Mameshiba: On the Loose!

Overview

They're cute, they're curious, they're bean dogs.

Reads L to R (Western Style). It's a BEAN! It's a DOG! It's...BOTH?!

Meet Mameshiba, the cute little bean dogs with bite! Starring in their first ever adventures, they rescue friends, explore outer space, and offer interesting bits of trivia when you least expect it. Hold on tight—Mameshiba are on the loose!

And don't miss the...

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Overview

They're cute, they're curious, they're bean dogs.

Reads L to R (Western Style). It's a BEAN! It's a DOG! It's...BOTH?!

Meet Mameshiba, the cute little bean dogs with bite! Starring in their first ever adventures, they rescue friends, explore outer space, and offer interesting bits of trivia when you least expect it. Hold on tight—Mameshiba are on the loose!

And don't miss the Mameshiba Shorts!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Mameshiba, immensely popular characters in Japan with their own cartoons and merchandise, are adorable crosses between different varieties of beans and dogs, each with its own personality. They find as much peril in the kitchen sink drain as they do in outer space, and the adventurers use their strengths and weaknesses to either embroil themselves in more trouble or find their way out of it (whether intentionally or unintentionally). Mangastyle paneling and details like speed lines provide for fast-paced action, while chibi (cute) facial expressions and fanciful villains like sewer chickens and pink aliens provide cuteness and playfulness. Nerdy Lentil Bean and gregarious Edamame offer facts, figures, and trivia to anyone around them, which is a holdover from the characters' original incarnation (dreamt up by a Japanese advertising agency). The characters have enough personality to carry these stories, but the graphic novel lacks the bizarre charm of the original animated shorts. Turner, Monlongo, and Viz Media have reimagined the Mameshiba for a young audience, and while the results make for fun, fast reading, they may have lost the genuine quirkiness at the heart of the Mameshibas' broad appeal. Ages 8–12. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421538808
  • Publisher: Perfect Square
  • Publication date: 7/5/2011
  • Series: Mameshiba Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 595,845
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Turner started making comics as soon as he was first able to hold a pencil, and has been spouting a nonsensical whirlwind of monsters, robots and talking vegetables ever since. His acclaimed web comic The Unfeasible Adventures of Beaver and Steve won tens of thousands of followers online, and his anthropomorphic crime fighting team “The Super Animal Adventure Squad” appeared weekly in the pages of the children’s comic the DFC. He has sworn that he will not stop making comics until every bizarre character, every unfeasible adventure, and every terrible pun has been uncovered. But he might stop for a bit if someone offers him a biscuit.

Jorge Monlongo’s natural habitat is Madrid, Spain. He eats all sorts of things and likes to sleep late. He can sometimes be seen drawing comic books, illustrating books or painting, but usually it just likes hanging out and being lazy.

Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator, coffee drinker, and sometime ukelele player, based in deepest, darkest England. She has exhibited her work in galleries and shop windows around the world and her artwork has been reproduced on everything from placemats to t-shirts to umbrellas. She has also had her work published in various books, annuals and magazines. Gemma dreams of one day owning a house somewhere warm, with a mezzanine, pretty curtains and space for several small squishy-faced dogs and a few fluffy kitties.

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