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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Series: Mameshiba
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Perfect Square; Original edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421539721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421539720
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By fox-orian on July 21, 2011
I bought this from a local comic book store because the contents within are just plain adorable and hilarious.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Riley on August 23, 2011
I actually contacted viz (publisher) about this problem with the totally inadequate binding, and they blew me off. Terrible customer service. $6.99 is way too much for a book which literally fell to pieces the first time it was opened. Shame on this publisher for not making good!
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Mameshiba are little bean dogs, each with their own personality. In Meet Mameshiba!, the various bean dogs are introduced to young readers.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Dimova on August 13, 2011
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For some reason my 3 yr old is obsessed with Edamame (we got the stuffed toy which is great!) and she is really sad about the book not holding up.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Silva on January 24, 2014
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I had ordered this gift as a present for my boyfriend's niece. Upon opening the book the pages started falling out. I returned the item and had another one sent to me. The same thing happened. This is not a well-crafted book, which is a shame because I liked every other aspect of it. I was very disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on August 12, 2011
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Update - 19/08/11 - I applied some superglue to the parts of the spine that were coming apart, and I think my book will hold very well now. I think anyone else's book could be easily repaired this way too, so try this before deciding to return it.

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.
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The book arrived with the cover separated completely from the pages. The next day, the book disintegrated in my 9-year-old son's friend's hands when he picked it up to read. My son picked up all the pages and stuffed them back in his backpack. The pages are not numbered, and all of the pages were completely out of order, so it took my son and I about 30 minutes of reconstructing the book and putting the pages in order by using contextual clues to derive the proper order. Luckily, my son had already looked through the pages and had a sense of their intended order. The book is now kept in a zip-lock bag until I can hand-number the pages and maybe take them to Kinko's and hopefully get them bound.

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.
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