Illustrator: Hanna Karlzon
Pages: 96 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Source: For Review
Purchase: Amazon•TBD (affiliate link)
Led by the overwhelming popularity of the Daydreams Coloring Book series, comes a third coloring book collection from Hanna Karlzon.
Magical Dawn's 96-page hardbound edition lends a luxurious feel, encouraging artists to display their copy on a coffee table or bookshelf. Complete your collection with the Magical Dawn 20 Postcards, ideally priced and perfectly sized; and the Magical Dawn Artist’s Edition featuring twenty oversized art card designs to hang on one’s wall or share with friends. The variety of formats in each of Hannah Karlzon’s unique collections encourages collecting and gifting.
Magical Dawn–previously published as Magisk Gryning–is the artists third adult coloring book and appears to continue the journey of a young girl through a fantasy world. I don’t own the previous two books, but from what I’ve seen, this one is a worthy successor. The illustrations are detailed, crisp, and very interesting. There’s a mix of portraits of the girl, gems and potions, birds and bugs, and of course, flowers.
Magical Dawn is a true hardcover. It’s not just card stock with a dust jacket. It is a fully bound hardback book (no jacket). This makes it a little less portable, but a lot more sturdy. The inside is just as sturdy with thick, off-white coloring pages. The paper is a lot thicker than other coloring books that I own. My alcohol based markers did not bleed through, but the darker colors do leave faint shadows on the backside of the page. The pages are printed double sided, so be careful when using markers.
There are only a couple of double page spreads in Magical Dawn, which is good because being a hardback, it’s impossible to get to the details within the binding without breaking the spine. A few of the single page illustrations also have details which creep into the binding, but for the most part the drawings stop before the inside edges. Other than that, the only thing that keeps this one from being a favorite are all of the portrait pages. They’re gorgeous to look at, but I’m just not a fan of coloring faces. Of course, this is just a personal preference and says nothing about the quality of the book itself. Which is simply fantastic.
If the quality and imaginative drawings of Magical Dawn are any indication, I’m going to need to get my hands on Daydreams and Summer Nights as well. If you already own one of both of those, you’ll definitely want to add this one to your collection as well.