THE HUNKENDUNKENS by Richard R. Livingston


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All the world's a merchandise mart for Paul Hunkendunken and his cash-and-carry family. Lonesome alone, he selects a spouse at the Wife Store; together they try to choose children at the Children Store. But all the colors look beautiful so they settle for one of each, name the twelve numerically (after arguing at the Name Store), build a bigger house (on land from the Land Store). . . and so on through the arrangement of birthdays (the first of each month), the purchase and painting of a bus (checkered, a color a child), the selection of livestock and crops at Lamb and Chicken Stores, Carrot- and Beet-Seed Stores). . . . The fun is in seeing how they manage and the rub is that you can't always see: the twelve different-colored children are all black-and-white dressed in orange, the multi-hued bus is also orange, and the house with a ""room for each"" seems a one-room hut with a lean-to. Otherwise the drawings are amusing in detail and characterization but, except for one double-page spread, distinctly secondary to the text. Consumer report: limited purchase.

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 1968
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World