Artist – Lulu Mayo
Publisher – Michael O’Mara Books
Pages – 64
The size of this book is great for travelling with, it fits perfectly into a bag or desk at 23cm x 18cm and 64 pages. The cover is matte card with and assortment of designs from the book, in a limited colour palette. The cover has accents of gold, giving it a luxurious feel and look.
The spine is glue and string bound – adding to its perfect portability, as this binding means that the pages are a lot firmer. This does mean that some of the images enter the spine, but the spine is quite pliable.
Pages are double sided, which is a shame. The paper is bright white and lightly textured. Coloured pencils lay down smoothly and easily. I experienced shadowing and some light bleeding with both fineliners and waterbased markers, so I would recommend only pencils for this one.
Now, I’m just going to say this upfront. There are not a million cats in this book. Including the front and back covers, there are 204 cats. But, that is still a whole lot of cats for a 64 page book!!!
The artist has managed to create a book full of a wide variety of illustrations, but still make it cohesive, both through her art style, and of course, the addition of cats. There are cats hiding in a skyline of London, in a living room scene, in a page of flowers.
Intricacy does vary a little throughout, with some images containing lots of small, detailed areas and some mainly larger areas. Line thickness varies form thin to moderate throughout, and this fits in quite nicely with the style of illustration.
If you are a cat fan, or like a range of whimsical scenes, this book will suit you. The imagery is great for distraction, and engaging your imagination.
The book may suit those with fluctuating concentration levels, as there is a variety of intricacies. The images are the type that have natural stopping points – you can colour one building, flower or cat if your concentration is low, or you can finish an entire page if you are having an easier time concentrating.
The book will probably not be suitable for those with vision and fine motor impairments. The line thickness and detailed areas mean that it is difficult to see some of the lines and areas of images. As always though, please check the images before making up your mind.
For more whimsical animal artwork, have a read of my review of Creative Haven Curious Creatures here.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review