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Animorphia: An Extreme Coloring and Search Challenge Paperback – Coloring Book, October 13, 2015
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- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Paperback : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0147518369
- ISBN-13 : 978-0147518361
- Product Dimensions : 9.9 x 9.8 x 0.4 inches
- Publisher : Plume; Illustrated Edition (October 13, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The clear winner in all categories is the UK printing of the book. The sad thing is that the follow-up to this book “Imagimorphia” is being printed by the same US company (Plume). Keeping the adage of “fool me once” in mind, I will be buying the UK version of the second book rather than the US one. I still rate the book as 4 star on the basis of the UK version (which is also included for sale in this SKU.) The US version drops in comparison to a 2.5 star. I highly recommend spending the little bit extra and waiting a little while longer to get the UK version shipped to you.
Here is the data I used to come to that conclusion:
1. Size and Weight – approximate and listed in similar measurements for consistency and ease of comparison:
UK Version: 9 14/16 x 9 13/16 x 6/16 inches – weight 1.03 pounds (16.48 ounces)
US Version: 9 15/16 x 10 x 4/16 inches – weight .68 pounds (10.88 ounces)
The UK printing is slightly smaller but is thicker and weighs more (a whopping 1.5 times the weight of the US printing) which equates into a much heavier weight of paper used for the book.
2. Cover: The UK version has a thicker cover. It has a matte black background with the tiger in a glossy print that really stands out. The words are slightly different on the front and the back wording is quite different. The orange tone for the wording is a deeper and richer color than that on the US printing. The US cover is thinner and is a semi-gloss. The orange used on the words is more of a fluorescent color. I've included a picture which shows the UK version on the left and the US on the right.
3. Paper Quality: Here is a huge difference. The UK version has a nice heavyweight paper that doesn't crease easily and which does not show through the printing from the back of the page. The US version creases easily just from trying to turn the page and you can see the reverse print through on the page.
4. Binding: The UK version is sewn rather than glued. It is sewn in every few pages so you can remove that group with a few snips of thread. The US version is an odd hybrid. It is sewn in with multiple threads – but the threads go through the entire book and are spaced very close together. Cutting these could be a chore. The US version is also glued together. There are a number of pages where the glue extends onto the page and you lose parts of the design whether you remove the pages or not.
5. Print Quality: The designs are printed on both sides of the page and most spread across two pages. The designs merge into the binding and in some cases, with both printings, the two sides are slightly offset. I found that this occurred more in the US version and that the offset portion was more pronounced. Additionally, there is a weird area of white between the two-page spreads on the US version. It appears that they didn't print the entire image and just stopped at a certain point before the binding, i.e., you will never get to color the whole image because it was not included plus you get the weird dead white space in the middle of your book. I've included pictures which show the the problems with the US version - dead white area in the middle at the binding, some where you can see that the pages are glued together and you lose some of the image and finally, some where the images where offset to the right. In these pictures, the UK version is at the top of the photo and the US version is at the bottom.
The UK version has a crisper look to the printing. That may be a better quality ink or just what happens with a better quality paper. I've included a picture of the title page with the UK version on the left and the US version on the right. Obviously, the US version chose to use a lighter ink for the title but there is a difference in the rest of the print ink, too.
Also, while the US book is bigger, many of the images have portions of the sides and top and bottom missing. It appears that they enlarged the images. In some cases, they offset the images, too. There is a picture of a whale where the image has been shifted to the right, leaving dead space in the left side of the two pages and losing elements from the right side. Odd, to say the least.
6. Coloring Medium:
I will list the coloring medium I tested below. I am now testing a much larger group of pens/pencils than I did in my previous review.
All alcohol-based markers bled through the pages of both books immediately and to the same degree. The only water-based marker that did not bleed through was my TomBow with the brush end. If I used the marker end, it bled through, too. The US version showed more ink leakage than did the UK but they both did show some.
My gel pens with the larger points showed a shadow through on the US version when I used bright or dark colors. This did not happen with the UK version. None of the smaller point gel pens showed through on either version (Uni-ball Signo – my new favorite for detail work.) The gel pens did require a little more drying time on the UK version – this is something I have seen with better quality paper. As the ink is not seeping into the paper, it sits on top and has to dry for a minute or two longer.
