January 11, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
New York is a magical and mysterious city — so many people, so many places, so many nooks and crannies, and of course, New York is full of all those iconic images and landmarks. In the New York Coloring Book, you get to be an armchair tourist and color your way all across the city. The back cover shows full-color thumbnails of all 32
coloring pages people, places, and things you will see during your trip.
However, much to my disappointment, something was slightly off for my entire coloring journey. I had four issues with the design of this coloring book that definitely affected my coloring experience — so much so, that I admit I never ended up putting colored pencil to paper.
(1) The most obvious issue is that the black inky lines are not smooth and straight — they appear very pixelated. Pixelation, or just an odd look to the black lines, is present throughout.
(2) The coloring pages are all perforated but several times the perforations run right through the art. So when you tear out the page, you lose the entire top edge of the art.
(3) On one page, I noticed certain design elements were missing. To the left of the purple-y text, there is no vertical line for the right side of the building. And to the right of the purple-y text, there is no left or right vertical line nor a top horizontal line to indicate the sides of the building.
(4) Some of the coloring pages are “tiled” and the placement is off. It’s distracting and makes me wonder why the “image” was arranged the way it was. The pairs of feet at the top of the page is so odd — there are more in the book’s gutter but they didn’t show up well in the photo.
There are some good features in this coloring book: The coloring pages are single-sided and perforated. There is a good mix of simple and complex designs — you could even add your own doodles or embellishments in the simpler designs. However, I find it hard to appreciate these qualities when there are odd design issues with this book.
New York Coloring Book by Min Heo (illustrator) and Gloria Fowler (designer). Paperback sized 9 x 12 inches with 64 pages. Published by AMMO Books in December 2015.
You can also see several interior pages on the publisher’s website.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.