Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Coloring Book Review: Wonderland by Amy Shen



I have jumped into the deep end of the adult coloring trend.  I think a racing mind is a pretty common introvert problem and it's definitely an OCD problem - my head is very rarely a quiet place.  But I've found that coloring is one activity that really helps me turn off my thoughts.  If I'm coloring I can sit and watch an entire TV show without getting jittery or listen to an audiobook for longer than ten minutes without having to get up and DO SOMETHING.  It's a great way to relax and keep my hands busy and my mind occupied enough that it isn't running off in a billion directions (similar to sewing or painting or even processing and covering books for the library).  

All that to say, coloring has become one of my favorite hobbies and I'm always on the lookout for new coloring books.  I cannot express how thrilled I was to have a chance to review this one.  I wasn't familiar with Amy Shen before, but she has now joined Johanna Basford and Daria Song as a must-buy artist.  

Her illustrations are gorgeous and super intricate, which are my favorite to color.  I love lots and lots of tiny spaces to fill in.


Of course Pompom had to give it a good look too.  


I'm going to assume his snuggles means he loves it as much as I do.


I'm so glad that I had the chance to review this one.  It's just stunning, and a joy to color.  I've already finished the first pages, because I can't put it down and go to something else.  I also love that the author has included a story along with the book, so several pages have text.  It's her own take on Alice in Wonderland, so it is unique and new.  I'm really enjoying reading it as I color.

I highly recommend it if you're a fan of adult coloring books, especially if you're already a fan of artists like Basford and Song who do intricate and detailed drawings of fanciful settings.  And of course it has the bonus of being inspired by literature!

Thanks to Blogging for Books for providing me with a copy to review.


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