Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ooo la la! Coloring Parisian Style

French was the language I chose to take through high school and college. I am, admittedly, a bit of a Francophile. What makes this coloring book extra-delightful, in my opinion, is the addition of my favorite furry friend to the Parisian landscape. Cats!

In the introduction to the book, Won-Sun Jang writes,

"Before I knew it, cats began to find their place in my life.

I work from home, and I found myself wanting to share my day with someone. That’s when I met my first cat, Eva. After that, cats started to fill my empty spaces. They would stay near me—by the desk, beside the table, and under the bed before I went to sleep. Cats seemed to be close by all the time.

In order to learn their subtle language, I discovered that patience and observation is key. I was inspired by their smooth and fine movements, their eyes shining with a variety of colors, and their charming communications. The illustrations in this book are proof of such inspiration.

At first cats may seem cautious and shy. But they have a surprising charm. They approach you slowly and one day you realize they have taken over your entire life. I hope this book will become as enchanting as cats are. Fill in the blanks using your creativity.

The sketches, lines, and patterns in this book leave room for you to express your individuality—because a cat’s charm cannot be expressed in just one way! So, without further ado, I invite you to a magical world of cats as they slink through the streets of Paris and into a realm of imagination."

Jang's illustrations are so lovely. She has gotten the feline figures just right. As I look through, it's difficult to decide where to begin coloring as each image evokes memories of pets who have been part of my life through the decades.

I also appreciate that the scenes include both intimate settings within the sophisticated apartments of Paris and wider scenes amid the streets and sites of the beautiful city.

It is also fun that Jang so aptly illustrates a variety of breeds of cats! Bravo!

If you've been contemplating jumping aboard the adult coloring craze, but haven't taken the leap yet, I would suggest curling up with some French kitties, colored pencils or markers in hand, and relax. I believe Cats In Paris would pair well with a nice French wine as well!

Thank you to Blogging For Books for the free review copy I received in exchange for this honest review.

From the Publisher . . .

This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city's most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.

Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.

About the Author . . .

Won-Sun Jang is an award-winning Korean illustrator whose work has appeared in Vogue Korea, Elle Korea, Bazaar Korea, and InStyle Korea, and clients include MAC Cosmetics and Clinique. Winner of the Children’s Books Illustration Award from Kemongsa Publishers, she currently works as a package designer in Seoul, Korea. Since meeting Eva the Norwegian Forest Cat fourteen years ago, she has fallen in love with cats and the inspiration they bring to her art.

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