#adultcoloring The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book

This is a first for me. I’ve done a lot of book reviews for authors and publishers over the years, but this is my first coloring book. But, it’s not just any old coloring book; this is a book specifically for adults. I’m sure you’ve all seen the adult coloring craze in full force these last few months; but adult coloring has been around for ages. I’m actually thrilled to see art in mainstream media. As someone who grew up with an art-loving parent, I grew up appreciating the creative soul inside all of us.

I’m also irritated with myself. I have a pile of art that I could easily digitize and turn into a coloring book. Why didn’t I think of that sooner? Going full-on nerd mode here, have I ever told you I was in art club through high school? President my senior year. It makes me giggle. And I wasn’t even the best artist in the class!

Coloring is a big part of my life; not just drawing. Honestly, it’s my lifesaver. When I started my mental health therapy many moons ago, one of the things my psychiatrists and therapists always encouraged was sticking with my art. They made it a point to tell me that even if I was not inspired to draw, I should buy a coloring book and crayons and color my little heart out. Then, I would sort of laugh about it.

Now, that studies are showing this adult coloring craze is actually a good thing, I smile. Guess my Drs knew what they were talking about all along.

I’ve been creating Mandala’s. I find the process of creation therapeutic. I love coloring them with bold bright colors. Pointalism is my art of choice, so when looking for a coloring book, I look for drawings which have open spaces perfect for me to cover with a million little dots.

This book is not one of them.

The Time Garden is a beautiful piece of work. What I loved is not only is it a coloring book, it’s actually a story book. I could see someone coloring and personalizing the story book and giving it to a young child as a gift.

The front of the book has a To/From space while the back of the book has an index of all the coloring scenes within the book.

The story is cute; a sleeping girl and her dream. The drawings are sweet and beautiful. I can appreciate each piece.

Personally though, these pieces of work don’t really appeal to me to color. I did make a copy of one of the pages to color for the purpose of this blog.

It’s all about personal preference, so please don’t take that as I didn’t like the book itself; because I did.

From Amazon:

A dazzlingly beautiful coloring book for all ages, The Time Garden will sweep you away into a whimsical cuckoo clock–inspired world, created in intricate pen and ink by the internationally best-selling Korean artist Daria Song.

Journey through the doors of a mysterious cuckoo clock into its inky innerworkings to discover a magical land of clock gears, rooftops, starry skies, and giant flying owls—all ready for you to customize with whatever colors you can dream up.

Cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . cuckoo . . . When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll wonder, was it all a dream?

The Time Garden features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.

You can currently preorder The Time Garden on Amazon for $8.79

Disclosure: I received the ARC for free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher. I was no compensated for my post. I was not required to write a positive review. All photos and opinions are 100% mine. Links are Amazon links; if you follow and make a purchase, I’ll make a few cents.


Have you been bitten by the adult coloring bug? What are you coloring?

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  1. I love the idea of an adult coloring book. I have been coloring since I was little and I still like to do it. I think it is very relaxing and soothing. Nothing better than the smell of a fresh box of crayons!

  2. I love to draw and color. It’s fun and also relaxing. I just heard of these coloring pages a few days ago I am going to pick some of these up and have some fun.

  3. I love coloring even if it’s just in my kiddo’s coloring books! Not only is it relaxing, it’s a creative way to have some down time with the kids. Plus, the finished artwork is always fun to hang on the fridge! lol

  4. This is nice, reminds me of the books I found today. I went to the school today and the new librarian are getting rid of old books and they are free so I ook for some art books and found four of them. I hit the jackpot.

  5. I’ve loved coloring since I was a little girl. I can’t wait to get my hands on this coloring book for adults. Coloring is so calming.

  6. I read an article a couple of weeks ago about how adult coloring is becoming a popular way to relax 🙂 What a gorgeous looking coloring book – I could definitely get back into coloring!

  7. Adult coloring books are a great way to de-stress. It also stimulates the right side of our brain, the one responsible for creativity and art appreciation. Time to give my left brain a rest for a few minutes!

  8. This is one thing I am so going to be getting into for sure for relaxation. My son has even heard about the coloring books for adults but he is 24 also. Anyway I am going to have to check this out for sure. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Looks lovely and like something to do to relieve stress and really relax. I wish I could find the time I’d love to sit and see how it is for me.

  10. I love to color. I was thrilled when i saw coloring books for adults at the book store. I will have to order this on Amazon.

  11. I have been hearing a lot about these adult coloring books lately, and I really want a couple of them! I’ve always found coloring and drawing to be therapeutic.

  12. This adult coloring thing comes and goes in waves apparently they are singing like LL Cool J “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years” LOL

    At Toy Fair in New York City this year I saw quite a few as well. (I actually thing this brand pitched me as well but since I wasn’t taking a vacation this summer I opted not to, because the only other way I would have time to ‘color’ would be on the toilet and I’m sure they weren’t trying to hear all that!) 🙂

  13. These are so amazing! I also had that – why didn’t I think of that moment! I have several of these and use them at work to refocus!

  14. I hear about adult coloring books all over the place but to tell the truth I am happy just coloring with the kids in their coloring books. 🙂 Although adult coloring books are fun to color I don’t find having a grown up coloring book necessary to my ability to enjoy coloring but this one does look cute and I love books with themes. It is pretty col you were in the art club. I was in one in college and loved it.

    1. I color with kiddo all the time and her father and I have our own coloring books. But, these adult versions, they are just prettier to me. A bit more artistic.

  15. I love this. I actually just bought an adult coloring book on Amazon this week! I’m so excited that it’s becoming a cool thing so I’m not the only crazy adult who gets excited about colored pencils and coloring within the lines. lol

  16. Coloring was one of my favorite things as a kiddo! I would win every coloring contest I would enter! Loving the idea of adult covering!

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