Title: Wonderland: Alice’s Adventures
Author: Amy Shen
Publisher: Watson-Guptill (division of Random House, Inc.)
Genre: Adult Coloring (96 pages)
Inspired by the classic story of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, Amy Shen provides 96 pages of whimsical fun as she transforms the story into a personal experience for creative coloring. Text blurbs told in 1st person immerse readers in a journey through Wonderland, introducing characters such as the DoJo Bird and the Cheshire Cat.
Coming in at approx. 12” square, these pages are filled to the brim with exquisitely detailed scenes. I must confess that at first glance, many of the pages were overwhelming. I wasn’t sure where (or how) to start coloring, but once I actually dove in, the patterns were beautiful. While some of the areas were very small and difficult to use anything but a (very) sharp colored pencil, the intricate patterns definitely made me slow down and concentrate—a much welcomed change of pace from my typically rapid responses necessary for life with toddlers.
One of my favorite features in this book is the scroll of hidden puzzles. Readers are challenged to located five different objects within the various pages of the book. This brain break was very welcomed amid the story line and busy pages.
As for the designs, I appreciated the variation between white space for creative additions and designs to fill. There were many places for me to express my own interpretation of the text blurbs without feeling pressure that I would “ruin” the book.
Again, I must admit many of the pages felt very cluttered with patterns—personally, I would have preferred larger images with more room to color. I often felt like I
was outlining more than I was coloring because the spaces to fill were so small.
(Note: my son took a better approach and just colored to his little heart’s desire,not worrying about varying colors or patterns as much. Ah, to be a toddler again without a care in the world for what is “supposed to be right”.) After a while, the pages also began to feel slightly repetitive in nature—the characters featured differed, but the patterns found within them did not.
Although my complaints make it appear I was simultaneously overwhelmed and bored, I must admit I enjoyed this coloring book. As an English teacher turned SAHM, I have a deep appreciation for anything making classic literature culturally “cool.” I would recommend this coloring book to a friend (with good eyesight and excellent hand-eye-coordination), but I feel like this author could produce even better works. Honestly, I can’t contain my excitement for a future book if Amy Shen could produce a coloring book for a text like The Jungle Book or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
“I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.”