November 18, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
I have always loved illustrations that show both the exterior and interior at the same time — I like that the outer facade has vanished and you get to peek inside and examine every nook and cranny. The illustrations in Vertical Worlds Coloring Book by Abi Daker are just like these and you get to peep inside a vertical city, greenhouse, train station, ocean liner, mansion, submarine, factory, supermarket, natural history museum, and much more.
Vertical Worlds had the potential to be epic and truly different from other books on the shelf (and in a way it still is) but ultimately this coloring book has one major flaw: very tiny design components. Some of the details on the page are so tiny that even with a super sharp pencil point or fineliner nib, I feel that some of these tiny design elements are going to look like blobs when colored. I wonder if Abi’s illustrations were scaled down from a larger size — it would explain a lot. It’s a bummer because the illustrations are so visually intriguing and have the potential to transport you to another place while you color.
The book is sized 8.5 x 13 inches and has a glue and string binding. There are 27 designs in all and the designs have varying amounts of white space around them but a few fit snugly on the page. The images are printed single-sided on medium-weight white paper. The page opposite the coloring page includes the name of the vertical world and a paragraph describing the locale. There are definitely some colorable pages, but considering the book as a whole, I just feel these pages are few and far between. I color to have fun and relax and don’t want to tense up and stress trying to get a super sharp point to stay between super narrow lines.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary book from the publisher. I was not required nor obligated to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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