Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just booklove miscellany in general.
the time garden: A magical journey and colouring book
By: Daria Song
Published by: Ebury Press: part of Penguin Random House, UK, 2015
Copy provided by Pansing Books. Book photos taken by me.
Even before the seemingly-sudden rage on adult colouring books, I would just like to state for the record that I have been doing this for the past fourteen years – not that it matters or makes a difference, really. It just serves to validate what I’ve always found to be an entertaining and productive way to pass the time. Here are my dalliances with colouring books over the past several years:
I especially enjoy colouring faeries or strange surreal creatures. I am not much into patterns or repetitive figures that seem to demand a correct configuration in the colouring aspect, but those that allow me to play around with colour combinations. Even my 13 year old girl enjoys colouring too:
And so when I received this colouring book, I was especially gleeful as I do have sharpened watercolour pencils ready to dip into these designs.
I think what makes this particular colouring book unique is that it also serves as a kind of activity book, encouraging the reader to draw additional patterns, make their own bakery, or simply do additional drawings.