I’m very much a fan of Laurence King publishing’s unique selections in activity books. I’ve reviewed some here in the past. Their books tend to be imagination sparkers, more than just coloring, they provide a springboard to one’s imagination.
There’s a reason I’m not specifying children as the target market here. Their newest release by Scottish based artist Johanna Basford appeals to my grown up sense of wonderment as much as it does my seven year old daughter’s. Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure and Coloring Book is a sublime labyrinth of gorgeously detailed coloring pages, and yet it’s so much more.
The journey begins on the first page, where the reader is provided a key of images to be found within Basford’s amazing floral illustrations, hence the treasure hunt. The next level is the actual coloring. This book is not for the non-comittal or the scribbler. I’d recommend it for older kids and it is admittedly quite satisfying for adult use as well. Do not attempt this with anything but well-sharpened colored pencils; some areas are quite tiny and attention to detail is key. This is some serious coloring!
Among the 63 lush illustrations, Basford has included fun interactive challenges, such as adding some birds perched on her adorable scarecrow, completing some flowers with your own petals, adding design elements to simple flora, and several mazes. These activities are bound to ignite a blossoming (pun intended) artist’s interest in the design world.
Done well, each and every one of these pages is stunningly frame-worthy. My daughter and I have been having a blast collaborating on pages; those are keepers for sure!
Here’s a pretty peek inside the Secret Garden:
Due to popular demand, Secret Garden is sold at the publisher’s website, but is available below list price ($14.95) at Amazon and Barnes and Noble for just $10.76. This is a steal for days of thought provoking activity, not to mention a great gift idea!
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