“In To the Ocean Deep, coloring artists will travel beneath crashing waves all the way to the mysterious depths of the ocean floor.
“In To the Moon, coloring artists will journey from a house on earth, past dragons, witches, space ports and flying elephants, to reach the outer space!” [press release]
The Coloring Books
To the Ocean Deep: The Longest Coloring Book in the World takes coloring book fans from the deck of a cruise ship down into an unusual house boat, and then into a mini-city. The mini-city attaches to and through a speed-boat to more underwater housing including blossoming trees—in a three-tier oxygen-filled globe, complete with a pyramid (lest your forget one of the seven wonders of the world on your way to sunken treasure). And we are just getting started. You are still 13 feet away from the treasure chest.
To get To the Ocean Deep, you must go through more submergible vehicles—and one real submarine—past an Egyptian pyramid, and through an underwater forest. Actually, everything is “underwater” so we’ll forego that term from here on out er, down. To help you quickly enter the deepest water, winding stairs, tubes, and ropes wait at the ready. There is even an underwa— uh, a winding train ready to help you move down the largest submersible in coloring book history.
Boredom will not overtake you on your trip To the Ocean Deep. Visit a pagoda and the Statue of Liberty. Whale watch, other creature watch, and be watched by the sea so deep. Eventually the bottoms of the ocean will appear and as will a treasure chest of, well, treasure!
If going down is not your idea of 15 feet of fun, then go up
To the Moon: The Tallest Coloring Book in the World begins at home. Start your climb through the sky tubes and the connected buildings—with oxygen zones, so as not to take your breath away. An elephant helps support the structure in the early phases, holding up what looks like a huge washing machine and a castle. Early on, maybe five feet in the air, is a blimp. Water-filled globes make a faraway home for a few sharks. Several wind turbines help power the climbing structure and the various animals residing up this far (a giant squid, flying elephants, and dragons).
As you continue your ascent through the darkening sky, keep a sharp eye out for all the oddball creatures, the circus, acrobatic sheep (must have escaped the circus), and the giant gumball machine. I hope you retrieve your mail before you began climbing. What? The mailbox was right there by the house. You’re very close to the moon when dragons begin looking at you like their next meal. Get past the dragons and the moon and its satellites await. Pop into a crater and rest a bit—it was a long, tall trip.
The pages in To the Moon and To the Deep Ocean easily spread apart, but you might need a long table—15 feet—if you want to see them in their entirety. The pages are easy to color with colored pencils and are thick enough to accept most art markers without a bleed. The detail is imaginative and, as a whole, To the Moon and To the Ocean Deep are creatively remarkable.
If you like to add your own details and special touches, you’ll find adequate room to do so no most every page. The final page in each book are designed for you to make completely your own—a wonderful reward for all the hard work you’ve done accomplishing a 15-foot, one-page coloring book. While this is a lot of work and takes a good amount of time, the fun outweighs all else. Kids will love seeing their completed book hung on their bedroom wall or perhaps their ceiling.
For families and teachers, one wonderful aspect of a 15-foot coloring book is the ability to space kids beyond the reach of their little arms and still have a wonderful and wacky foot or two for each child to color. The detail in both coloring books is exceptional. Strange, oddball (yes, I know this is redundant, but if you see all the freaky wonders in each trip, you too will double-speak).
Where was I? Oh, yes. Strange, oddball objects and creatures abound high in the sky and deep in the ocean. If you love to color, and who doesn’t these days, take a family vacation to the moon or the ocean. Or both. Why color only 15-feet when you can color 30-feet? The “world’s tallest and longest coloring books” are both fun and addictive. Gather several of you coloring friends and have a fifteen-foot party. (No expedition gear required.)
TO THE OCEAN DEEP: THE LONGEST COLORING BOOK IN THE WORLD & TO THE MOON: THE TALLEST COLORING BOOK IN THE WORLD. Illustrations copyright © 2016 by Sarah Yoon. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Laurence King Publishing, New York, NY.
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Reprinted with permission from TO THE OCEAN DEEP & TO THE MOON © 2016 by Sarah Yoon, Laurence King Publishing.
Copyright © 2016 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved
Full Disclosure: To the Ocean Deep: The Longest Coloring Book in the World & To the Moon: The Tallest Coloring Book in the World by Sarah Yoon, and received from Laurence King Publishing, is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
To the Ocean Deep . . . . . . To the Moon
Created by Sarah Yoon . . . . . Created by Sarah Yoon
Laurence King Publishing 5/01/2016 . Laurence King Publishing 2/01/2016
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