It's the book that's all over the colouring groups at the moment, packed full of Kerby's signature creatures last seen in Doodle Invasion. This book concentrates on the animal kingdom, taking swordfish, baboons and big cats and filling them with bizarre little beasts and quirky objects. The animals take on a beautiful texture that is simply stunning when coloured, although it may look daunting at first glance! Nothing is *too* small to colour in though, so it stays on the fun side rather than becoming hard work.
The first thing I should mention is the wicked cover! It's matte black with striking orange lettering, and a glossy tiger which runs right round to the back.
The book is marketed as 'An extreme colouring and search challenge', so in amongst all the chaos there are 'Where's Wally?'-esque hidden items for you to find if you can. At the back of the book are the answers, just in case you're tearing your hair out to find a miniature Alien Elvis or a teeny Ming vase!
Animophia is only £5 in The Works which is a CRACKING price in my opinion, for the amount of detail and colouring hours you're getting. It's not a small book either, matching the size and shape of Tropical Wonderland and Enchanted Forest. In fact, I'd go as far as saying this is the best value for money colouring book out there at the moment, as I'd gladly pay triple the price. Take a look inside and see what I mean!
A few of the pages have the option to complete the doodles yourself, which is becoming a trend for colouring books at the moment. I can imagine this customisation would be appealing to some of the more artistic types out there, but I can't draw a jot so personally I'm not a fan. One other slight gripe I have is that many of the images are double page spread, meaning a good chunk of the illustrations get lost in the spine. It does make me lean towards colouring the single page designs instead, which is such a shame as the larger drawings are the most intricate and stunning of the lot.
The paper quality is fairly thick and smooth, with a bright white finish. Triplus and Stabilo markers are fine to use, but I think pencils give the best effects in this book with their blending capabilities. Here's my finished page. I used Faber Castell art grip pencils for the main part of the bird and its tail feathers, and Triplus for the little creatures. I can't wait for Kerby's future books, and being a lover of quirkiness his style is probably my favourite to colour, despite the breathtaking beauty of Secret Garden.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. You can find it in The Works and several places online.