Review: Cats in Paris A Magical Coloring Book by Won-Sun Jang
Expected publication: February 23rd 2016 by Watson-Guptill.
This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city’s most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.
Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings. (Goodreads)
Ok, so I have reviewed several adult coloring books now. I am fairly certain that I have mentioned before that I will be hard pressed to give one less than 5-stars unless there is something wrong with it (as the normal rating system goes). Sadly, I have to give Cats in Paris 3-stars. Let me explain why. I completely understand “adult coloring books” are all the rage as of late, but that doesn’t mean you can pick any illustrator, and have their collection of illustrations work as a coloring book. Sometimes illustrations just don’t make for good clean lines to color. I will not argue that Won-Sun Jang is a bad illustrator because in reality I think she is rather epic and super talented. What I will argue is that her illustrations don’t work in coloring book form. If you flip though this standard removable dust jacket coloring book you might think several artists contributed to this one coloring book. You would be wrong. The illustrations just don’t have a continuous flow or style even. Some are very organic, loose, almost blurry. Other are minimal, clean-lined, and patterned. It just doesn’t make any sense. I am fairly certain it’s the medium the artist chose, but instead of looking colorful and professional as it would in color it comes off looking pixelated. It’s like I found the image on Google, and zoomed in too far. Not all of them are this way, but enough of them are that it stands out. Some of the illustrations are really cute but others are just sloppy. While I can appreciate the idea behind Cats in Paris, I just can’t recommend it. There are far better adult coloring books out there to choose from. However, if you are a super fan of Won-Sun Jang’s illustrations this is a great collection of her work in black and white. I think these images would make a great stationary set.
Won-Sun Jang is an award-winning Korean illustrator whose work has appeared in Vogue Korea, Elle Korea, Bazaar Korea, and InStyle Korea, and clients include MAC Cosmetics and Clinique. Winner of the Children’s Books Illustration Award from Kemongsa Publishers, she currently works as a package designer in Seoul, Korea. Since meeting Eva the Norwegian Forest Cat fourteen years ago, she has fallen in love with cats and the inspiration they bring to her art.
Received in exchange for review from Blogging For Books.