けしゴムのゴムタとゴムゾー  (Eraser GOMUTA and Eraser GOMUZO) 

けしゴムのゴムタとゴムゾー GOMUTA GOMUZO Mafumi Kato かとうまふみ 2010s

Author Mafumi Kato かとうまふみ 

Published : 2013 

Personal Recommendation : 3-5 years and older 

When you were a kid and you just bought brand-new white eraser shaped edgy and perfectly rectangle, have you ever hesitated to use this new eraser, being afraid this new eraser gets dirty and corner-rounded?   Well, I did. 😊  If you are with me on this opinion, this book is pretty entertaining, as it expresses how kids like “old me” would feel about the eraser.   This is the story about world of “on-the-desk” stationaries/office supply, where erasers and their friends “Pencils” are together.   So how did Edgy-Cornered Total White Colored-GOMUZO feel about Hard-working “Round-cornered” GOMUTA?  Did he ever change his attitude?  Let’s find out! 

  • There is Hard-Working Erase named GOMUTA. Everybody on the desk likes GOMUTA a lot. 
  • Pencils called out GOMUTA whenever they make mistake on drawing lines etc.  “Hey, GOMUTA! Come here and erase this please”  “Sure, on my way!” Gomuta says. 
  • Gomuta feels good about him, offering help to his friend and put smiles on his face all the time. His Personality is the reason why Pencil friends around Gomuta can enjoy drawing all the objects with ease.  
  • One day, New Erase guy named GOMUZO showed up.  “Hi there. Call me GOMUZO”  Pencils were surprised to see GOMUZO’s total white body and pointy corner of his rectangle head.   He is very proud of his perfect shape in clean body. 
  • GOMUTA realized he has new eraser buddy and approached to GOMUZU.  GOMUZO was like “Get away, you dirty-blackish round-cornered eraser”  
  • GOMUZO explained “This tells you I have worked hard and it feels great”   “Nah, I don’t get it. There is no erase like me who is cool and stylish and clean” 
  • Soon after, Pencil started drawing on the desk and called out for GOMUZO for help in erasing lines.  But GOMUZO refused to do so, as he would like to stay perfect and clean.  Pencils complained “Aren’t you an eraser? You are supposed to erase things.”   GOMUZO replied “I am not interested”  Pencils were upset. 
  • Since then, Pencils only calls for GOMUTA to erase.  GOMUTA happily help erasing lines with joy.  GOMUZO saw him and thinks “Why did that guy look so happy? What he does can only makes his head dirty and round…” 
  • Since GOMUTA looks so happy and almost dancing with joy while erasing, GOMUTA started feeling differently and found himself not being able to stay cool any more.  
  • On that very moment, Small Pencil Girl tripped on the paper and her pencil lead was broken.  She started crying and calling GOMUTA for help but her voice was so small as they got injured breaking pencil lead.  
  • “Don’t….Don’t…Don’t Cry!”    GOMUZO noticed great passion arises within him and backflipped to land on the paper to erase. He lost one of his pointy-corner on head. 
  • GOMUTA came by and asked GOMUZO “Hey, GOMUZO. Are you OK?”  “Yeah…But, hey GOMUTA..You know what?  Erasing things actually… FEELS AWESOME!” 
  • Since then, both GOMUTA and GOMUZO worked so hard but enjoy his task at the same time.  Since GOMUZO was motivated work harder and harder, pencils cannot even tell which one is which any more due to same dirty and round-corners on their faces.  

I was one of kids who liked perfectly rectangle shaped eraser to erase fine objects on paper. So I totally understood how GOMUZO felt about himself.   There are actually many “GOMUZO” types of characters, especially among teenagers.  “Putting effort seems to be desperate and not cool at all” , you know what I am talking about. 😊    I am sure small readers of this book will hit this wall down the road. I hope they remember this story and how GOMUZO gets out of his comfort zone to feel happier than he used to be!  

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けしゴムのゴムタとゴムゾー [ かとうまふみ ]
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