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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Worst Coloring Book is a humorous coloring book for adults written and illustrated by Jason Miller. The giant crayon adorning the title page of the book does not contain the expected Crayola brand name; rather there’s a blunt apology, a “sorry,” written within the oval blank instead. In his work, Jason Miller shares the delights and dullness of a typical workday, specifically a Monday, with his readers. We are a part of his world from the moment his ugly-sounding alarm clock disturbs his slumber, through his morning ablutions to his grey walk to the bus top and the ensuing trip surrounded by stinky fellow passengers. And that’s just the beginning. His illustrations are often not exactly what adults who enjoy coloring books will be looking for. They may find solace, however, in the large amounts of white space wherein they can indulge their own creative genius. Those spaces and intriguingly basic pictures may become a challenge of sorts for them.
The Worst Coloring Book is a very different kind of coloring book. Each picture will require at most two color selections to complete, and this might be a good thing as it may encourage coloring book fans to create their own worst coloring books in emulation of the author. That said, I doubt that anyone who reads this book won’t see themselves in the author’s shoes, at least at some point in their lives, and therein lies the brilliance of this non-assuming book whose sole claim to fame is being the worst of its kind. It probably is, but Miller’s story still grabs the heart and soul, and his wry sense of humor is a blessing indeed. Heck, for anyone thinking their Monday was the worst, Miller even includes a tasty nightmare of a scene at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Somehow, I doubt anyone can top that. Those readers with a sense of humor should seriously think about gifting this book to their adult coloring book friends, but also get one for themselves as well. You won’t have to pick up a crayon at all to appreciate the author’s work. The Worst Coloring Book is highly recommended.