This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.
I am definitely one of those people who is obsessed with adult coloring books. Growing up I owned every Tom Tierney historical fashion coloring book I could possibly get my hands on. (Or that I had allowance money for.) I would spend hours coloring; letting my mind wander and imagine where the people in the illustrations were going or what their life might have been like.
When adult coloring books began to emerge as a trend in the book world, I was enthusiastic about it. Michael got me my first one, which was a collection of mandala designs, and my collection has expanded since then. Now that I'm older I still use them to let my mind wander, but mostly in a relaxing, forget about the stress I'm feeling from everyday life type of wandering. (We all need a bit of that.) Even though I own a few I'm fairly selective about what I personally consider to be a "good" coloring book. (I fully recognize the beauty of other coloring books, they just might not be ones that I want to purchase and add to my own collection.)
I look for coloring books that have beautiful details, clean lines, whimsical illustrations, and are not simply pages of a small repeating pattern/design. (Mandalas are fun, I'm speaking more about a page covered in a million stars or a figurine backed by a detailed-yet-tediously-repetitive wallpaper. I don't feel like I'm explaining this well, but hopefully you get my gist.)
When I received Pop Manga Coloring Book by Camilla d'Errico from Blogging for Books, I was excited to see what would be inside. Where would it fall among my preferences?
The first thing I noticed was how immediately whimsical and unique the illustrations are. They make me think of a million different coloring options and really cause my creativity to flow. Many of them are so lovely I'd hang them on my wall as-is. In all honesty, I couldn't wait to start coloring.
My one complaint about the book is that some of the illustrations walk a line between a completed work and a flushed-out sketch - meaning some of the lines aren't as crisp and defined as I prefer. You also will not enjoy this coloring book if you do not like a decent amount of your coloring to be skin tones/people.
Do you enjoy adult coloring books? Do you have a favorite author/illustrator or favorite coloring book?
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