Guru Guru Pon-chan, Volume 1

Guru Guru Pon-chan, Volume 1

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by Satomi Ikezawa
     
 
RUFF RUFF LIFE

Ponta is a Labrador retriever puppy, the Koizumi family’s pet. She’s full of energy and usually up to some kind of mischief. But when Grandpa Koizumi, an amateur inventor, creates the Guru Guru Bone, Ponta’s curiosity causes trouble. She nibbles the bone–and turns into a human girl!

Surprised but undaunted, Ponta ventures out

Overview

RUFF RUFF LIFE

Ponta is a Labrador retriever puppy, the Koizumi family’s pet. She’s full of energy and usually up to some kind of mischief. But when Grandpa Koizumi, an amateur inventor, creates the Guru Guru Bone, Ponta’s curiosity causes trouble. She nibbles the bone–and turns into a human girl!

Surprised but undaunted, Ponta ventures out of the house and meets Mirai Iwaki, the most popular boy at school. When Mirai saves her from a speeding car, Ponta changes back into her puppy self. Yet much has changed for Ponta during her short adventure as a human. Her heart races and her face flushes when she thinks of Mirai now. She’s in love! Using the power of the Guru Guru Bone, Ponta switches back and forth from dog to girl–but can she win Mirai’s affections?

Winner of the Kodansha Manga of the Year Award!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The theme of this goofy shape-changing story recalls Othello by the same author: a caring boy can rescue a mentally challenged transforming girl. Pon-chan is a playful Labrador retriever puppy, and her inadvertently destructive behavior disrupts her family. Then Grandpa invents a bone that's supposed to allow pets to talk, but when Pon-chan swallows it, she turns into a little girl. At first, the humor revolves around the expected contrast between dog and human behavior: it's a bit shocking to see a naked child pooping on the lawn or jumping unashamedly on a stranger. The silly stuff is just a setup for a more meaningful story line, though, as Pon-chan falls in love with the neighbor boy. Several months later, she's an adult dog, which makes her a teenager who must be sneaked into school when she transforms. She learns to speak, but she's still a dog mentally, sticking her head out the school bus window or fetching a Frisbee in her teeth. The cartoony art is full of caricatures, with frequently exaggerated expressions to sell the emotion. Although much of the book is broad comedy, the emotional underpinnings give the story a sweetly appealing side as well. (Aug. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345480958
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/26/2005
Series:
Guru Guru Pon-Chan Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.01(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Guru Guru Pon-chan, Volume 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guru Guru Pon Chan is so cool. I would love it so much if my dogs could turn human. I that it was so funny that Ponta's first word was poop. I think it's sad that they are fighting over the same guy. But I LOVED the manga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is so cute! I too think Ponta's first word poop was funny! Try Sugar Sugar Rune! I think Woo is real cute and cares about people a lot. Cute Woo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Guru Guru Pon-chan. Oh my gosh. I hope Ikezawa-san creates more mangas so that the people can read more and enjoy Ikezawa-san's work.