The Calligrapher's Colouring Book, Renee Chin
I know, I know, there's some serious market saturation going on with colouring books these days, but Renee Chin's offering has a very appealing point of difference; each page features a letter of the alphabet, numeral, or punctuation mark, so that after you've coloured them in you can piece the pages together and create your own name or inspiration/power-word for display. (Yes, mixing words and art is a sure way to get my attention.) I love that an ampersand has been included. There are also a few bonus pages that are compositions without representing any specific character.
In addition to looking for a colouring book with a point of difference, I'm interested in high resolution images. Inexpensive detail-colouring books are made more affordable because the
print quality is low -- with pixelation, blurring, banding or truncated
images. They also usually have poor quality binding. The Calligrapher's Colouring Book is well-bound and is a high quality print production. Another win with me is that the forest-themed pages all include something corresponding to the text (e.g. an Ibis on the letter I). I consider each page frame-worthy, either as part of a set, or on its own -- great for initials in a kid's room, or perhaps you could display your surname's grapheme in a family space. Elegant, artsy and of excellent quality. My only disappointment is that the pages aren't perforated!
Available officially today.
Review copy received from Hachette.
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