by Jo Pearson
Published by Murdoch Books UK on April 7th 2016
Style: double page printing
Format: Card cover
"Jo Pearson's charming illustrations feature summer and beach life with native flora and fauna setting the scene. Bring to life sandcastles, picnics, boats, barbecues, puzzles, surfboards, teacups and ice creams. Explore the extraordinary shells, beautiful flowers, stunning birds, fish and amazing sea-life."
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All Good: A New Zealand Coloring Book Video Review
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All Good: A New Zealand Coloring Book Review
It’s a little bit odd that I have traveled around the world but never been to New Zealand, which is so close to home. Of course, I had to have a coloring book from New Zealand in my collection and this is, at this stage, my one and only. All Good: A New Zealand Coloring Book was released last year, and has finally made its way up my never ending “to do” pile to the top.
In New Zealand, the book has been featured at events that showcase the country.
Cover & Layout
The cover depicts color printing of a beach walk leading to the sea beyond. On the back cover a sky blue background makes a nice setting for the printed flowers and publisher’s blurb.
A bright egg yolk yellow inside cover complements the font title coloring used.
All Good measures 24cm x 24cm.
A plain text title page commences the book with copyright information on reverse. You will find a small flower there to color as well. This is the best spot to test out your mediums and see how they perform on the paper.
The illustrations in the book are printed on both sides of the white, medium quality paper.
There are 38 double page scenes where the line art does run to the spine of the book. Some of the illustrations may be difficult to color until the spine loosens enough for ease of coloring.
Some of the art work could have been positioned in a different way in order to avoid the spine area, which would make the book easier to color in.
All Good: A New Zealand Coloring Book Images and Illustrations
The line art that Jo Pearson has drawn is lovely and black and very crisp. This makes it ideal for colorists that have a minor visual impairment. Many of the illustrations have large open spaced elements and large amounts of white space making it ideal for those new to coloring and those with health challenges.
Illustrations in the book have a summer at the beach theme with surfboards, birds, sandcastles and sea life making an appearance. There are pages filled with all the items that you would need for a fun day at the beach. You will also find cute caravans, cars and a couple of mandala inspired images to color.
My disappointment in this book is with the title. My expectations of a coloring book about New Zealand had me anticipating a glimpse of New Zealand. In this book, other than the vegetables being barbecued in a “Kiwi” way and a few native flowers and animals, I feel it could have been set anywhere in the world. Just my opinion though 🙂
The level of detail in the illustrations makes it suitable for those new to coloring who can progress to the more detailed images as their skills improve.
There are many pages where there are large expanses of white space which lend themselves to creating some background magic with your favorite mediums.
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