A tangle of vines pushes its way across a trellis over two chairs. Dangling birdcages squeak in an imaginary wind as their inhabitants sing softly. Further in, a deer prepares to leap off a page filled with leaves and acorns falling to the ground, and a frog sits alone, perhaps contemplating jumping away. I have never been much good at drawing; my stick figures resemble sticks far more than they do figures. However, I do love to color, so you can imagine my delight at receiving a portable coloring book for the holidays.
Published this past year, and first released in Sweden, the Flying Wonders coloring book contains both intricate and simplistic pictures ready for you to fill with colors and designs. Flowers and birds pervade many of the pages, with some of the images repeated for multiple attempts. One of the best parts of the book, however, is its size and construction. The book is smaller than many adult coloring books, the perfect size to be carried in a backpack or purse. Even better, the front and back covers are made of a stiff, thick cardboard to prevent designs from being bent or torn. The portability means I can slip it in my bag and work on any of the designs while I wait at a coffee shop or in the doctor's office. Coloring is something so often put aside when adulthood is reached; it's with great joy that I see it's made a comeback as a relaxing activity for adults, and with even greater joy that I can bring my coloring with me. Now, you'll have to excuse me while I go color some more.
– Julia Pillard
Flying Wonders: Portable Coloring for Creative Adults
by Adult Coloring Books
2015, 120 pages, 6.5 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches