Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Night Voyage
Daria Song is one of the many talented artists contributing to the popular adult coloring book genre. Where Song stands out, however, is by weaving her artistic genius throughout the pages of an imaginative story. Most of the story is not even written but beautifully "narrated" through the amazing pictures that Song has crafted.
While The Night Voyage is the third in a series, this book can be enjoyed (and illustrated) without having read or even seen the first two (but trust me, you'll want the others anyway). Feeling a little lonely in the absence of her parents, the heroine decides to embark on a world-wide mission of good will--how terrific is that? I love that Song takes the opportunity to feature a self-less, compassionate little girl--quite a contrast to the normal rowdy, rude and uncouth protagonists of so much juvenile literature these days!
Each page is full of detail and wonder and so much creativity. This is the kind of coloring book that could last you several months if not several years depending on how often you color. And actually, the book is a gem even if you leave it uncolored. The heartwarming story is worth reading and hopefully sharing with a young person in your life. With so much to color on each page, you could easily pair up with a tween child or grandchild to color together.
And after reading the story, go back and play some "I Spy" because there are worlds within every page of Song's book. Readers will find some architectural hints to some of the places visited.
Song's book is a masterpiece for any age. Young children will have difficulty staying in the intricate lines but they will adore the story. I would reserve the coloring for ages 8 and up (depending on their coloring skill). Grab your copy and experience the magic of The Night Journey.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Night Voyage from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.