Gulliver’s New Travels

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From Pavilion Books we received a review copy of “Gulliver’s New Travels” by James Gulliver Hancock for which we thank them kindly.

On the internet this can be found about this book: Take a walk on the wild side with this coloring book that is unlike anything you’ve ever encountered before. Using the original Gulliver’s Travels as an inspirational jumping off point, acclaimed illustrator James Gulliver Hancock has woven in his own personal experiences and travel stories among the incredible coloring scenes in this book. This modern take on the 18th-century Gulliver’s Travels plays with scale as in the land of Lilliput and the giants of Brobdingnag, while also referencing places from around our world, across many different landscapes, and even in future worlds and distant galaxies. The result is a coloring book that is playful, fanciful, and wonderful to behold. Hancock invites colorists to explore every facet of this book and make it their own with pens, pencils, paints, and more. Similar to taking a fantastic journey across new countries and cultures, Hancock encourages you to wander among the drawings, inviting you to discover details you might not have noticed at first, such as a diver swimming through flowers or a tiny climber scaling a cactus. From imaginary maps to giant birds, urban jungles to a flotilla of boats on the sea, it’s perfect for anyone with a passion for travel and color.

“Gulliver’s New Travels”; one would expect it to be about Gulliver the giant about whom there are already quite a few stories and books. But nothing is farther from the truth because the artist’s name is James Gulliver Hancock and he has incorporated the stories about his travels in this book. Of course it has it’s similarities with the other Gulliver’s travels but with a reference to it. He depicts himself as a giant but also as a little fellow. It’s all very amusing to look at.

The book has a rather thick cardboard cover but when I searched it on the internet it had a whole different cover there. We received the silver decorated version. I can’t really tell whether this is a special edition. The paper is of excellent quality and feels thick.

Let me show you some examples:

There is also room left for your own drawings like you can see on the last photo.

My first picture is of a suitcase that I colored in. I used Edding 1200 felt tip pens. You can see the onset where the pen hits the paper but with this picture I don’t think that’s a problem. A suitcase wears down in time. As for the rest, these felt tips do well on the paper and do not bleed through.

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My second picture I colored in using Koh-I-Noor Progresso colored pencils. These go wonderful on this paper. They almost glide over the paper. The only minor thing is that erasing did not go well. I worked outside the lines and did not manage to get it erased. But it does not show that much and I think it is not that much of a problem. All in all it the picture has turned out nicely.

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Conclusion: a very nice book with a reference to Gulliver’s travels that we all know from our childhood. The paper is of excellent quality and feels firm. Felt tip pens and colored pencils perform well on the paper. The pictures are not hard to color in and are therefore suitable for every colorist. If you can you draw then you can enjoy yourself because there is enough room to draw. A very nice and beautiful book!

Gegevens van dit boek:
Title: Gulliver’s new travels
Illustrator: James Gulliver Hancock
Publisher: Batsford
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8 x 250 x 250 mm
ISBN: 9781849943413
Price: € 12,99 (Bol ) / € 10,71 (Bookdepository)

This book is amongst others available at Bol & Bookdepository.


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