by Johanna Basford
Published by Virgin Books on August 11th 2016
Style: Contains Extras, double page printing, Interactive
Format: Card cover with fold out, Dust Jacket, Glue & Stitched
From the international bestselling coloring book illustrator comes a beautiful new colouring book that takes you on a wondrous expedition through the jungle.
Follow Johanna Basford down an inky trail through the Magical Jungle and discover a forgotten world of flora and fauna just waiting to be coloured in. Explore an exotic rainforest teeming with creatures large and small. Encounter speckled tree frogs and dainty hummingbirds, prowling tigers and playful monkeys. Let your imagination run wild in the leafy treetop canopy or find yourself drawn to the delicate world of sensational blossoms and tropical plants below. There are ancient relics to be found along the way, each one leading toward the mystical treasure hidden at the heart of the magical jungle.
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Magical Jungle Coloring Book Review
****Giveaway Instructions**** Closed!
I think this is a lovely book and I’d love for you to be able to enjoy this book as much as I do. I have one copy of this book to giveaway. All you need to do to enter is be over 18 years of age and leave a comment below. There is one entry per person. The giveaway is open to all worldwide. The giveaway will end at 5.00 pm 28 September 2016 (Sydney, Australia timezone) and a random winner will be selected.
Extra entries can be obtained by:
1. leaving a comment on the You Tube video for this book review here and/or
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You will be notified within 48 hours after the giveaway ends via the email address you provided. The winner will be announced on my blog and You Tube channel. If the winner does not claim their prize within 3 days by contacting me and providing shipping address to me at that time, then another random winner will be drawn.
The giveaway prize is for 1 (one) copy only of this book only and is not redeemable for cash or exchange. The winner will either receive the UK edition of the book or the US edition subject to their location. The winner should note that prizes usually take approximately 2 weeks to be dispatched and delivered to you, depending on your location and availability of stock.
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Good luck ….now let’s get to the review!
Magical Jungle Coloring Book Review & Giveaway
I have to confess that I almost did not buy Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford. As most of you know I am a colorer on my training wheels and, at the moment, I find all the fiddly bits in Johanna’s work both beautiful and intimidating. I was not a fan of the concept of a jungle book and had difficulty thinking how the illustrations would look in the book. Suffice to say that I’m glad that I put aside my preconceptions because I think that Magical Jungle will end up being my favorite coloring book by Johanna Basford. Whilst I adore Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest and Lost Ocean they have a lot of small details, that is not only difficult for me visually, but also very intimidating.
Cover & Layout
The cover follows the same design concepts as Johanna’s previous books. An ivory dust jacket is printed with black line art and gold foil highlights. The spine is black with with white text and some sprinkles of foil highlights. The back cover consists solely of line art with the book blurb in the middle.
The dust jacket is also printed on the reverse side giving the colorist ample coloring opportunities. The flap is black with white line art. You could color that with some fine liners or gel pens but really there is so much to color in the book that there is probably little need to do so.
The card cover on the book is a lovely lime green with black line art on both sides of the card.
The title page consists of a lovely wreath of florals and a parrot perched on a leaf. Inside the title name has been decorated in a “leafy” style. The copyright page contains all the essential details of the book within a frame of leaves and butterflies. The printing information discloses that this book was printed and bound in Italy.
A lovely nameplate page follows with decorative artwork containing birds and leaves.
As in all Johanna’s books there are things to find as you color your way through the book. In the book you are tasked with finding a number of different types of animals and insects that may make multiple appearances in the book.
Over page an introduction and some tips are given.
All of the ancillary pages in the book contain elements of art for you to color in. These are also great spots to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper.
The paper is a cool white/ivory and of a medium quality. The illustrations are printed on both sides of the paper and are all orientated in portrait style. Johanna’s books always tend to follow the same “storybook” format and Magical Jungle is no exception.
The UK edition of the Magical Jungle and the US edition contain slight differences including in the cover art, spine art and paper color and weight. My book is the UK edition and my review will be limited to that edition of the book only.
The first thing that I notice about Magical Jungle is the use of a lot more open space in Johanna’s drawings. Many of her books, especially Lost Ocean, have a lot of teeny details that make the picture quite complex and sometimes difficult to color, depending on your skill level and health limitations. I love that this book has a lot more larger spaced areas because I think it offers Johanna’s art to a wider range of the market. The skilled colorists can pull out all their wizz bang techniques to make the pages works of art, and colorists that have enthusiasm can color in easily without sweating the details. I know that some colorists may have preferred more detail, but I do think that Johanna has made a reasonable compromise for all of her fans with this art work.
The next thing that is noticeable in the Magical Jungle is that the art work is printed on both sides of the paper BUT the majority of the illustrations are not double page scenes. Out of the illustrations in the book there are only 6 pages where the line art crosses both sides of the paper and runs into the spine of the book. This means that the bulk of the images have been printed as single page scenes, making it easy to color and remove (although if you remove you will lose the line art on the reverse). The illustrations have been beautifully positioned in the book ensuring that they are well centered and balanced on the page.
The line art is black throughout the book. Johanna has a very delicate touch with her line weight and it varies between a fine and medium line weight. Due to the larger spaces within the image the art work itself is visually very easy to see.
This book is filled with gorgeous jungle inspired scenes. You will find cheeky monkeys, butterflies, tigers, elephants and a variety of bird life. Some of the art work has been arranged in a mandala style. Overall there is a wide variety of both scenic type pieces, animal portraits and patterns in the book to keep the keen colorist amused for months. One thing that may stand out is an abundance of leaves. There are pages of leaves and you may feel that you are in a tropical rainforest yourself if you choose to color them all green. I’ve seen some beautiful colorings of these “leaf pages” in a rainbow of colors and they look stunning. Just like elephants do not have to be grey, leaves do not have to be green. Check out my Pinterest Board for Completed Pages from Magical Jungle for inspiration if you need it.
Johanna tends to use the whole of the page when creating her art work. However, there are still a number of images that have ample white space to do a snazzy background if you wished.
Thankfully at the end of the book Johanna includes a visual thumbnail index key. If you haven’t found all those butterflies and animals you were tasked with at the start of the book, you can cheat and discover them here 🙂
Towards the rear of the book a Colour Palette Test Page has also been provided. It has a few decorative elements to color on it as well. This is the first time that I have seen this page in one of Johanna’s books and is certainly a welcome addition.
Johanna Basford creates well thought out coloring books because they always come with a surprise. It might be a dust jacket to color or a fold out poster. You always know there is going to be something.
This time Johanna and her publishers have outdone themselves by including at the end of the book single page illustrations on cardstock! There are 4 (four) lovely illustrations printed on perforated, single page cardstock that you can color and frame. This is ideal for those colorists that love to use markers as you will not ruin a reverse image and lovely to frame and gift to people. I really hope that this is something that we will see in more of Johanna’s books in the future. It gives colorists a nice taste of the single page illustration and then they can always choose to buy an Artist’s edition if they wish that is usually styled in the same way if they wished.
Magical Jungle Coloring Book (UK edition) Video Review
Enjoy the video review of the Magical Jungle by Johanna Basford above.
Where to buy Magical Jungle Colouring Book (UK Edition)
|Amazon UK||Amazon Canada||Book Depository|
You can buy Magical Jungle in the US here (note that the US edition is slightly different from the UK edition reviewed). You can purchase the same edition as I reviewed in the UK here buy in Canada here and worldwide from Book Depository here.
Johanna has a range of books, calendars, journals and even phone cases that you can color in! Some of her well known coloring products are shown below:
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Congratulations to the Winner of the Magical Jungle Coloring Book!
Happy coloring x