The Time Garden by Daria Song

The adult coloring book fad is in full-swing, so I thought I might take a look at the touted offerings being marketed for adults.  (I’ve always just made children’s coloring books my own while wishing they were more complex.)  The Time Garden actually has a through story to explain the drawings inside; however, it is so small and flimsy that I found myself wanting more of the story to give it depth or, alternatively, for there to be no words at all.  In either case, the illustrations are the main focus, and they are gorgeously detailed.  You can tell the author/illustrator put a lot of time and effort into these pictures while leaving plenty of space for the reader/artist to create something unique.




The book itself is printed on a heavier stock of paper, not quite card stock as there’s plenty of bend to the pages.  I haven’t tried out markers to check into bleeding issues, but colored pencils, ink pens, and gel pens worked great.  (Crayons would probably also work if you had the finer tips due to all the little areas in these drawings.)  If you want a flat surface to work on, you have three options. 1. Photocopy/trace the page before coloring.  2.  Tear out the page.  3. Risk breaking the spine.  The spine is not very thick so breakage or bending should not ruin its appearance; however, I found myself annoyed when trying to hold back the pages. There are also plenty of illustrations that have been duplicated, where one side has lots of detail and the other has mostly outlines (see image 1 above).  I liked having the option to create my own version of something the author/illustrator provided. Overall, this is a fantastic coloring book designed for adults who want to relax, be creative, or just have fun!


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. Then, explore the magical world outside the clock through the eyes of a fairy in the sequel, The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book.

Journey through the doors of a mysterious cuckoo clock into its inky inner workings 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.


DARIA SONG is an author and artist with a master’s degree in fiber arts from the Ewha Womans University Graduate School of Fine Arts. Winner of the Kyung Hyang Arts Contest, Song has exhibited at numerous galleries and museums in Korea, Singapore, Turkey, and Hong Kong. She is a lecturer at the Kaywon School of Arts and her illustrations can be found in Amore Pacific and SK Planet. She spent five years of her childhood in San Francisco before returning to Korea, and the sense of wonder and mystery that comes from living in a far-off place inspired her internationally best-selling adult coloring book, The Time Garden.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.Don’t forget to check out the newly released sequel, The Time Chamber.

The Time Chamber by Daria Song


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