This book is the third in a series of colouring books, following The Magical City and The Magical Christmas, by London-based graphic artist Lizzie Mary Cullen. Cullen graduated from Goldsmith’s College in 2008 winning the New Talent Silver Award in that year, New Designers One Year On Award in 2009 and the Association of Illustrators Gold Design Award in 2012. The books are available in more than 14 languages and have a worldwide following.
The production quality Cullen’s book is excellent and is full of variety, going beyond the cityscapes of The Magical City, including everything from sushi to people. It is a real gem, full of whimsical swirling drawings and is not only a colouring book but also a quirky travel guide.
Together with Lizzie the Artist and Paddy the Pug we are taken on ‘a journey’ around the world. Australia is included with pictures of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Broken Hill, Cook, Fremantle and Perth – as we travel along the route of the Indian Pacific train.
Hidden in the pictures are essential items the intrepid traveller will need along the way. All you have to do is find them, adding a global treasure hunt to the fun of colouring in. Not only does this book provide hours of relaxing fun for the adult colouring fan, it will also appeal to those who enjoy both travel and solving puzzles. It’s a great way to relax and unwind.
I highly recommend you check out Cullen’s website http://www.lizziemarycullen.com and see some of her other wonderful work and you could even treat yourself, or a loved one, to an original art work.
Reviewed by: Glyn Crisp
Rating out of 10: 9
Released by: Penguin Australia
Release Date: August 2016
RRP: $22.99 paperback