Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Time Garden, a Magical Journey, by Daria Song

Adult coloring books are all the rage right now, and why not? Coloring is fun and helps to relieve stress. It's about time that someone designed some coloring books for us "big kids". ;) The Time Garden is marketed to middle school aged children and up, but is perfectly suitable for kids and adults of all ages. It is exquisitely  done! The dust jacket is actually like a heavy duty coloring page, with beautiful, metallic text and scattered metallic leaves. The story, explained in more detail below, is what you make of it, which is nice, and stirs the rusty imagination.

I wasn't drawn to a lot of the pages, unfortunately. While some were imaginative, very detailed,  and "artsy", others were rather sparse and seemed monotonous to color. This was a disappointment, but I still enjoy the book. The Time Garden would make a great gift, especially for patients in the hospital, those who are home bound, or for anyone. 

This book gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.

More about the book:

A dazzlingly beautiful coloring book for all ages, The Time Garden will sweep you away into a whimsical cuckoo clock–inspired world, created in intricate pen and ink by the internationally best-selling Korean artist Daria Song. 

Journey through the doors of a mysterious cuckoo clock into its inky innerworkings to discover a magical land of clock gears, rooftops, starry skies, and giant flying owls—all ready for you to customize with whatever colors you can dream up.

Cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll wonder, was it all a dream?

The Time Garden features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.

Then, explore the magical world outside the clock through the eyes of a fairy in the sequel, The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book

Published by Watson-Guptill
Sep 01, 2015 | 80 Pages | 9-13/16 x 9-13/16 | Middle Grade (10 and up)

More about Daria Song: 

DARIA SONG is an author and artist with a master’s degree in fiber arts from the Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Fine Arts. Winner of the Kyung Hyang Arts Contest, Song has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in Korea, Singapore, Turkey, and Hong Kong. She is a lecturer at the Kaywon School of Arts and her illustrations can be found in Amore Pacific and SK Planet. She spent five years of her childhood in San Francisco before returning to Korea, and the sense of wonder and mystery that comes from living in a far-off place inspired her internationally best-selling adult coloring book, The Time Garden.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for my review copy. 

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