a book not a book? When it has an ISBN number, looks like
a book but is actually filled with pop out boxes! There are
thirty in here all ready to be pressed out and assembled.
But wait – there is something else to do first as one
side of the box is printed in color, but the other side is
drawn only so it can be colored in.
At the front and back of the book there is information about
the patterns. These were originally printed onto fabric and
designed by the author who works for Moda. As this is a book
ostensibly aimed at young girls there is a section here all
about how patterns are drawn, printed onto fabric and the
names for different patterns. I say ostensibly as there is
nothing childish about a book of useful gift boxes –
they are ideal for storing small items in around the home
or giving to people with small gifts inside. The card is not
very thick so anything going through the mail will need plenty
of protection, but they are fine as pretty containers. Each
page has one or two boxes plus a tag showing the box made
up and with a descriptive name. Patterns include flowers,
animals, stripes, spots and there are also several plains.
On the reverse the card is smooth rather than shiny and there
is a design of some type to color in. These are rather different,
showing people doing various things, clothing, woodland scenes,
little creatures or plants etc. The drawing is finely detailed
so sharp pencils or fine pens are needed. Felt pens don’t
bleed through as long as they are water based and not permanent
markers. Boxes have creases where to fold and you can have
the printed or colored side outwards as you choose. You won’t
find much in the way of assembly instructions but it is all
fairly simple to work out – younger children will need
some help however. Some reverses are blank for your own doodling,
a nice touch. In short, this is a book that is going to appeal
to adults as much as children and anybody fond of this designer’s
fabrics in particular.
If you cannot find a good range of coloring materials locally
for a list of suppliers.