This gorgeous puzzle is an Aimee Stewart – I had no idea! I don’t really check who the artist is most of the time before I start working a puzzle; I just knew the image spoke to me, and thought it would be fun, if a bit challenging to assemble. Well, of course it was – it’s an Aimee Stewart! I put together the entire puzzle and didn’t know until I started writing up this post that it was by my favorite artist.
The quality was fantastic, as per usual for a Ravensburger. Just feeling the weight and finish of the pieces makes me smile; I think I could tell a Ravensburger piece from all others at 20 paces. (Well, maybe 2 paces, these eyes are getting older every day). Holding a piece while contemplating it’s placement and rubbing my thumb across the top of it gives me a quiet kind of happiness, it’s like meditation.
This was a little more challenging than your average Aimee Stewart puzzle; the colors are much more muted, and the scene itself was more difficult. The flowers below the sign and the ivy around the edges were the hardest for me. The books everywhere were less difficult than I’d assumed, even though there are so many of them!
This little girl in her pretty purple frock is so sweet, and it’s such a pretty color.
All those books in the window? You can read the titles, and look at the detail! I should have known who the artist was. I can’t believe I didn’t. I’m hanging my head in shame.
I’d seen this image several times before I finally took the plunge and got it for myself, and am I ever glad I did. Have you been thinking of buying this? Go for it, this puzzle is highly recommended. 👍👍
- Title: The Bookshop
- Artist: Aimee Stewart
- Brand: Ravensburger
- Piece count: 1000 pieces
- Size: Approx. 27 x 20 in. (69 x 51cm)
- Purchased: New
- Board: Excellent
- Cutting: Excellent
- Image: Excellent
- Box: Average
- Fit: Very good
- Puzzle Dust: Small amount
- Piece cut: Grid cut
- Piece shapes: Very good variety
- Finish: Slightly shiny finish, lays flat
Overall Rating: Excellent, highly recommended