Current Price: £7.27
Number of Pages: 80
Size: 23 x 23cm
Paper colour: White
Paper surface: Smooth
Paper thickness: Very Good
One sided: No
Drawings go into the spine: Yes
Waterbased pen bleed: None
Regular readers of the blog will recognise this book as being extremely similar in format to the last book I reviewed, Exotischer Urwald, and that's because it was published by the same German company (Graefe Und Unzer Verlag).
Nordische Wildnis (Nordic Wilderness) is illustrated by Claire Scully, most famous for her contribution to one of 2015's top colouring releases, The Menagerie. Her style is immediately recognisable if you have seen or own that book, so if you were already a fan of her work you won't be disappointed as Nordische Wildnis is more of the same.
Within the pages you will find a plethora of animals found deep in the fjords and forests of Scandanavia, including moose, wildcats, squirrels, whales, eagles, wolves and more. There is a distinctly 'wild' feel about this book which really paints a picture of the untouched nature of the North, not only with the animals but through the sprawling two-page landscape scenes as well.
One feature that is slightly odd is that some of the animals are detached, having the first half of their body printed on one page, and the other half on the facing page at the opposite side. I've included some examples in the slideshow below.
The paper, identical to Exotischer Urwald, is thick, white, smooth and very good quality. There is zero bleed or shadowing from waterbased pens, but as the book is double-sided I advise against using alcohol markers. G|U is certainly a publisher I'll be keeping my eye on as the quality of materials and general production of their colouring books is in a class of their own.
The illustrations are VERY detailed with VERY small spaces in some areas, so make sure you're comfortable with intricacy before purchasing this book.
Nordische Wildnis, like the previous book, also includes a fold-out front cover which can be coloured, and a series of super-thick, single-sided pages and removable postcards at the rear.
Here is my finished page, coloured with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I thought I'd change it up and give it a fantasy colour palette, it turned out like an inverted picture :)
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. You can find it on Amazon here: