Current Price: £10.29 / 12.27
Number of Pages: 80
Size: 28 x 25cm
Paper colour: Ivory
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Very Good
Linework: Bold, sketchy
One sided: Yes
Drawings go into the spine: No
Waterbased pen bleed: None
The Curiosity Shoppe is described as "A Magical & Mad Exploration of a Most Amusing & Unexpected Assemblage of Novelties & Oddities" -- quite the introduction! And indeed it is full of old-fashioned curio from days gone by, like stepping into an old dusty shop you've never noticed and discovering a menagerie of treasures inside.
The Sweet Shoppe harks back to the days you could visit your local confectioners after school and spend a few pennies on your favourite toffee chews and caramel-filled chocolates. With beautiful glass jars full of sugar-coated goodies, colourfully wrapped sweets glinting like jewels atop the balance scale, luxuriously rich truffles and tooth-cracking jawbreakers, this book will get your mouth watering with memories of more carefree times.
Here are my video flip-throughs of each book.
The paper is an ivory stock that is thick enough to take waterbased markers with barely a shadow on the reverse, not that it is an issue as all the illustrations are one-sided. It has a very smooth surface and quite a flat tooth, so pencils should lay down well.
The line art is the biggest 'make or break' factor in these books as I think it's a bit like Marmite (or Vegemite for my Oz readers) -- you either like it or you don't. The artwork has a very darkly shaded, graphic print nature, which I'm not convinced is the ideal linework for a colouring book but certainly appropriate for the subject matter in this case.
Here are my finished pictures from the books.
The Curiosity Shoppe Coloring Book
The Sweet Shoppe Coloring Book