This book intrigued me as soon as I picked it up. At 25.4cm x 20.3cm and 104 pages, it is a nice size for home or travel. The cover is a matte card, with a black background and a half coloured design from the book. The effect is striking.
The spine is glue bound, meaning that it can hold up to a bit of pulling/pushing without losing any pages. The paper is half black backgrounds and half white, and is of moderate thickness and texture. Coloured pencil layered easily and smoothly, and I experienced no bleeding with waterbased markers or fine liners. Alcohol markers will bleed, so be sure to pop a few pieces of paper behind the page you’re working on. Images are single sided and do not enter the spine. Pages are not perforated.
The tagline for this book is ‘A Fiddly Feline Coloring Book’ – and it lives up to its name. 25 different breeds of cats are illustrated in this book, featured twice each – once with a black background and once with a white, for a total of fifty images.
The images are illustrated by the same artist, adding to a feeling of consistency throughout. There are a huge amount of cats in this book, including a Sphynx cat, an Alley Cat and a Devon Rex to bring to life.
The nature of the illustrations mean that the intricacy is quite high. Images are quite detailed and full of small spaces to colour. The images with white backgrounds are more detailed than the black background as they contain light grey outlines. Line thickness remains consistent in the white background images at thin.
If you are a mad cat fan, or even just a little fond of them, this book would be a good distraction technique for you. The size of the images, along with the two types of image makes it suitable for those with fluctuating concentration levels. You can choose to do a section of one of the black background images or dive into one of the more intricate white background images if you have the concentration or need to be distracted.
The intricacy and line thickness means that this book probably isn’t suitable for those with vision or fine motor skills impairments, but as always, please check the images beforehand.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review! For more feline colouring, check out this review of Creative Cats.