Friday, May 4, 2012
Mameshiba: On the Loose!
Written by James Turner, illustrated by Jorge Monlongo & Gemma Correll
VIZ Media, 2011
February 22nd, 2012
Age: 6+ (All!)
Description: The comic adventures of various mameshiba (Japanese for “bean dog”). In “Journey to the Center of the Sink” the mameshibas must travel down the kitchen sink to rescue Pea 3 (the third pea in the pod) when a swimming accident goes horribly wrong. They end up facing mutant sewer chickens and tribal carrots. In “Beans in Space” Lentil, the smart bean, tries to teach the other mameshibas about space. After an experimental pea pod rocket actually catapults them into orbit they get to visit the moon, Mars, and meet some aliens who want to turn them into slaves in their new soon-to-be-opened jelly factory.
Opinion: Each bean dog has their own distinct personality (you can even purchase plushies of them). The humor is hilarious and very dead-pan in style. The book includes a chart of the mameshibas and extra short one-page comics as well. The stories are quick, laugh out loud funny, and good for all ages. The art is very reminiscent of an action-packed cartoon.