December 7, 2016 by I SNIFF BOOKS - Beth
I’m always excited to share reviews for Swedish coloring books with you — no matter the artist, the art is always gorgeous and Swedish publisher Pagina Förlag goes all out and incorporates many luxurious details into the book design. But, at the same time, it’s always a bit awkward because the Swedish coloring books aren’t widely available online for purchase and we have no idea if a US (or UK) publisher is going to get reprinting rights. But not for this coloring book! Magisk Gryning by Swedish artist Hanna Karlzon is coming to the USA (and other countries too!) in March 2017! But if you can’t wait until then, you can get your hands on the Swedish edition right now.
Magisk Gryning (which translates to Magical Dawn) is Hanna Karlzon’s third målarbok (coloring book). I’ve always found that Hanna’s art has a strong magical fantasy vibe and that’s most definitely the case with the imagery in Magisk Gryning.
The book begins with a spectacular “this book belongs to” page — there are open vials of stardust and rainbow light whose contents are streaming out, a bottle with a jeweled stopper, an hourglass filled with sand, a cluster of crystals, and the page is dotted with stars of all sizes. This page sets the tone perfectly for all the beautiful magical and fantasy imagery to come.
There’s a winged frog (!!) nestled between crystals and bottles, a mouse with a key, a princess taking a stroll with two butterflies on leashes, exotic flowers dripping with jewels, a bird with a crown perched on a mushroom whose gills are dripping with crystals, bees harvesting gems from flowers, houses with turrets sprouting from flowers, and more. There are no wallpaper designs or repeating pattern images.
The book design for Magisk Gryning is very chic. The book is hardcover, has a black cloth spine, and has gold-foiling accents on the front and back covers and the book’s spine. The book has black end papers and flyleaves.
Magisk Gryning is sized 8.5 by 10 inches with 96 pages. Images are printed on both sides of medium-weight ivory paper paper — Pagina Fölrag uses Munken Pure 160 gsm paper in all their coloring books. The book is glue and string bound and does lay considerably flat when open. However, on some of the borderless images and double-page spreads it may be a bit of challenge to get your pencil into the book’s gutter (center spine) to color.
Below is a silent video page-by-page look inside Magisk Gryning — you can click the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the video screen and make it full size.
WHERE TO BUY: Magisk Gryning (målarbok/coloring book) is published by Swedish publisher Pagina Förlag. The best place to pick up a copy is right here from Pen Store, a retail and online shop based out of Sweden.
When ordering online from Pen Store or other Swedish shops, be alert and careful as there may be different formats for the same book — there are coloring books (Målarbok), Artist Editions (Tavelbok), and postcard collections (Vykort). When in doubt, use google translate to help!
The English-language edition of Magisk Gryning (the coloring book AND the postcard collection AND the Artist’s Edition!!) is coming to the USA in March 2017!! It is titled “Magical Dawn” and the various formats are already available for pre-order on the various Amazon sites and Book Depository!!
Other books I have reviewed by Swedish artist Hanna Karlzon:
Summer Nights (Sommarnatt)
Winter Dreams (Vinterdrömmar)
Magisk Gryning (Magical Dawn) Tavelbok (Artist’s Edition)
Magisk Gryning (Magical Dawn) Vykort att färglägga (postcards to color)
Magisk Gryning (Magical Dawn) Målarbok (Coloring Book)
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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