Kerby Rosanes taps into
the gothic world in his latest coloring book. For those unfamiliar
with his style it is intricate, beautiful, quirky, busy and
makes you look, and look again! On the front cover there is
the caption “An extreme colouring and search challenge”
which puts it in a nutshell, for as you color in the nineteen
pictures (plus This Book Belongs To page) there are things
to find. Turn to the back of the book for a double page spread
showing all of them and see how many you can spot. If you
get stuck there are also pages of answers, a useful feature.
The book has bright white paper with the images printed on
only one side of the page so you can use felt tips with a
light hand if you put some paper underneath while you work.
The paper is thin to medium weight, fairly smooth quality
so I would not advise using markers like Sharpies or paint.
Some of the 9¾” square pictures vanish into the
spine but this book does open fairly flat being quite thin;
there are no dotted lines for easy removal. All of these images
are on one page, there are no two page spread this time so
the pictures could be mounted on a wall in groups. I would
personally love to see a larger format edition as has happened
with some of Mr Rosanes’ other titles; these pictures
are great small but would look even better large! Choose from
a skull erupting into butterflies, a clockwork spider in a
decorated web, steampunk cat, beetles made from jewels and
a forest made from fancy swords. Everything is drawn as usual
in pen with not a pixel in sight and nice, visible black lines
for many hours of coloring pleasure. One of the best series
of coloring books around.
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