Two neighbors compete to build the tallest, most extravagant house imaginable.
Originally written in French and recently translated to English, Swiss author Germano Zullo has illustrated and written a tale of two neighbors determined to out-do one another with the extravagance of their houses. Each begins to embellish their own home, adding marble columns, modern kitchens and hiring the world’s priciest architects. Soon the additions (and the accompanying captions) become ever more absurd, with additions like hanging gardens, bengal tigers, a “wardrobe containing 6,000 suits,” a “North American Oak tree, 4,275 years old,” and much more. The two homes grow taller and taller, turning into skyscrapers that look like elaborate circus balancing acts that eventually cannot sustain their own pile-ons.