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One Potato Review

The daredevil writer and illustrator (of Hubert the Pudge, a Vegetarian Tale among other oddities) tells the story of neighboring Scotsmen caught up in a very grown-up (and foretellingly ruinous) game of architecture. The buildings themselves (complete with bungee-jumping platforms and fishbone-and-garbage-can weather vanes) are hypnotic to look at, and their builders, though tragically deluded, come off as otherwise decent and sympathetic: two guys who got carried away. Folktales can feel kind of skeletal sometimes for all of their timelessness. This reads like a classic, living and breathing and funny, as entertaining as it is wise.

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