Adult Coloring Book Reviews

Sumikko Gurashi Coloring Book Review

Sumikko Gurashi Coloring Book Buy on Amazon JP
by Inko Kotoriyama
on 17 December 2017
Style: double page printing, Paper: Medium to Heavy
Format: Glue Binding

Sumikko Gurashi  Coloring Book Video Review

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Sumikko Gurashi  Coloring Book  Review

Inko Kotoriyama has been busy creating coloring books for the San X group in Japan.    This coloring book is based on a character developed by an employee of San X.   These little characters have a gorgeous back story.    They are based on little characters that have had a sad life and have found each other.   They find comfort in corners where they will feel all snuggly and safe.

Cover & Layout

Sumikko Gurashi Coloring Book is smaller than the usual size of  coloring books measuring in at 22.5cm x 22.5cm.

The laminate dust jacket contains partially colored characters from the coloring book which have also been used on the glossy card of the book cover.

Ancillary Pages

Mint green protective pages have been placed at both ends of the book to protect the pages inside.

At the start of the coloring book there are 14 colored pages comprising tips, mediums and tutorials.   Unfortunately, these are written in Japanese so you may need to study the pictures in order to understand the tutorial.

A visual index is located at the end of the book which would be ideal to test out  your mediums.



Illustrations have been printed on both sides of the off white medium, sturdy coloring paper.   The paper has a light texture to it making it ideal for colored pencils.

There are 4 pages of double page scenes within the book.   The book is a little stiff in the binding at the moment, but should relax soon enough.

All of the art work has been orientated portrait style.

Art Work

The line art in this coloring book makes it suitable for fans of  Sumikko Gurashi and colorists of all ages and skill levels.     The simple, squashy characters feature throughout the coloring book with other elements to color.    As these are simple little outlines they would look great solidly colored or with blending and shading as well.

The little characters like to squish up in corners.   This gives the colorist opportunities to color surrounding areas like bricks, interiors and exteriors.

This is a fun book filled with cute little images and is not intended to be a high end art book.     Thick black .lines used to outline the characters and the medium lines used for other elements in scenes make it easy to see for colorists with a minor visual or motor impairment.


At the end of the book are 3 pages of postcards featuring characters from the book.

Detail Level


Where to buy Sumikko Gurashi Colouring Book

Amazon Japan Etailer

Happy coloring x


About Inko Kotoriyama

Inko Kotoriyama is a Japanese knitter, author and illustrator. This multi talented lady has produced a a number of knitting and coloring books during her career. Her illustrations and knitted works are cute and whimsical. She loves birds, particularly budgies and is writing a budgie comic.

About the author


I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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