Published: 17 October 2017
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
Meh . . .
From Sanrio, who brought you Hello Kitty, comes Gudetama, the lazy egg.
Not all Sanrio characters are cheery! In Japanese, when you’re lazy, you are referred to as gude gude. And that’s where our new friend gets its name. Gudetama (tama from “tamago,” egg in Japanese) is the lazy egg. Gudetama likes soy sauce and being left alone. Sometimes, Gudetama wonders if we are born only to suffer. And here, in Eggsistential Thoughts, are Gudetama’s musings on life.
Rating: 3 Stars
I love Sanrio characters, starting with the Queen herself Hello Kitty and continuing on to this book’s focus, Gudetama the Lazy Egg. I relate to some of the things he says, particularly with his “why bother” attitude, and that’s what encouraged me to ask to review this book.
The illustrations are, contrary to Gudetama’s nature, quite bright and lively. His sunny appearance is a stark contrast to his laissez-faire attitude. As for actual content, there’s not a lot to really review. Each picture is accompanied by a few words that aren’t strictly cohesive in a greater “storyline” manner. My first thought was that this was more like a small volume of memes that a story or even a short piece that nails existentialism.
A cute addition to the Sanrio library, Gudetama’s personality is certainly all over this book and fans of him will be happy with what they get.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.