Saturday, November 16, 2019

Review - The 12 Mehs of Christmas

The 12 Mehs of Christmas
by Max Bisantz & Francesco Sedita
Date: 2019
Publisher: Penguin Workshop
Reading level: A
Book type: picture book
Pages: 40
Format: e-book
Source: library

Celebrate the holiday season with Gudetama the Lazy Egg in a yuletide ode to naps, soy sauce, and the comforts of being left alone.

On the first day of Christmas, thy true love gave to Gude...

...something the egg doesn't want. Take it back. Let Gudetama sleep.

Ring in the twelve days of Christmas with a yuletide ode to the world's laziest egg.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Can someone please explain to me what this is? It appears to be simply a take on "The Twelve Days of Christmas" featuring twelve weirdly random presents (everything from Russian nesting dolls to mayonnaise) and a sentient fried egg who's crabby for no reason. The song would be difficult to sing, given that the meter is ignored (it's pretty bad when all you have to do is replace words and you still somehow manage to mess up the flow of the song). Oh, and at one point, we have to see the egg's butt cheeks.

This was in the kids' section of my local library. I don't think it's actually a kids' book. Kids will probably think it's stupid. Maybe this grouchy egg has a cult following or something. But this book likely won't appeal to people who aren't familiar with the character.

Premise: 1/5
Meter: 2/5
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 2/5
Originality: 1/5

Enjoyment: 1/5

Overall: 1.43 out of 5

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