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The Bad Book [Hardcover]

By Aranzi Aronzo & Anne Ishii (Translator)
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Presents a series of cartoons about Bad Guy, who does cruel things to people, and his equally nasty companions.

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In the world of kawaii (Japanese cute), little kitties, pandas, bunnies and the like are standard fare, but who ever heard of The Bad Buy, The Liar, or The Thief? Aranzi Aranzo takes the notorious cuteness of Japanese crafts and takes them to the next level with The Bad Book, full of mischief and fun! Each comics vignette acts as a companion guide to creatures they will teach you to make in easy steps that require little more than thread, needle and fabric!
“…if I were giving The Cute Book as a gift (which I very likely will) I would throw in this one as well.- mangablog

“Having seriously dug The Cute Book and The Bad Book, I am flippin' enthralled with the new series from those purveyors of Japanese Cuteness, Aranzi Aronzo.” —

Aranzi Aronzo claims to be a Mexican-Japanese man and Norwegian Vietnamese-Indian man working at securities firms and playing the tambourine full time. All we really know about them however, is that they are actually two sisters who create mischief and fun through easy and fun crafts.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   47
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.3" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 13, 2007
Publisher   Vertical
ISBN  1932234691  
ISBN13  9781932234695  

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Bad Book?

Funny, Not Crafty  Jan 4, 2008
I can understand why some reviewers expecting a craft book would be disappointed. But they need to realize that Aranzi Aronzo is a whole creative universe. The plush characters they make come alive in the comics and photo comics in The Bad Book. My daughter, niece and I love this book; it completely cracks us up. If you like this, and want more of Aranzi Aronzo's humor, you should check out Aranzi Aronzo Machine Gun. There's some cool craft stuff mixed in.
Ironic humor  Nov 24, 2007
The humor here is for adults and/or perceptive children. There is wordplay and irony aplenty. The "Bad" character is remorseful, and the Liar says he/she always lies: Is that statement a lie? The book plays with concepts and shakes them up in amusing ways. Not for everyone, but fun and provocative for those who can appreciate something different.
Information on all the Aranzi Aronzo books   Oct 29, 2007
Hi! I have been reading some positive and negative reviews and wanted to clarify things for people. I feel like some people have misunderstood this book and would hate to see people not pick up these books.

The Cute Book is geared toward craft, lots of patterns and it was their first book published here. The Bad Book and the Machine Gun series were more for the people who just loved the characters, while there is an extra pattern in the back, these books were released in Japan in response to the growing adoration of The Cute Book. I think when they were published here and people bought them online they thought they were craft books like The Cute Book, however they were geared more for the characters fans who wanted more.

The humor in them may seem off to some, but it is a Japanese book and is Japanese humor, having lived in Japan I can definitely say that it is different from American humor and so maybe for some it was off, but to each their own, others thought it was so funny.

Having said that, The Cute Dolls and Fun Dolls are again like The Cute book, with tons of patterns and some new adorable characters. If you want books geared at craft these two will fit in perfectly. If after making all these adorable characters you feel that you want to know more about Mr. Tad and Mr. Pole, the Machine Gun series has a lot of character stories and Sprite goes on some great trips in Japan.

I hope this helps people, I would hate for anyone to be disappointed with these books, they are really great.

you know what they say about assumptions...  Jul 25, 2007
Like some of the other reviewers, I bought this with "The Cute Book" because I kind of assumed that they would both be craft books. I mean, they're marketed together, the tags seem the same, the format of the covers looks about equal, they're even on the shelf together at physical bookstores -- it's a relatively reasonable assumption, I think.

It's not the same. The Cute Book is full of directions on making your own felt creatures from Aronzi Aronzo patterns. The Bad Book is another animal altogether, full of vignettes starring the creatures from the other book. To be honest, I felt just a little ripped off by it all. I really would have only purchased the Cute Book if I'd seen the inside of them both first. I may have changed my mind if I'd had more time, but really, The Cute Book would have been the only initial purchase.

Now, that said, I will say that the vignettes and cartoons are very cute, and very japanese cute, at that. The simplicity with which the themes and characters interact and speak to one another is, ironically, very cute. And since the book was already mine, I will say that I do kind of like it, but grudgingly. Like the way you'd like a strawberry ice cream cone, if you'd asked for chocolate and it was too late to take it back. Still good, but not what you wanted.

When the next Aronzi Aronzo book comes out, I'll probably be waiting until the reviews come in, rather than preordering. I've learned my lesson with this set.
Amusing for the twisted version of your inner child  May 15, 2007
First off, a warning to future customers: it's not a craft book.

I don't think most people know that Aranzi Aronzo is known for their craft books AND for their picture books (both illustrated and photographed). Their craft books are pretty cute, kind of sickly sweet, but if you haven't realized, Aranzi Aronzo has a mildly twisted sense of humor (after all, take a look at the Cute Book... what other craft book will let you make little stuffed Liars and Kidnappers?). Their picture books show that side better, and they're really amusing in a simple way. The Bad Book is mostly about the adventures of the Bad Guy, Liar, and the Meanie, and it's super cute. It's also rather expensive for a very short picture book, but the binding, page quality, and size is virtually identical to their Japanese counterparts (I'm comparing it with my Doko e iku Kappa-chan book). It's a nice start, here's to waiting for Machine Gun!

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