Published January 12th 2016 by Little, Brown and Company
Format reviewed: Finished copy via publisher
Discover dot-to-dots like you've never seen before. These 31 puzzles are intricate and complex, and will keep you guessing from number 1 all the way up to 500. Watch as the lines transform into playful kittens and ferocious felines.
Fun for all ages, these puzzles will also promote concentration, relaxation, and mindfulness. So grab your pencils and feel the stress melt away as you bring these playful scenes to life!
After all, publishers have already graduated from putting out books with traditional coloring designs, to also publishing coloring books that focus on specific adult fandoms – e.g. Sherlock or Game of Thrones. How would they step it up from there?
I received my answer in late December, when I received Dot-to-Dot Cats and Dot-to-Dot Cities from Little Brown. Both books are throwbacks to another fun childhood activity – connecting the dots – with the option of letting readers color the pictures when they’ve finished connecting.
However, I soon ran into a snag.
While the individual pictures were constructed in a way that were fairly easy to follow – e.g. the starting point is always bolded, and the patterns have incorporated bolded lines into specific areas to help readers connct the drawing – the sheer number of dots in each drawing meant that each dot was miniscule, and also closely crowded together.
E.g. the first drawing I attempted had 639 dots.
The font size for each of the dots was tiny, as well. I found myself frequently having to hold the book about an inch away from my face as I hunted for the next dot, which was definitely something I had anticipated doing. While my end drawing was fairly detailed and cool, I definitely felt that the process could have gone smoother, had the page been larger.
I asked my friend and her son to test out Dot-to-Dot Cities, and she reported having similar issues. While she also thought the drawings were easy to follow and ultimately turned out well, the sheer number of dots and size of the book, meant that each dot was miniscule and weren’t a good fit for her “… aging eyes.”
From a quality standpoint, the pages are thick, and perfect for both pen and coloring pencils. While I don’t think the paper would necessarily stand up to markers, the miniscule size of the dots basically makes that consideration a moot point.
All in all, while both my guest reviewer and I loved the patterns and concept of these connect-the-dot books, we both agreed that the overall design of the book had to be refined, before we would try the books again.
However, we both agreed that all of the fundamental pieces were there: the designs were fun, and the actual practice of connecting the dots was easy. All we need now is for Little Brown to make the books larger and the dots more spread out, and we’ll have a winner on our hands.