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Gudetama’s Guide to Life & Eggsistential Thoughts by Gudetama the Lazy Egg (Double Review)

Physical copies of these books were kindly provided by the publisher,
in exchange for honest reviews.

Title: Gudetama’s Guide to Life
Author: Brian D Clark
Type: Nonfiction
Genre: Sequential Art
Publisher: Penguin Workshop (Penguin Random House)
Date published: April 10, 2018

From Sanrio, who brought you Hello Kitty, Gudetama the Lazy Egg returns with a guidebook to living life to the almost fullest.

In Japanese, when you’re lazy, you are referred to as gude gude. 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.

Each page of this book is kind of packed with helpful lessons, inspiring quotes and mind-blowing advice that will have you laying around like an egg in no time! And all of it comes straight from the yolk of a Gudetama!

Title: Eggsistential Thoughts by Gudetama the Lazy Egg
Authors: Francesco Sedita and Max Bisantz
Type: Nonfiction
Genre: Humor, Sequential Art, Picture Book, Philosophy
Publisher: Penguin Workshop (Penguin Random House)
Date published: October 17, 2017

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.

– Gudetama’s Guide to Life Review –

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This guide is laugh-out-loud funny! Before opening this book, I wasn’t sure how the Japanese humour of Gudetama would translate into English (whether it would work). But I think that Brian D Clark did a great job at projecting Gudetama and his sense of humour through the English language to an English-speaking audience! There are multiple sections in this book (such as how to get fit, conflict management, and speaking one’s mind) each of which Gudetama tries to guide readers to be the best (or laziest, haha) that they can be! I’ve been following Gudetama ever since Sanrio first announced him as a character, and I’m so happy to see that Penguin Random House is making books about him available here in North America! More Gudetama please! For more about Gudetama and why he’s such a sensation, please enjoy the video below:

– Eggsistential Thoughts Review –

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While the book above definitely contains more writing, Eggsistential Thoughts made me laugh almost just as much! This book’s style and layout is more simple, in that each 2 page spread contains an image, and short lines of text. I like the simplicity of it, because even though there is less text in this book, the authors still managed to capture the Gudetama style sense of humour … a big part of which is Gudetama’s very short (and lazy) one-liners! The authors who brought us Eggsistential Thoughts definitely get Gudetama and what he’s all about, and that makes me happy! I also like that this book is a hardcover, and that you can choose to either read the whole book in one go, or enjoy one 2 page spread per day! I definitely recommend this book, and the one that I reviewed above, to old and new fans of this lazy and lovable egg!

– Gudetama’s Guide to Life Purchase Links –

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– Eggsistential Thoughts Purchase Links –

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THANK YOU FOR READING MY REVIEW POST! HAVE YOU HEARD OF GUDETAMA BEFORE THIS? HAVE YOU READ THESE BOOKS? WHAT DID YOU THINK? AND IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THEM YET, DO YOU WANT TO, OR NOT? HOW COME? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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