Growing up, I loved to color. We used to have this big wooden box where all the crayons were kept. I loved dragging that thing out and spending hours coloring. Even as an adult, I've sometimes colored pages in my kids' coloring books. Recently I read that coloring is as powerful as meditation to promote relaxation in adults. And with the sudden boom in "adult coloring books," I thought that this might be the perfect time to try.
I started my "adult" coloring -- a term I actually dislike because it sounds rather scandalous -- with The Time Chamber by Daria Song. It intrigued me with being more than just a coloring book; it actually tells a story as well. And the story is as magical as the images.
A little fairy has decided to leave her home in the cuckoo clock to explore the human world. Everything is huge and full of mystery in the human world. The story is sweet, well-written and remniscent of The Nutcracker.
The coloring book begins with our fairy in her row boat and this is my favorite page of all!
I've seen many coloring books for adults at craft stores and book shops, but most are just fancy patterns or catchy phrases. There's little childhood wonder in those books and very few of them actually have stories that go along with the images. That's what makes Song's book so special. It's a story and a coloring book that draws you into the book in a way different from a normal coloring experience.
You can see images from the book and even download a few pages by clicking here.
From the Publisher:
DARIA SONG is an author and artist with a master’s degree in fiber arts from the Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Fine Arts. Winner of the Kyung Hyang Arts Contest, Song has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in Korea, Singapore, Turkey, and Hong Kong. She is a lecturer at the Kaywon School of Arts and her illustrations can be found in Amore Pacific and SK Planet. She spent five years of her childhood in San Francisco before returning to Korea, and the sense of wonder and mystery that comes from living in a far-off place inspired her internationally best-selling adult coloring book, The Time Garden.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
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