Published by Harper Design on April 25th 2017
Style: double page printing, Interactive
Format: Card cover with fold out
Discover the enchanting, fantastical world of mermaids in this interactive coloring and activity book for all ages. It features intricate black-and-white line art to color, riddles, and a maze connected through the illustrations.
Mermaids in Wonderland is a whimsical, magical foray into the undersea world of the ever-popular mermaid. It is divided into two parts, "Day" and "Night," where mermaids are presented in intricately illustrated scenarios
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Mermaids in Wonderland Coloring Book Review
Mermaids in Wonderland is the second coloring book by illustrator Marcos Chin. His first coloring book was Fairies in Wonderland (still sadly in my “to do” stack) which proved popular with colorists of all ages. He is currently working on his third coloring book, Elves in Wonderland, which will be available later in the year.
This coloring book also contains an interactive element with riddles, puzzles and even a maze to occupy your mind while you are coloring.
Cover & Layout
The cover and layout of Mermaids in Wonderland is consistent with the previous coloring book. The front cover contains line art from the coloring book that has partial printed color on it and dashes of foil highlighting. A denim blue spine complements the art work on the front cover.
On the back cover, line art from the book has been presented without color and foil highlights. This would be a lovely picture to color in. As the cover is a gloss laminate you may need to use gel pens to penetrate the surface if you were to color it.
The front fold out flap contains a publisher blurb about the book and the back flap contains an advertisement for the previous coloring book and postcards, Fairies in Wonderland.
On the inside cover you will find finely drawn and intricate mermaids. This illustration is presented on the back cover in a night view with a black background. As these mermaids, are so tiny you would need fine liners or fine tipped gel pens to color them in. Colorists that may have a minor visual impairment would be best off avoiding these images as there are plenty of other things to color in.
Mermaids in Wonderland measures 25cm x 25cm (10in x 10in)
The title page features a sweet illustration of a mermaid perched on a starfish and shell.
At the end of the book you will find a page with publisher information and author information on reverse. This page, preceding the bonus postcards, would be the best spot to test out your mediums and see how they react with the paper and your coloring style.
Illustrations have been printed on both sides of the smooth, white, medium quality paper. Each page has been numbered discreetly in the corner to assist with the interactivity element of the book. Roughly 55% of the book has been printed with white background and the remaining pages printed with a black background.
There are 56 pages that comprise double page scenes within the book. The line art does run to the gutter of the book. The first part of the book is laying down very well for me with just a few flip throughs. I am confident that with further use the balance of the book will relax enough to color with ease these tricky areas in the spine of the book.
Mermaids in Wonderland Coloring Book Review Images and Illustrations
My first reaction to Mermaids in Wonderland was “not enough mermaids”. Sadly, I didn’t have my glasses on. Once I popped my glasses on, I realised that there were enough mermaids, they were just more intricate than what I had previously been used to with other coloring books. Everyone has a different interpretation of what Wonderland is and with Mermaids it generally conjures up images of mermaids sitting on rocks or perched near wooden ships. Sometimes there are naughty mermaids that like to sun themselves topless on the beach or frolic in the waves but generally we have some sort of idea how the mermaids will present in coloring books.
This Wonderland took me a little bit to adjust to because these mermaids do not behave as expected. They do not look like the mermaids that I am used to either. It’s always a good thing when an artist challenges our preconceptions because it makes us think and wonder about the world.
You will find very intricate mermaids in this coloring book in a variety of settings. There are sleepy mermaids waking up from their clam shell beds, mermaids relaxing with curlers in hair, mermaids that have fairy or angel wings, acrobat mermaids and even flying mermaids. One of my favorite illustrations in the book is the mermaids on the carousel.
In this Wonderland you will also find strange sea creatures as well as the ones you expect like jelly fish and fish. There are a number of illustrations that only have fish or other sea life in them sans mermaid. Initially, I wasn’t too fussed on those images and wanted more mermaids. Now, looking at the book again, I am happy that there is more variety from a mermaid only focus.
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At the end of the book there are 4 lovely mermaid featured postcards for you to tear out and color. The postcards are perforated and are printed on card stock. There is also a postcard book companion for Mermaids in Wonderland which features 20 postcards if you acquire a taste for coloring them in.
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