Kawaii Not, Too: Cute Gets Badder Spiral-bound – Apr 19 2012
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About the Author
Meghan Murphy is an illustrator, a designer, a writer . . . and a weirdo. But an interesting weirdo. She likes cute things, and things that are not-so-cute, and has decided it is her life's mission to combine the two like a mad scientist. Her website is kawaiinot.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a cute and funny read. It also comes with a sheet full of stickers of characters featured within the comics!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Gotta admit that it took 20-30 comics to get in synch with her style of humor. After that the book was tolerable - I was close to tossing it before that.
Not for kids. Many of the comics rely on sexual innuendo or scatological references. That's pretty Japanese all right - but you should know what you're getting into.
I'd suggest checking out her website and sampling 10-20 strips. If you like them, then you'll probably like this book. If you have a friend who likes her stuff then this book is an obvious and EXCELLENT gift. If.
I like the book's design. You can prop it up to display a choice strip. Each page is perforated so you can cleanly remove a page and hang it up. And there's a couple of pages of cute stickers.
The four panel comics feature everyday objects saying a pun or some other silly things. A few are a bit racy like a pie who asks if you "want some of my sticky hot filling?" I guess it's all in how you interpret it.
The book is vertical with a spiral binding and has an easel so it can stand up on your desk. It would make more sense to me if this was a calendar, give it more of a purpose. The pages have perforation so you can tear them out and share them with people. This is pretty clever because I actually think some of them would make cute greeting cards. It includes two pages of cute stickers too.
I don't think this will appeal to everyone, I believe you have to be searching for something kawaii or similar to appreciate the art and humor. I enjoyed it and I think the illustrations are super cute and the writing is funny, but may be a little to racy for a child.
Personally, I've been a fan of anime and manga for around 16 years and thought this would be something I would enjoy. Sadly, it wasn't. I did enjoy the artwork and I thought it was cute. However, I didn't find many of the comics to be funny. The majority of them were filled with racy, perverted one-liners that I didn't care for. A couple of the comics did made me crack a smile though. The added poetry within the book did nothing for me as well.
I did think it was neat that the book flips vertically and has an easel. The pages can also be ripped out to give to friends, but considering I didn't really enjoy any of the comics, I wouldn't do that. It also comes with stickers of the characters in the comics which I thought was cute since I did enjoy the artwork.
Overall, it's something that if I saw in a bookstore, I would flip through it in a few minutes and then put it back on the shelf. I'd give it 2.5 stars if Amazon did half-star ratings.
Honestly, if you're not the sort of person who enjoys bad puns and dead-baby humor, this probably isn't your book. But if you enjoyed (or, more to the point, actually understood) Amanda Palmer's song "Oasis", read a lot of creepypasta, and have a list of EMT jokes on your Kindle, this is perfect for you.