This softcover book written and illustrated by Daria Song has sturdy pages that feel like a light cardstock. Since the pictures are printed on both sides of the pages, I think colored pencils would work better than markers or paints which could bleed through. The story line is introduced on the first few pages with just a few paragraphs. From there, coloring pages reveal the adventure of a little girl and her cat as they set off to share gifts with others. There are 68+ coloring pages and I like the flow of the book. There is a short "ending" to the story, only 3 paragraphs that clues us in on what's going on.
Like some other coloring books of this type, the dust jacket is removable and the inside of the dust jacket could be colored, along with the outside cover of the actual book itself. I think this adds to the fun, practicality and opportunity to customize the item. If you want to toss the dust jacket aside to remove the bar code and other details, you will still have a beautiful book. While there are a good variety of pictures (nature setting, action, collage/full page design), the style is very consistent and whimsical which helps keep the theme and plot in mind. At the rear of the book, there is a visual index of the pages and a postcard you can remove and use if you wish. It is thoughtfully laid out.
I think this book would make a great gift item for older kids, teens, or adults and I absolutely agree that coloring is a stress-reducing activity. Some people find they can listen to lectures/speeches/sermons better when allowed to color at the same time. It's a great non-screen activity to get our children (or ourselves) interested in art and using their creativity and imaginations.
** In the interest of full disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I'm not required to give a positive review.