Published by Ikeda Bookstore on 17 August 2016
Style: Contains Extras, double page printing
Format: Glue & Stitched
Escape to a wonderland where a young girl and her cat explore different lands.
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Happy Wonderland Coloring Book Video Review
I hope you enjoyed the above video review of the Japanese coloring book, Happy Wonderland.
Happy Wonderland Coloring Book Review
When I seen the word “Wonderland”in the title I had to have this Japanese coloring book. Most readers know, I’m obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. So, imagine my confusion, when I realised that was not Alice on the cover but just a girl. The Wonderland is not from Alice’s story but a Wonderland of a country journey where the young girl travels with her cat. Despite the description and content of the book, there are still some illustrations in the book that make me think that Alice inspired this coloring book a little.
Cover & Layout
When you see Happy Wonderland online you may think it is larger than what it is in person. Often we bypass the measurements of a coloring book because we are so entranced by the cover. Happy Wonderland is small and landscaped sized.
To give you an idea of the sizing you can see it up against one of Johanna Basford’s books. I usually use Johanna’s books for this sizing indicator as most people are familiar with her work and it is available widely in stores.
The cover dust jacket features colored line art from within the book. You will see a young girl and the cat which are the central characters in this book. The illustration is indicative of the art work that you will find in the coloring book. The french flaps on the coloring book feature text in Japanese.
The coloring book proper is a white gloss card cover with yellow printing on it. The yellow line art of snacks complements the yellow spine, but is very difficult to see.
Happy Wonderland Coloring Book measures 14.8 cm x 21.2 cm ( 5.8in x 8.4 in approximately).
At the start of the book we are greeted with three lovely colored illustrations from within the book (two of which look very Alice in Wonderland to me!). This ends with a page showing thumbnails and text of the colored images. I presume it states how the picture was colored and gives some points, but the text is in Japanese.
The title page contains text and a pattern of flower wreaths. It would have been nice if this had been the cover art. An illustration of hanging baskets follows with a page in Japanese text. Presumably this is an introduction to the coloring book from the artist but as it is in Japanese I cannot say for certain. These preceding pages would be the best spot to test out your mediums at the front of the book. Alternatively, towards the end of the book there is a visual thumbnail index of 5 pages where you could test out mediums.
The illustrations in Happy Wonderland are printed on both sides of the medium quality, off white paper. Images have been orientated for the most part landscape but there are a couple of illustrations that are double page spreads orientated portrait style.
Within the book there are 38 pages of double page spreads. The line art does merge into the spine in these illustrations where it is quite tricky to color. With time, the book should relax a little more to make it more accessible to theses areas.
There is one double page spread that has a soft grey background pre printed on it.
Happy Wonderland Coloring Book Video Review Images & Illustrations
The illustrations in Happy Wonderland have been drawn in a very fine line and in a denim blue rather than black. These factors along with the small size of the book make it very difficult to see. If you have visual impairment this book is probably not for you. The art work for a lot of the elements is quite small and delicate making it a struggle to see even with my glasses on.
In Happy Wonderland we follow the journey of a young girl and a cat through the country side. We will visit different lands along the way. You will wander into Skyland high up in the clouds, fall down the hole into Forest Land (which is also where the cover art is located), swim with the sea creatures in Aqua Land and color the cat being hijacked by a bird in Jungle Land. There is a vast array of different types of things to color in including fantasy creatures like unicorns and mermaids (truly they don’t exist), scenes from nature including a vast variety of birds, an abundance of food including sweet treats and gingerbread houses and fun images like the marching band. However, the images are really, really small and I cannot help thinking that the book would be far more pleasurable to color if the images were larger.
Please click on an image to view more detail. Please note that even though the line art of the illustrations look black in photographs, in reality they are a denim blue.[foogallery id=”6320″]
At the end of the book there is a little treat. I have to say, I love the treats in Japanese coloring books. The illustrations are printed on slightly heavier perforated paper with one image per page. There is an illustration of a girl with a variety of clothes to color in. This reminds me of the paper dolls that I used to love as a child but there are no tabs to attach the clothes to the girl.
You will also find 4 bookmarks. Each bookmark has been separated with a guide line to cut out the image.
There are three postcards and finally there are 8 message tags 4 of which are printed 2 per page and one that is 4 per page.
Where to buy Happy Wonderland Coloring Book
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