Lost Ocean: an Inky Adventure & Colouring Book / Johanna Basford
Toronto: PenguinRandomHouse, c2015
I love the new trend of adult colouring. I'm not exactly a convert to the idea; as noted by my earlier use of adult colouring, I've been a long-term fan.
But Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest & Secret Garden were really the beginning of the huge surge of popularity which colouring books are currently enjoying. I am seeing adult colouring everywhere! So I was really delighted to see a new book from Basford, called Lost Ocean.
Basford's books are different from other colouring books in a couple of ways. She adds in a treasure hunt, with items to find in all of the images listed in the front of the book (and a key to their location at the back in case you are totally frustrated...but don't look at it first or you'll ruin your fun!) There's also a foldout banner at the back so that you can colour in a long image -- I think that taking out this banner and making it into a table runner would make for a great party activity :)
The paper is good quality, though the images are double-sided, unlike some other colouring books that are set up to remove each image, and/or colour with markers which may bleed through. The images are so delicate and detailed in this book though, that I think nice pencil crayons or gel pens would be best to use anyhow. And some metallic pens, like the image on the cover suggests, would be fun with all the buried treasure here!
So if you're looking to jump on the adult colouring trend, this is a great choice -- for yourself or for Christmas gifts (throw in some pencil crayons too). This would be a great activity for those holiday hours.
(and, for my fellow Canadians, it is currently on sale for $10 at ChaptersIndigo - that's 54% off!)
ps - that is not an affiliate link. I don't have affiliates on this blog. I just think it's a great deal!