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The Cute Book
     

The Cute Book

4.5 6
by Aranzi Aronzo, Anne Ishii (Translator)
 
The world of craftsters is full of things Japanese Cute - kawaii, and the look created by Aranzi Aronzo is familiar to many but not until now has a single one of the hundreds of bootleg American copies they've sold been in English. Finally these priceless books of mascots, accessories, clothing and well, just about everything, come in ready-to-read

Overview

The world of craftsters is full of things Japanese Cute - kawaii, and the look created by Aranzi Aronzo is familiar to many but not until now has a single one of the hundreds of bootleg American copies they've sold been in English. Finally these priceless books of mascots, accessories, clothing and well, just about everything, come in ready-to-read English!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“I therefore give The Cute Book my highest recommendation: It’s a craft book that really works. Unlike, say, Martha Stewart, the Aranzi Aronzo people have come up with patterns that look good even when ordinary people make them.” - Manga Blog

“Most of the patterns fall in the “Oh, how cute” category, but there are several with guy appeal.
Get this book! Kids, teens, and adults will all want to borrow it.”- The yayayas

“It seems like a bit of a bold move to call something ‘The Cute Book’ because you better be sure you can deliver. Luckily Aranzi Aronzo is in the business of delivering on cute.” - http://www.Thimble.ca

“Whether you’ve dedicated an entire room in your house to “crafting” or break out in hives at the mere mention of gimp, it’s hard to deny the weirdly winsome appeal of Aranzi Aronzo’s DIY books”.- Popcultureshock

School Library Journal

Adult/High School
This quirky little craft book has a "Hello Kitty" feel; it's a how-to manual for creating small felt mascots that induce smiles but apparently have no serious purpose. There is an illustrated table of contents, and the book includes patterns and instructions for making 19 different creatures. There are also instructions for making a kidnapper, a bad guy, a liar, and an alien. Narrators White Rabbit and Brown Bunny, two of the felt mascots, assure readers that "you can do this . . . it's fun and easy." The book assumes no knowledge of or previous experience with handicrafts and opens with an illustrated spread listing basic supplies and explaining techniques. Each pattern is introduced with an amusing thumbnail biography of the mascot, and encouraging words to readers. The tone is light and goofy, but the instructions are clear, with numbered diagrams and photographs of finished work. The book concludes with appliqué techniques and photographs of suggested uses for and misuses of the mascots (e.g., use as a bookmark is not recommended as it looks painful). This book will appeal to young teens interested in crafting and could also be used in a library craft program.
—Sondra VanderPloegCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932234688
Publisher:
Kodansha USA
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Pages:
47
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.65(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Aranzi Aronzo claims to be a Mexican-Japanese man and Norwegian Vietnamese-Indian man working at securities firms and playing the tambourine full time. All we really know about them however, is that they are actually two sisters who create mischief and fun through easy and fun crafts.

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The Cute Book 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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this book is so adorable, and you can make the characters? Awsome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the book was outstanding and that people all around the world would love to have the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you will love this book if you enjoy to sew and make crafts. not only is the book super kawaii it also gives good instructions, has good pictures, and gives to you some other ideas to do with your new plush creations!!!! :] i'm sooo glad i bought it, now i have a new hobbie when i get bored plus you can give out your felt plushies as presents!