August 26, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
A Million Bears: Beautiful Bears to Color is Lulu Mayo’s brand new coloring book. She’s been sharing sneak peeks from A Million Bears on social media for weeks but now the wait is over — Lulu’s book has released early!! YAY!!
In a sea of adult coloring books, A Million Bears really stands out on the shelf. And it’s not just the eye-catching cover (more on that below) that will get your attention, but rather it’s the art inside. Lulu has a unique point-of-view and artistic style. I find her art very exciting because I haven’t seen anything like it before.
Lulu’s art is so whimsical and there are lots of details to notice on each page — each time I’ve flipped through her book I’ve noticed something new each time.
A Million Bears is filled with panda bears, koala bears, polar bears, and other bears engaged in all sorts of activities in a variety of (sometimes surreal) settings. There are bears sailing the seas, bears inside candy jars, bears riding a whale through a starry night sky, polar bears exploring the sea floor, bears snuggled up on hammocks, bears dripping out of faucets, and so much more.
Now let’s change gears and talk book and art specs: Y’all know I rarely talk about pricing in my reviews, but for a book with a price point of $9.95 there are some mighty impressive features. The front cover (and even the book’s spine) has a very generous sprinkling of gold foiling accents. And y’all know I love it when the artist and publisher cram in as many coloring opportunities for us as they can — the title page (not pictured), copyright page, and author page can all be colored too! And the paper is quite impressive — it’s a nice medium-weight paper and very lightly textured, almost like light-weight cardstock.
A Million Bears is sized 7 x 9 inches with 64 pages. Images, as you’ll see in the video below, are printed on both sides of the page. There are 19 single-page designs and 21 double-page spreads — two of the double-page spreads have black backgrounds. The artwork has been thoughtfully arranged as the side-by-side single-page designs relate to each other.
The book is glue bound and the binding is a bit tight but it may relax a bit over time. Due to the book’s binding and the fact that Lulu’s designs are borderless, a smidge of each design is lost to the book’s gutter (center spine) and will prove too tricky to color. It is commonplace for coloring books to have glue binding, but it is a bit of a bummer that on nearly every page there is a bit of Lulu’s charming and cheery art that is unreachable with a pencil. I would have loved to see A Million Bears have lay-flat binding but that special feature likely would have raised the price point.
The inky drawing lines are a medium thickness although thinner lines are used at times for finer details. There are many different sized things to color on the page — the majority of these elements are all a reasonable size but there are a few pages that include tiny design components.
Below is a silent video flick-through so you can see every charming page in A Million Bears for yourself. If the video does not embed properly, you can watch it right here via vimeo.
Amazon UK release date is October 7, 2016. Very surprising that A Million Bears is releasing in the USA first rather than the UK, usually it’s the other way around.
Other books by Lulu Mayo and Lark Crafts: Earlier this year, A Million Cats and A Million Dogs both released in the USA. And Lulu’s forthcoming A Million Owls releases in February 2017.
Click here to read my review for Lulu’s The World’s Cutest Animal Coloring Book.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for a review. The opinions are my own.
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