Synopsis from Penguin Young Readers:
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.
About: Eggsistential Thoughts by Gudetama the Lazy Egg is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Francesco Sedita and Max Bisantz. It was published on 10/7/17 by Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House, hardcover, 48 pages. The genres are children’s book, picture book, and fiction. According to the publisher’s website, “At Penguin Workshop, we make great books for every kind of reader, from birth to age twelve. Here, you’ll find unique board books, beautiful picture books, laugh-out-loud chapter books. We make readers laugh. We make readers feel accomplished. We make readers.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Eggsistential Thoughts by Gudetama the Lazy Egg for my 6 years old son as a bedtime story on 4/19/18 and we finished it that same night. This book is all about being lazy and it’s hilarious. An egg being lazy, hard to imagine right? haha.. My son enjoys this book a lot! He likes most is when this lazy egg receives a trophy for being lazy! haha.. He also likes the illustrations of the egg’s butt being hit with a chopstick. I like how the egg use a slice of bacon as a blanket and ask for five more minutes, assuming he’s being called to get up.
In this book, readers will follow Gudetama, the lazy egg as it lays around feeling too lazy to get up or do anything. It hides in its egg shell like wearing a hat and it doesn’t want to be bothered. It rolls over to lay face up and later face down feeling meh.. and when it’s being used on a slice of bread, it slide half way out of the bread expressing the feeling of sluggish. This book shows the egg in different forms of being lazy.
I am familiar with Sanrio and Hello Kitty, but this is my first time being introduced to Gudetama the lazy egg. I feel like him almost every mornings haha.. I like the many egg references in this book, even as a brand name to a laptop in place of Apple. I like how the egg do different activities: out sailing using his shell, become someone’s meal, listening to music, etc. This book is a quick read for kids and egg humor is definitely a plus. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: humor, illustration, egg references, Sanrio character,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Authors:
Francesco Sedita was born on March 18 on Mott Street in the Little Italy section of New York, New York, to two native New Yorkers. Sedita studied writing at the Gallatin School of New York University. “It’s this incredible multi-disciplinary program that allowed me to study many aspects of writing, including screenwriting, fiction, and theatrical writing,” he says. While at Gallatin, he was a Writing Fellow for Saturday Night Live. After graduating, he wrote and directed a show that ran Off-Off Broadway for 5 years. He is now the Creative Director at major children’s book publisher. Miss Popularity is his first book. http://www.francescosedita.com (Info obtained from Goodreads and photo obtained from Author’s website).
Max Bisantz is a children’s book author and editor living in Brooklyn, New York. He lives with one cat who, sadly, cannot morph. (Info obtained from Penguin’s website and book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Penguin Young Readers for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.