Artist – Fabiana Attanasio
Publisher – Sterling
Pages – 80
As the first in a series of five (three to be released later in the year), this book has been designed to be part of a set. The cover is a primarily white matte card, with a collage of partly coloured images on the front cover.
The book is a good size at 25.7cm x 21.1 (10.1 inches x 8.3 inches) and 80 pages. The spine is both glue and string bound, providing great reinforcement. Some images do enter the spine, but the spine is quite pliable from first use and will loosen up with more use.
Images are double sided, but the paper is of moderate thickness. Waterbased markers shadow slightly, but I experienced no bleeding. Watercolour pencils will probably be ok with a small amount of water, although I haven’t tested this. Alcohol markers will bleed through onto the next images. I was able to achieve a good amount of layers with both oil and wax based pencils.
Included is an A2 sized poster in the back of the book – this is printed on similar paper to the book.
There is a video flipthrough at the end of this review.
There is no shortage of colouring books based on children’s stories at the moment, and to be frank, if I see one more Alice In Wonderland colouring book, I may scream. So this book was one I wasn’t planning on getting. However my mind was quickly changed after I saw a few images online. I wasn’t disappointed!
This colouring book begins with an abridged version of the classic story by J.M Barrie that spans 5 pages. The story is accompanied with some small images of various items seen later in the book – a teddy bear, some books, a treasure chest. This is followed by the full sized images, that illustrate the story.
There are 20 double paged images, and 32 single page images, along with the smaller images around the story. The style is consistent throughout, in a signature style.
The artist, Fabiana Attanasio, had created a wonderful iteration of a classic story, using a whimsical style of illustration and mix of images – there are a range of images, spanning close ups of characters, scenery, clusters of items, a group of amusing looking pirates. There is about five images that are primarily black background images, which makes for a nice change as you colour through the story.
Intricacy and line thickness are both consistent, and remain moderate throughout. There is a great variety of images that have large open spaces and others that are more detailed. None are what I would describe as very detailed.
Books that have a story theme are fantastic for those who suffer from pain or mental health issues. Any book that uses your imagination can be used to effectively distract or wind down from an anxious day, pain, or anything else.
There is a nice variety of people, natural elements, and other items. This book would be very suitable for those with low or fluctuating concentration levels, as you can choose to colour an entire page, or just one element, such as one character or some leaves if you are struggling to concentrate.
Line thickness is moderate to thin throughout, and should be suitable for those with vision impairments, however please do check the images or video flipthrough before deciding. Intricacy does vary throughout, but I think it would be suitable for anyone, as the artwork is adaptable to varying concentration levels.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review,
Fabiana Attanasio also has Alice In Wonderland available now, with Snow White, Pinocchio and The Wizard of Oz available in October.