Disclaimer – I have not been paid or compensated for this review.
Publisher – Zifflin
Illustrator – Kerby Rosanes
Pages – 72
The book itself surprised me. What I had heard about it, the gushing reviews and gorgeous pictures I had seen did not seem to be represented in this A4, paperback book.
The book is well constructed – the spine is soft and flexible, even though no images go into the spine. The pictures are single sided, to avoid any bleed through.
My favourite feature is the paper. It is an odd type of paper – it feels like it is very thin and looks like it won’t hold much. However, using fineliners, textas and pencils did not cause any bleeding. It’s almost as if the paper soaks it up. I’m making a point of this, as I’ve seen a few people worried about the paper before they’ve tried it!
As the title states, it almost feels like an invasion. Everyday objects, invaded by little ghosts, random objects, animals and tufts of smoke/cloud.
A bottle filled with doodles? A castle overtaken by all manner of strange objects? Art supplies overrun by the very thing they were used to create?
The variety of images is lovely – while they have the underlying doodle theme, each image feels both seperate and inclusive.
As a book that’s illustrated by one person it does have a feeling of continuity, but not at all tedious. The images have medium line thickness and a good mixture of basic parts and more intricate parts.
The subject matter of this book is cheerful – it’s nice to see the oddity of a lightbulb under a ghost, a tuft of smoke escaping from a flower. Imagining the worlds these images come from are an escape.
The images are not overly intricate, nor terribly basic. This makes them great for any type of distraction needed – if you’re having trouble sleeping, or in pain.
If you prefer to colour patterns or mandalas, this may not be the book for you. There is little repetition, although the doodles within each picture make for a repetitive feature.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something fun and abstract to distract you, whether that’s from insomnia, pain or just because you want something new and different to colour!