Book review – Sagolikt by Emelie Lidehäll Öberg

Now here’s this something special I mentioned a few days ago, drumroll anyone? I’m always excited to find new authors that aren’t super known like Johanna Basford and Sagolikt by Emilie Lidehäll Öberg is so magical, you just have to see this. Sweden is truly quickly becoming The Place for coloring books. To make things even better, Sagolikt will be published in English in March 2017.

Details: Paperback, Pagina Förlag Publishing, 2016
Pages: 250 x 260 x 10 mm, 96 pages, smooth and thick paper, double-sided
Where to get: Pen StoreBokus

As far as I can tell, Sagolikt means something in the lines of “fairytale-like”, correct me if I’m wrong. And like a fairy tale this book truly is. There are hints to Alice but generally it’s a dreamy fairytale-like book filled with beautiful images. I like the highly stylized girls too, the cheeks remind me of an incredibly old Russian animation where the heroine rubbed her cheeks with beetroot to look pretty, I loved it as a child and to my grandmas dismay, I actually tried that beauty trick while she was making borscht.
I had a hard time picking an image to color first, I loved so many of them. I chose the one I did because of the expression on the girls face and her antlers, I’ve drawn girls with antlers for a while, dabbling with the idea so I was hit by the familiarity of the idea in a good way.
The paper is very nice, to me it doesn’t feel completely the same as Hanna Karlzon and Maria Trolle books, I might be wrong but it feels a bit thinner, however it is absolutely a dream to color on, just like the others are. The cover is paperback, also different from Karlzon and Trolle, it’s still gorgeous, I love the gold foil and the patterns inside the covers, it’s totally colorable too, nice cardstock, great for markers or pencils alike.
The images are on both sides of the pages but there are no double spreads which is actually a good thing in my eyes. I love and hate double spreads. Not for the amount of work but because I can NEVER creep into the binding well enough, no matter how hard I try and the remaining white paper showing bugs me to no end.

So, my example:
Colored with Prismacolor Premier, some Derwent Drawing for background and white Posca for highlight details.

Overall I’m completely in love with this book. I love all the coloring books in my shelf (okay maybe not ALL but most), sometimes with the amount of books coming out constantly, I do love them all but the enchantment is not always present, if you know what I mean. The sense of wonder and excitement and eagerness to pick a picture, the feeling of Christmas when you open your mailbox. That for me is here with Sagolikt. And that makes Sweden officially my favorite country in the whole wide world since now my so far favorites Karlzon and Trolle have company. Seems I’ll have to start learning Swedish to fit in 😀

On this note, I will be taking a few days off from book reviews, I want to concentrate on the color along project and it’s lighting issues and also I’ve been wanting to do some pencil testing for a while which I haven’t found the time for. So next book review will be in a few days, until then, next part of the color along of Hanna Karlzon’s Sommarnatt girl will be up soon so stay tuned!

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.
Disclaimer: all of the above opinions are mine, you might have a different experience and opinions



8 thoughts on “Book review – Sagolikt by Emelie Lidehäll Öberg

  1. I was so happy for your review and flip through on Sagolikt. I’ve been searching for something truly whimsical and full of magic, and this it on every page.

    I loved your BlomsterMandala review as well. So. . with thanks to you Iris, I had a Swedish Christmas waiting for me in the mail yesterday. Yes, I had to have them both! I could not possibly wait for U.S. release dates. I had the same thought as you, about Sweden and their great illustrators. (I may be a bit partial, as I’m 1/2 Swedish). I speak some, but can’t read it! I will happily pay the shipping fee, for months and months of happy coloring 😊

    Thanks again. Oh, and your picture from the book was gorgeous. Such beautiful colors, capturing the essence I think perfectly.


    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it 🙂
      Wow, that will be an amazing mailday when they arrive! I just love these books so much, hands down my favorites along with Hanna Karlzon.
      That’s very cool that you’re part Swedish. Have you ever been there?


      1. I actually received them both, yesterday! I love them. I will be spending hours/days going through both. It’s hard enough to chose when you have only 1 book to look through. This will be super fun 🙂 And I love Hanna as well. Her 3 postcard books were in my mail last week 🙂

        I’ve never been to Sweden, but do plan on going. My husband gets a trip to see a major golf tournament, and I’ll get Sweden. But we’ll travel with each other. I just need to keep up with my Swedish 😊

        Your wreath from Blomstermandala, is gorgeous. Wonderful colors. Looking forward to your reviews on the watercolors 😊


  2. I think I remember that Russian fairytale with the beetroot scene. I grew up in Slovakia and was fascinated by beetroot for the same reason. lol. Was it called something like Mrazik? (That’s how we translated it in Slovakia – it means Little Frost)


  3. Your colouring from this is simply stunning!!!
    Wonderful flick through also. This book has been on my wishlist forever!! – Due to the major increase to Pen Store delivery to the UK I am waiting it out as it will soon be on Amazon UK. The flick through definitely has me feeling impatient for the release now lol ❤


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