Monday, August 8, 2016

My Review Of Johanna Basford's New Adult Coloring Book: MAGICAL JUNGLE: An Inky Expedition and Coloring Book

MAGICAL JUNGLE: An Inky Expedition and Coloring Book
Creator: Johanna Basford
Published by Penguin Books August 9, 2016
ISBN 9780143109006
Pages 80
Follow ink evangelist and queen of adult coloring, Johanna Basford down an inky trail through Magical Jungle and discover a forgotten world of flora and fauna just waiting to be colored in. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations, colour-inners of all ages are invited to 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. Only the bravest, most inquisitive colorers will discover what lies hidden at the end of this inky quest.

I must admit I could be a little biased with this adult coloring book due to the fact that I LOVE animals. It contains a combination of remarkably detailed pictures that would take me a month to color to simpler ones that are just as magnificent. Such as the picture below that took me a week to finish coloring; I know what you are thinking “You’re kidding me. That Hippo picture took you a week!”. I am still learning to color like an adult and not a four-year-old. Therefore, I am learning with a little a little help from the author not only does Johanna Basford have skills in the drawing department, she also has an assortment of tutorial videos on YouTube that has been helpful in improving my coloring technique by shading, making things pop, and so much more. I still need to get a blending pencil.

Johanna is a genius when it comes to drawing. Some examples of the pictures that are in this book is a Gecko made out of leaves and flowers, very cool; owls hidden within the foliage, which is what I see when you could see something entirely different due to the abstractness of the picture; and much more that will blow your mind. As in the other books, as you color you have a mission to find hidden objects, in this case, it is animals. Now I have to let you in on a secret at the end of the book there are pictures that are perforated and only one sided so if you want to frame them or do something else fun with them you have that option!  I give it an A+ in adult coloring books.

Do not forget to share what you have colored from this book on social media using hashtag #MagicalJungle


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JOHANNA BASFORD is an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels. Her intricate, hand-drawn illustrations are loved the world over by those who have colored in (sometimes more than once) her bestselling books Lost OceanSecret Garden, and Enchanted Forest. Johanna is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. She likes sugar mice, floral teacups, peonies, and bumblebees.

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“Thank you, Penguin publishing, for letting me give an honest review”

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