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Friday, March 14, 2014

Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong

Two of Everything by Lily Toy Hong, 1993.

In this cheerful tale, the elderly and poor Haktaks survive  on what is grown in their tiny garden. One day, Mr. Haktak unearths an old brass pot that is too large to cook in and too small to bathe in. Fortunately though, it has the magical ability to double anything that is put inside it! The Haktaks soon have plenty of money and more than they need. Then, a small accident causes Mrs. Haktak to fall into the pot. What will the couple do with another Mrs. Haktak?

Lily Toy Hong's airbrushed acrylic and gouache paintings perfectly suit the jolly mood of the tale. The Hakataks look like friendly dolls with their plump bodies and round cheeks. Even so, they are anything but static, whether they wear bemused smiles, furrowed brows or matching expressions during sleep.

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