Artist – Millie Marotta
Publisher – Batsford
Pages – 96
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The book is a square 25cm x 25cm, with a lovely white, black and metallic cover. The spine is a green, which looks great next to the blue and red spines of the previous two on my bookshelf!
The spine is glue and string bound, preventing any loosening of the pages! This does mean that it is a bit difficult to get to the centre of the images, although the spine does become quite pliable after a little use.
The paper quality is the same as Marottas’ previous books, bright white and slightly textured. Pencil does lay on the paper very nicely, and I was able to achieve quite a good amount of layers. I had no bleeding with fineliners or waterbased markers, although there was some shadowing. This is a shame as the images are double sided.
Those familiar with Marottas’ style will love this book – the images are the same style and design as her previous work. Within her style, there is quite a range of images however, so it’s unlikely you’ll get bored of this book!
Looking through this book feels like going on a walk through a zoo – in the best way possible! Each page turn reveals a new beast, or scene – an armadillo, a flock of birds, a pair of giraffes having a drink, a regal lion and so much more.
There are a variety of styles throughout this book – some pages are simply an animal made up of leaves/flowers, others are a more complex scene, others still are a repeating pattern.
Images are a mix of double and single page spreads, with most being single page spreads – the double page spreads are more frequent than her previous books however!
Like other books, there are a handful of pages that give you the opportunity to add embellishments to the image. I know many people don’t like this feature, and it seems Marotta was listening – these images no longer have any writing or instructions on them. There is merely a less intricate copy of an image on the facing page of the original. I’ve included an example below!
Line thickness remains moderately thin throughout, with little variance within images. Intricacy is moderate – some images have quite a lot of smaller spaces, with others having larger spaces allowing you room to blend and shade.
I always love nature/animal themed books for mental health issues – the subject and the colours that are used tend to be very calming and give you something cheerful to focus on. This book is no exception, colouring the images and focussing on the scenes certainly helped me get through a bad day or an anxious night.
The intricacy level makes it a great book to help distract from pain or other health issues, as it’s not so intricate as to put you off, but just intricate enough to me you focussing on the image in front of you. It’s great for varying concentration levels as well, as the range of scenes and patterns makes it easy to choose an image to suit your mood and concentration at the time.
I think those with fine motor or vision impairments may find the images a little tricky, but please do check the images before you decide!
For more delightfully designed animal images, read my review of Wildscapes via this link!