There was a distinct difference in how coloring pencils worked with these books. The UK version took the soft core colors beautifully and the hard core pencils did not made indents that could be seen from the back of the page. The US version did okay with the soft core (but not as creamy or as good coverage.) The hard core pencils left distinct indents on the back of the page.
These are the coloring medium that I use for testing. If there is something else you feel I should be testing, please let me know and I will see if I can add it to my growing pile:
Markers: 1) alcohol-based – Copic Sketch, Prismacolor double ended markers (brush and fine point), Sharpies (fine and ultra-fine) and 2) water-based – Tombows dual end markers (brush and fine point), Stabilo 88, Staedler triplus fineliners, and Pentel markers
Gel Pens: Sakura, Fiskars, Uni-ball Signo 0.38/0.28 and Tekwriter
Coloring Pencils: Prismacolor Premier Soft Core, Derwent Colorsoft, Prismacolor Verithins, and Faber-Castel Polychromos
So far I have completed two pages, and am about 3/4 finished on another. I'm very much enjoying this book, and really wish I could give it five stars.
There are several pictures that are incomplete (as if the author didn't have enough complete pictures and needed filler) and state to "fill in" with doodles, etc. I want coloring books that I color - not drawing books.. I don't want words, particularly instructions, on my coloring pages - things like "Fill the butterflies with detail.", "Complete the zebra's stripes.", etc. This is on several pages.
There are also several full-spread drawings.. one in particular is a peacock (again, lots of blank space and it says to 'decorate the feathers') where the peacock's body and head is in the very center of the fold - in the binding. Before I forcibly spread the pages apart, I wasn't even sure what the picture was..
The pages are very thin and unlike many adult coloring books, there are no blank backs. When looking at one page, you can see the picture on the back through the page. So coloring on one page will surely affect the back of the page. It's a matter of picking which side you like the best before coloring. If they had alternated the ready-to-color pages with fill-in-the-blank pages, it wouldn't be so bad. I thought maybe I'd just copy the pages onto card stock - but the pages are 10 inches x 10 inches.. and wouldn't be as convenient to print.
I love the drawings.. but I dislike the pages being so thin, being back-to-back (thereby making this only half-color-able) and the draw your own doodles (as well as the instructions on the pages). I won't be pre-ordering coloring books any more, and I'll wait to see owner pictures and reviews before purchasing as well.
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As the paper isn't a heavier weight, it's difficult to blend larger areas with bleeding pencils/blenders for fear of ruin the paper (as you can see). Also, with some of the images, they are across two pages a stapled middle (such as the rhino), unfortunately. I'm sure that those of us who love Kerby Rosanes artwork and colouring would have no issue with paying several dollars more for one sided pages on a heavier paper.
Perhaps the artist's comments regarding this release, as noted in another review, have been taken out of context? I truly hope so as it would be disappointing to think he has absolutely no appreciation for those of us who not only like his work but anxiously awaited the release of "animorphia" and bought same.
El único punto en contra (y por eso le quito la última estrella) es que el gramaje del papel no es tan elevado como sería deseable para poder usar tinta (rotuladores, acuarela o similar). Yo he usado bolígrafos de tinta de gel: Color Technik - Juego de 120 bolígrafos de gel de colores diferentes, los mejores colores disponibles en Amazon, purpurina, metálico, neón y clásicos, y aún así se marca un poco en la otra cara de la página (que también tiene ilustraciones). Recomendable usar lápices ✏️
No obstante, es un libro preciosista lleno de detalles, con la figura principal tomando el protagonismo y luego muchos arabescos y doodles, que disfrutarán tanto pequeños como adultos por igual. El autor tiene más obras y en todas se destila una gran calidad, así que 5 estrellas para el autor y sus ilustraciones 👌
Es el primer libro que compro para colorear, pero el contenido del libro es espectacular, enamora. Las ilustraciones tienen el tamaño adecuado. El papel es grueso, pero no he probado a pintar con rotuladores. Las páginas se abren sin problema para que puedas pintar por todos los rincones. La primera tapa es blanda y la final, dura. Lo mejor, son las ilustraciones, excelentes composiciones y realmente te pierdes con la cantidad de detalles que tienes para pintar. Enamorada de Rosanes