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They walked into the hall. ‘It is a nice house,’ said Otilla. ‘Yes’ said the skull. ‘I have always liked it here.’ ‘Have you lived here for a long time?’ said Otilla. ‘Yes,’ said the skull. From The Skull, written and illustrated by Jon Klassen

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