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Book Review: Wonderland

I grew up with Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. I had a Madame Alexander Alice doll when I was a little girl – and I wish I still had her! Everything seems to be coming up Alice lately, thanks to the movie Through The Looking Glass. (And you know I want to get my hands on that eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay!)

Here’s a great twist on the tale: a coloring book that brings you into the story! It’s Wonderland by Amily Shen.

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Amily Shen has already written three bestselling books on drawing and illustration, and in this book she invites the reader into the story. You begin, sitting at a table in a cafe, sketching and gazing out the window when…. wait…. is that a rabbit? A rabbit with a top hat and watch? Maybe a sip or two of your coffee might help. Except it’s no longer there, and in its stead is a potion bottle. “Drink me” it beckons…

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You leave the coziness of the cafe and begin a journey through nine chapters of coloring, activities (not too many, and they don’t detract), and little blurbs of storyline.

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The paper is nice and sturdy, so colored pencils will work wonderfully on it. I don’t really use other things in coloring books, but I’d be a bit leery to do so.

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This book is fun, fantastical, and a playfully wonderful way to while away some time and relax. If you’ve been one to eye those adult coloring books but not cared for mandalas and other designs, this might be the perfect book for you to play with. And really, even if you decide you don’t care for coloring after trying it, the book is beautifully drawn and fun to look through all on its own!

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“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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Author:

Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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