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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Miniature Editions; Min edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762431148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762431144
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 2.8 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee created Kim, the angry little Asian girl, for a brief cartoon that was a response to insulting Asian characters in other cartoons. In this collection of her weekly strip, she expands the idea to include a bunch of girls of different races. The book aims for wry humor and occasionally achieves it, as when Xyla, the gloomy girl, says, "The thought of suicide is what keeps me alive." But actual laughs are rare. Lee's minimal drawing style recalls Peanuts, Life in Hell and South Park, and she tries to emulate their tone. Like Peanuts, she gives her child characters adult neuroses, cynical worldviews and a touch of sadness. But her plain approach never reaches that strip's subtlety. Nor does her satire come close to Life in Hell, which at its best was relentless about the state of love, work and childhood in the modern world. Instead, we have a trifle that seems too timid to say much about anything, ironically packaged with a hard cover and heavy, full-color glossy pages. (Apr.)
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What if Peanuts was for grown-ups with attitude? Angry Little Girls revels in sarcastic humor in a collection of strips that show that life isn't always nice. The characters, drawn with less detail than Schulz used in Peanuts (think dilbert and get simpler), lampoon cliches with humor and finesse. If there is no continuing story linking the strips, the characters embody all the stereotypes any strip could accommodate, such as angry girl Kim, bored princess Deborah, and gloomy Xyla. Lee's art is cute as well as simple, a send-up of kiddy-book style, and the strip format allows the characters to be as adult or childish as the jokes require. Although Lee is only poking fun, the humor is at times not very politically correct, so perhaps the faint of heart and easily miffed should be warned. Oh, and play the fun bonus--an angry quiz. Tina Coleman
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I purchased these postcards as a gift for my 16 year old and she absolutely loved them.
Crissy White
I love this book b/c it really addresses the random anti-asian feeling in the "where are you from? no really, where are you from?" comments I always receive.
little heidi
Anger comes in many forms. (the quiz) The comics in this book reflect the many changing forms anger might take and pokes fun at being angry as well.
Chuy Chicken

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe Joe on June 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I saw a news program featuring Lela Lee last year, she was trying to get the strip published, but was turned down by every syndicate. I felt her anguish... Then she got this book published finally!! Great! I liked the priting and the colors... all resembling a children's book almost. But be warned, it's not PC at all, and there are curse words in it!

The strips are adorable, but lacking some "punch." It's kind of "gently" angry. I'd like to see Lela take these characters further, and evoke more empathy from the readers. I liked it when the character Kim says "I have no friend," and her mother says, "You Ugly, that why you have no friend." Ha ha... Sounds a lot like Margaret Cho's mother.

The drawing style is minimalistic, that's why the colors play up so importantly. Kim reminded me of Chibi-Maruko, a popular cartoon character, from Japan in the 80's.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By little heidi on August 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
She has a fun website: [...] and you can sign up for a free e-mail address, like [...]. So funny! I love this book b/c it really addresses the random anti-asian feeling in the "where are you from? no really, where are you from?" comments I always receive. Also, the mom is just like mine. spot on crazy asian mom. hooray!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emily on August 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
fresh, colorful, disturbing, funny. ALL you'd want in a comic book. a little vulgar, though, for me. by the end, the swearing gets a bit dull.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TheStinkyOne on July 13, 2005
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I found this book by chance at the bookstore and once I started reading it, I was hooked. It was fun, colorful and best of all I was left feeling good after reading it. I really hope Lela Lee continues to publish. It's definately not aimed at the average Joe of mainstream media. It's more of an "angry little girls" deal with the world sort of book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crissy White on March 17, 2007
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I purchased these postcards as a gift for my 16 year old and she absolutely loved them. The 'Angry Little Girls' books help to bring a lighter side to the very roller coaster life of a teenage girl. Even though they are silly and fun, they really created a common interest between me and my daughter. Also, she loves sharing the postcards and the books with her girlfriends. Both make great gifts. :-}
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chuy Chicken on August 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I really love Angry Little Girls. I think it says what I have been feeling but never brave enough to say. The thing about anger is that it is at times explosive, pensive, seething, or it's just ridiculous to be angry. I get this book and the way it delivers the irony about anger. People who have left reviews of the book that expected the book to be edgier, or more angrier, or wanted less cursing, or thought there was too much cursing just don't get it. ( I also suspect the ones who don't viscerally understand this book are men, who don't get why women are angry in the first place!) Anger comes in many forms. (the quiz) The comics in this book reflect the many changing forms anger might take and pokes fun at being angry as well. I say "YAY" for this book and that someone finally said what I feel in a fun and colorful way. Reading this book makes me feel good. I love it!
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Just so you guys are aware before you purchase, this is a very small book. It's smaller than most men's wallets or similar to the size of a little golden book that 90's kids collected but the book that I received was in excellent condition only missing the front sleeve of the book. I'm not heartbroken over it though because I usually through the paper sleevea away because they get in the way and are hard to keep track of.
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By bklyngal on March 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
from her adorable bags to her adorably angry characters, lela lee never disappoints! this is a great book for your favorite angry little girl. oh and her site is great too! [...] ... i am thinking about purchasing another "Get your own bag b$#*h" bag.
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