March 16, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
A Trip to Jeremyville Coloring Book by Jeremyville. Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing on March 8, 2016.
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It was love at first sight when I first saw the cover and just a few preview pages for A Trip to Jeremyville a little over four months ago. The cover is so wonderfully weird and has such a lovely and calming color palette — and those few sneak peek pages I saw were FULL of all sorts of cute, quirky, and sometimes-surreal creatures, people, neighborhoods, and assorted things. It’s been a long wait, but now that the book is in my hands, I love it even more.
A Trip to Jeremyville contains four different types of coloring pages: (1) single-page designs featuring artist Jeremyville’s Community Service Announcements (CSAs) — these are positive affirmations paired with quirky illustrations that promote self-expression and positive thinking; (2) single-page and double-page spreads featuring different places in Jeremyville — and these city blocks, street corners, buildings, and venues are populated with the normal and not-so-normal residents of Jeremyville; (3) single-page and double-page spreads of places outside of Jeremyville like Coolangatta Beach (Queensland, Australia) and the Rue Saint-Honoré (a street in Paris); and (4) single-pages with an assortment of eccentric and oddball things to color.
I just love the entire vibe of all the coloring pages in A Trip to Jeremyville — I really like coloring in all sorts of cute and weird things (especially when the page has so many), the CSA messages are awesome, and the coloring experience is really fun and relaxing because you can choose whatever colors you want since the art is so far-out.
Now it’s time for some technical details: A Trip to Jeremyville is softcover with rounded corners, sized 7.25 x 9.5 inches, and has 128 pages — the size and shape is just like the old-school Mead® notebooks with the black and white marbled covers. The way the book is bound is fantastic — it’s both glue- and string-bound and lays pretty much completely flat when open!
The majority of the images are single-page designs — there are 16 designs that span two pages. An interesting design feature for these double-page spreads is that no coloring elements get lost in the book’s gutter — this actually isn’t due to the book’s near lay-flat binding but rather than there is a narrow margin of white space down the book’s gutter. This does admittedly cause a bit of disconnection between the two halves of the design — but this is just an observation and not a criticism.
Intricacy levels vary throughout the book — some pages may have just a few large elements to color while other pages will be full of all sorts smaller sized bits to color. And of course, some pages area mix of both. Many of the images have some pre-inked parts done in black — I think this is pretty neat because it adds extra depth to the art and makes everything pop once you add your own colors to the page, especially since sometimes it’s difficult to achieve a strong black saturation with colored pencil.
The paper quality is satisfactory (but better than CreateSpace paper) and it is a bit lightweight — you can see the inky drawing lines through the page. Also, the ink is not permanent so you will want to insert a sheet of paper (or cardstock) underneath the page you are coloring — this prevents the pressure from your coloring transferring the inky lines on the reverse side to the page facing it. I discretely tested some water-based markers and pens on a lone blank page and they shadowed heavily — colored pencils are going to be the way to go. These are just observations and not criticisms — many of these are commonplace in other coloring books too, no matter the price point.
Here are three pages that I colored using a 50-count box of Crayola colored pencils. Directly below is a video flick-through of the book!
A Trip to Jeremyville is available for purchase directly from Andrews McMeel Publishing as well as on Amazon USA and Barnes & Noble. A Trip to Jeremyville will be available for purchase on April 12, 2016 on Amazon UK and Book Depository.
Official book page for A Trip to Jeremyville on Andrews McMeel website with preview pages.
Andrews McMeel has also published other Jeremyville books, calendars, and daily planners — they can be seen and purchased here.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
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