combination of large spaces and intricate spaces in each picture.
This book will not be one that you breeze through – it could take a few hours to finish one picture. It is something that can draw you in and give you something to focus on though, with the small details and large areas, it’s easy to lose track of time in this book!
If you aren’t a fan of colouring in scenes, and prefer patterns or mandalas, this book is not the right book for you, but otherwise, I think it could benefit people with pain issues!
The subject matter is cheerful, and I found it helpful while colouring to imagine the subject doing whatever it’s posed as – for example, a cat as a hippy, playing a guitar – and it was wonderful for distraction on days when my pain was bad, but my concentration was good.
I love the Creative Haven series, and this book is no exception. With the exception of people who love mandalas and patterns, I think anyone could get some enjoyment out this book. If you would like to purcahse a copy, it is available at the Book Depository via this link