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Tomi Ungerer

  • 5 stars across 28 books
    Born in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France, in 1931, Tomi Ungerer started drawing as a small boy. Growing up in Nazi-occupied Strasbourg, drawing caricatures was for him a form of resistance. Described on his school-leaving certificate as a 'depraved and rebellious character', he hitch-hiked around Europe, getting as far as Lapland, rather than going to university. Inspired by his heroes Saul Steinberg, James Thurber and Charles Addams, Ungerer landed in New York in 1956, with only $60 dollars in his pocket and a suitcase full of drawings. He quickly found success as an illustrator and caricaturist, becoming a star almost overnight. He published his first book for children, The Mellops Go Flying, in 1957, and went on to publish 80 books over the next ten years, covering all aspects of his work. Fluent in French, German and English, Ungerer regards himself as Alsatian first and European second, and has described New York City, where he lived and worked for 15 years, as the love of his life. However, his firmly held and clearly expressed beliefs and opinions - against racism, McCarthyism, the Vietnam War, against hypocrisy in any form - made life in the US increasingly difficult, and for a while, his books were banned from any libraries receiving public funding. He left the US in 1971 on a sudden impulse, when he and his second wife Yvonne moved to a farm in Nova Scotia, where they raised sheep, pigs and goats for a number of years, before moving to Ireland to raise their family. Tomi Ungerer now divides his time between his farm in Ireland, near the ocean that he loves, and Strasbourg, the city of his birth, where a museum dedicated to his work opened in late 2007.
    14th September 2010

    Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear

    A powerful and beautiful book told first-hand by Otto, a German-born teddy bear who is separated from his Jewish owner, ... More

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    4th September 2006

    Moon Man

    Walter Speazlebud intends to visit the Moon. Not when he's grown up; not even with the next NASA mission. No, Walter int... More

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    30th June 2010

    Emile

    In this classic picture book, first published in 1960, Tomi Ungerer tells the story of an eight-legged hero. Emile has t... More

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    18th March 2015

    Snail, Where Are You?

    A newly revitalized edition of Tomi Ungerer's children's classic.Snail, where are you? At a party? At sea? In the mounta... More

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    16th January 2009

    The Three Robbers

    Written and illustrated by one of the world's most acclaimed and award-winning children's authors, The Three Robbers is ... More

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    15th September 2014

    The Beast of Monsieur Racine

    Monsieur Racine wakes up one day to find his precious pear tree looted of all the award-winning fruit. When he discovers... More

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    7th September 2015

    Rufus: The Bat Who Loved Colors

    Tomi Ungerer's classic tale about a bat who learns to embrace his differences through friendship.Like all bats, Rufus se... More

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    15th September 2014

    One, Two, Where's My Shoe?

    An intriguing visual game for children aged 2-5 to find the simple shape of a shoe in Ungerer's charming and retro illus... More

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