Johanna Basford to Create Two New Coloring Books For Adults

By Maryann Yin 

Johanna Basford (GalleyCat)British artist Johanna Basford (pictured, via) has inked a deal with Penguin Random House to create two new coloring books for adults. Book one, entitled Lost Ocean: An Underwater Adventure & Coloring Book, will be released on October 27th.

Here’s more from the press release: “With LOST OCEAN, Johanna Basford invites color-inners of all ages to discover an enchanting underwater world hidden in the depths of the sea. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, color, and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopi, and delicately penned seahorses.”

Madeline McIntosh, the president of the Penguin Publishing Group, and Jake Lingwood, the deputy managing director and publisher at Ebury Publishing, negotiated the deal with literary agent Ed Victor. Meg Leder, the executive editor at the United States’ Penguin Books, and Elen Jones, an editor at the United Kingdom’s Virgin Books, will edit these projects.