Mysterious Planets is a book first published in Japan by Ai Kohno, a freelance illustrator from Tokyo. The book documents a journey through six imaginary planet before landing safely back in the final section of the book, The Girl's Room. Everything is written in Japanese apart from the titles pages of each planet, which are oddly English. The illustrations are charming and very whimsical in style, allowing you to escape reality for a little while and experience these fantastic fantasy worlds. Click the categories below to discover the delights of each planet.
After trekking across the universe we see the little girl return to her home, full of all her favourite things and familiar home comforts. Ai Kohno has included a sheet of tracing paper which overlays a gem-encrusted wreath and crown onto the girl's face on the next page, allowing you to draw her easily. There's also a full animal alphabet on peach background for you to have fun colouring.
Unsurprisingly, for books of this quality and the caliber of illustrations you are going to be paying a hefty price- and that's before you add on the international postage cost. Usually these Japanese/Korean books have to be shipped in from the country of origin, but amazingly I have found a UK stockist of not only this book but lots more stunning colouring books from Asia! Check the bottom of this review for the link to buy. Postage is super cheap but the book is still more expensive than most, though it really is worth it if you love whimsical designs and colouring books from other parts of the world. I always prefer the original version to any English re-prints as I think the language barrier adds that bit of mystery & exoticism, enhancing the fact that the illustrations derived from a remote land.
Here is my finished page, coloured with Prismacolor pencils & PanPastel for the background.
Mysterious Planets by Ai Kohno