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Mary Had a Little Lamp

by Jack Lechner
Illustrated by Bob Staake

One Potato Review

Yes, why a lamp? And, more importantly, how a lamp? Lechner and the geometrically brilliant Bob Staake seem to have set this challenge for themselves based on nothing more than one letter, and the result is effortlessly funny - the lamp taken sledding, down slides at the playground, out for Chinese – but its also finally true to the often mystifying value we attach to material keepsakes. Really, why not a lamp? “She loved its quiet company – it never picked a fight. She loved its neck, she loved its cord. And most of all its light.” When you think about all of the other stupid stuff we buy…. With a happy, snappy ending that does not betray the guiding subversiveness.

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