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Children's LiteratureThis is another in a series of "Manga Mania" books published by Watson-Guptill, which gives youngsters tips on how to create popular Japanese-style cartoon characters. Chibi are the cloyingly sweet big-eyed little people of the manga world; artist-author Hart repeatedly describes them as "cute" and "adorable." Apparently American children are as obsessed with drawing these characters as are their Japanese counterparts. Hart details the proportions (enormous round heads, chunky bodies, tiny hands and feet) that characterize these cartoon creations, as well as a multiplicity of poses, facial expressions, attitudes and, above all, costumes. A large section is devoted to human-cat hybrid creatures, always female, with vaguely disturbing sexual overtones. There is also a chapter on monsters rendered in the non-threatening chibi style, usually dewy-eyed animals with some sort of machine-like parts tacked on. This is not really an instructional book, but the author provides plenty of examples for budding manga artists to copy. It will undoubtedly prove to be a popular addition to the libraries of those children already bitten by the manga bug. 2006, Watson-Guptill Publications, Ages 8 to 12.