by Yumiko Tezuka
on July 2016
Beautifully illustrated story of Alice in the Mirror Kingdom.
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The Coloring Book – Alice in Wonderland Video Review
I hope you enjoyed the video review of the Japanese coloring book, The Coloring Book – Alice in Wonderland
The Coloring Book – Alice in Wonderland Review
As regular readers will know, I adore Alice in Wonderland. It’s my favorite fairy tale of all time. I have so many Alice in Wonderland Coloring Books and I’ll never stop buying them because …. I love Alice 🙂 One day I will collect them all into a pile and try and work out which one I have the most love for. When I do, I am pretty sure that this Alice in Wonderland Fairy Tale Coloring Book will be close to the top of the list, if not the favorite. I know that there are some readers that do not love Alice (I have heard the rumors 🙂 ). If that is the case, then surprisingly, you may actually like this book. Alice is only a minor character and only makes cameo appearances in this quirky Alice-inspired coloring book.
Cover & Layout
The colored fold-out dust jacket on Alice in Wonderland Coloring Book features a colored image of Alice by a dresser laden with goods including balls of wool, books, and cute flowers. You will also see a black rabbit picture and a doll with a crown next to a hearts playing card. This illustration is also in the book for you to color in and enjoy as well. The blue border that surrounds this image is exactly the shade of blue that I always imagine Alice’s dress to be. The image is presented as a picture that is slotted within a frame used in scrapbooking or photo albums. The blue color has also been used on the spine that has text solely in Japanese on it.
On the back cover of the dust jacket, there is an adorable partially colored house featuring a garland of decorated eggs above it from the Egg Tree. This cute image is also included in the book as line art.
On each of the fold-out flaps of the dust jacket is a colored image. A young girl carrying flowers at the front, presumably Alice without her usual outfit and a cute little bunny at the end.
The gloss card cover that contains the book features the imagery from the dust jacket as line art for you to color in.
The coloring book of Alice in Wonderland measures 25cm x 25cm approximately.
The book opens with a title page that the text is surrounded by an elaborate wreath of flowers. A partially hidden message card reads “for you”. This Wreath of Gift is also printed a few pages over sans title for you to color in. This is a great place for you to test out your mediums.
A two-page Introduction follows with flowers drifting behind the young girl as she progresses into the story. Text is printed on one page in Japanese.
As we often see in Japanese and Korean coloring books the imagery is used to start and conclude a coloring book. In this one, a beautifully decorated door and the text in English denotes the “Entrance of the Story”. Two lovely floral wreaths with a “for you” message card follow before we move into the quirky world of Alice.
There are 6 pages of visual thumbnails at the end of the book which have been labeled.
Illustrations are printed on both sides of the cool white, good quality, medium-weight paper. The paper has a light texture to it making it useful for pencils.
Most of the illustrations are orientated portrait style but there is a double-page spread that is orientated landscape style.
Throughout the book, you will find 28 pages of double-page scenes. Initially, the bookbinding is quite tough to relax, but once I flexed my muscles I was able to push the binding down so it lays down now very well.
The illustrations in this book, particularly with the double-page scenes have generally been positioned very well. Care has been taken to ensure that the area, for the most part, near the spine is avoided with lien art for ease of coloring.
The Coloring Book – Alice in Wonderland Images & Illustrations
Even colorists that do not share my love of Alice I am sure will like this book. It is filled with cute and quirky illustrations and only a few truly “Alice” illustrations.
You can enjoy coloring the carousel horses in the Dream of A Merry Go Round or wander into the Forest of Mushroom, admire the cute little bunnies in the Clockwork Rabbit Herb Garden, or color the cute Villas in the Small Garden atop a tortoise and a snail. There’s also the chance to attend the Mad Tea Party or watch the costumed rabbits do the Marionette Dance.
There is a flamingo tree and an Egg Tree to color when you have visited the Knick Knack Store of a Sheep. There are pieces from Alice’s Chess set and a Garden of Talking flowers.
One of my favorite illustrations is the double-page scene of cakes from the Pastry Brothers Sweet Party. You will also find cute cats throughout the book as well as other animals including sheep, hedgehogs, and of course, rabbits (not the white one though).
Fans of coloring gemstones will love the two pages from the Queen’s jewelry bo and if you like underwater scenes you may enjoy coloring the bottom of the pond.
The line art is black and crisp and a medium eight with fine lines and texture added to the drawings.
Colorists that have minor visual impairment may be challenged with the amount of detail in each drawing. Whilst there are some images with large open spaces within them, the bulk of the imagery does have a lot of detail. It may be a book worthy of using your magnifying lamp on if you have one or just coloring a small area at a time.
If you love doing backgrounds, you will find that there are several pages that would look even better with some background pizzazz.
As we often expect from Japanese coloring books there is a little treat at the end. Printed on beige cards there are 4 little message tags for you to cut out and color in. The tags are not perforated but a guideline has been provided.
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Happy coloring x
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