A gorgeously illustrated storybook for readers to color and enjoy as both a coloring book and a book to share with a child as a keepsake.
Coloring book queen Johanna Basford has created a new coloring book based on a story she told her daughter. Based on a little girl named Ivy who stumbles upon a secret door leading to the magical world of Enchantia. Follow Ivy as she embarks on a quest through its many realms in pursuit of her inky butterfly, meeting whimsical characters and discovering many wondrous things along the way. A charming story that interacts playfully with beautiful, colorable artwork in Johanna's signature style.
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Johanna Basford has entranced us with her art since she first created Secret Garden. Her following books Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean and Magical Jungle followed on a format that her fans know so well. The cover was consistently decorated with gold foil highlights and the books followed an illustrative story type theme.
By 2016 when Johanna’s Christmas was released there was a change in format and design. The illustrations did not follow the set “story” as her previous books and had a more organic theme. The pages were printed on one side only of the paper.
Now in 2017 Johanna is giving us something completely different and I am over the moon excited. Her new book, Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is due for release in October 2017 and combines a true story with the beautiful inky style that we know so well.
What I am truly excited about is that this book is moving from the predominantly nature based themes of her earlier books and showing us a lot of the adorable imagery that she captured in parts of Johanna’s Christmas.
The intricate interior images, so different from most of Johanna’s work, leave me waiting to see more. As the title of the book and the theme of the book focuses around a butterfly I imagine that the book will combine images from Ivy’s home to more nature based images as she journeys her way through the magical world of Enchantia. There is one thing that I will be looking for when I see the book, will Ivy be drawn. Johanna has previously stated that she does not like drawing people. I wonder if for this keepsake style book if Johanna is making an exception or if the book shows the essence of Ivy but not a fully drawn figure. Time will tell 🙂
You can see my review of Ivy and the Inky Butterfly – A Magical Tale to Color here
Happy coloring x