Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt by Johanna Basford

Johanna Basford is a Scottish illustrator and her hand drawn illustrations are mostly in black and white. A graduate of the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Basford’s illustrations are found in many products including wallpapers, bottles and even tattoos. She does not use computers for her work as she finds them soulless, instead she draws by hand in her own little studio in a converted farm. In 2010 Basford was commissioned to illustrate the cover of Edinburgh Festival Fringe program for that year.

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book is a hugely popular book for adults (number 2 on Amazon best-seller list) created by Johanna Basford and since translated into 14 languages with over 2 million copies sold. Basford had been approached by Laurence King Publishing to create a colouring book for children, but she actually proposed one for adults starting a huge trend for adults. The paperback is 96 pages of beautiful and interactive garden illustrations and there are tiny garden creatures hidden on the pages waiting to be found! A key and index to the book are included and even the book’s cover and jacket are colour-able. The paperback version measures 10 x 9.9 inches and is suitable from ages 8 and up.