Hello, Please! Very Helpful Super Kawaii Characters from Japan by Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda are working illustrations. Cute characters act as instructional icons for a slew of directions that the Japanese public uses on a day-to-day basis. These carton creatures, often based on manga or anime, are found in grocery stores, on street signs and emergency vehicles, anywhere that signage could come in handy. These cute characters have been photographed in their natural settings, hard at work.
Paperback, 240 pages. Chronicle 2007. $10.17 at Amazon.