Artist – Flora Chang
Publisher – Andrews McMeel/Posh Coloring Books
Pages – 128
At 128 pages, and smaller than most colouring book at 18.2cm x 24.3cm, this book would be perfect for taking to school or work, or the commute.
The cover is a glossy card, covered in full colour designs from the book in bright, eye catching colours.
The spine is lightly glue bound, and is firm enough to withstand travel without being too stiff. I found it quite flexible after just an hour of use. The images are designed to not enter the spine, so there is no need to wrestle with the pages to be able to colour the last section of an image.
The paper is of medium thickness, is bright white and has a small amount of texture. Coloured pencils lay down quite smoothly, although it is difficult to achieve more than a few layers. I experienced bleeding through the page with waterbased pens and fineliners, and a large amount of shadowing. This is a shame, as the images are double sided.
The artist, Flora Chang, has a very unique style, that has translated wonderfully to each of these pages. Each image, despite the theme or contents, is drawn in the same whimsical, cheerful style.
The images themes vary widely, from animals to people, to florals, to repeating patterns to a double page spread of portrait faces.
Line thickness remains consistent throughout the book at a moderate thickness. Some areas contain slightly thicker or thinner lines, but these fit in with the images and aren’t intrusive. Intricacy varies a little throughout, but on the whole, images are made up of larger areas and few detailed areas. Even full page spreads with repeating patterns have comparatively large spaces.
The whimsical style of illustration, combined with the lighthearted themes of the images makes this book a probably mood lifter. It is the perfect intricacy to colour without worrying too much about technique, just colouring.
The images are perfect for those who may struggle with their concentration levels, as the images and components are all quite simple, but not simple enough to be boring.
The intricacy and line thickness makes this book most likely very suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments. The larger areas and thicker lines are very forgiving, while still being appropriate for those without these issues.