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Meet Mameshiba! Paperback – July 5, 2011
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However, the actual book itself is pretty badly assembled. Flipping through the book one WILL cause pages to detach from the glue binding. It won't be long before that, (may one or two more flip throughs,) that every single other page and the cover itself will come loose from the binding. I brought it back to the comic store to see if I could get one without faulty binding, but it turns out every single one does this. So beware of that.
There are a few things that make this book worth noting. First off, it's unique for the fact that Mameshiba is a Japanese thing, but the books are American. They're not like Viz's other books, which are translated into English from the Japanese. English is Meet Mameshiba!'s first language.
Second, it's an interesting read for multiple ages. Most of it is pretty basic, and written for young readers. Different characters are introduced with short sentences and each character gets a few pages written about them. However, the book also gives bits of trivia. Some of the trivia I already knew, and some of it was brand new to me. For instance, the book teaches us, "A clam found off the coast of Iceland was determined to be between 405 and 410 years old--Earth's oldest living creature" and "The ancient Incas of Peru buried peanuts with their mummies."
Meet Mameshiba!, it seems, is written both for the short attention span and the trivia fan. A small, squarish book, it consists of both comic panels and pages like picture books. There are photographs and drawings both. Sometimes little toys of the Mameshiba appear in real photographs, and at other times they're simply hand-drawn. This book has no plot, but instead introduces the characters, gives children puzzles and games to do, and pops up frequently with various form of trivia.
Some of the words are a little big for young readers--like "unsolicited"--though the majority of the language is pretty basic. The little bean dogs are cute, and at one point the book shows children how to draw them.Read more ›
This book is super adorable and it's really a shame the binding is defective. It's like they accidently glued it with notepad glue instead of permanent glue.
I was extremely careful when flipping through it the first time, got to the end and said "well, guess it will hole up alright!" Then flipped the last page to have the whole chunk of inside pages fall completely out of the cover!
I ordered the next Mameshiba book coming out and am hopeful they will have changed binding methods. If not, I guess I will return it, too.
As soon as I saw this book, I knew I had to buy it.
It's a little bit smaller than I expected but honestly, I don't really care. This book is just too cute and funny. It also includes a few "extras" such as the steps to drawing Edamame, and few quizzes and other things.
After my first read of the book, I noticed that the last page was tearing away from the binding. I think when this book gets old enough, it will simply fall apart. Quite disappointing.
My advice is, be gentle with this book and whenever you open it, make sure to fold the page along the crease that's about 5mm from the spine and hopefully the binding can remain decent enough to hold in every single page.
The content is terrific. The Mameshibas are cute and funny, and the information they deliver is interesting. BTW: There is a real focus on flatulence which is hilarious. I guess it makes sense since they are beans.
If it weren't for the content, I would give this product a 1-star rating.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow this book makes me want to perform some kind of philosophical research about puppy legumes all of it I mean I even saw a sneakpeek about an unreleased domo brownie Monster nom... Read morePublished 10 months ago by salimah
Bought the book through a 3rd party vendor. First day it fell apart. What a waste of moneyPublished 11 months ago by Kevin
As per other reviewers, the cover fall off within less than 10 minutes. Sweet little book otherwise. I have the glue out right now.Published 12 months ago by John B McLemore
As others have noted, the binding is awful. We sent our first one back, but the second was the same way. That said, my kids loved the 'fun facts' in the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Zuposhade
This book literally fell apart. The binding could not hold the pages. My daughter loves Mameshiba but this book was a disaster.Published 17 months ago by Jayne
All the pages did fall out of the binding after the first viewing. But we just use it as a folder. The book is fun to read.Published on June 10, 2012 by minami626
"Mameshiba" is Japanese for "bean dog," which is what these adorable little characters are. Each mameshiba is a different type of bean, and each has its own personality. Read morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Shannon Mawhiney
Ditto to other reviews. The fact that it is cute and clever makes it all the sadder. My granddaughter is after me to fix it, but it's beyond repair.Published on April 23, 2012 by Nancy Falk