Books by Tomi Ungerer

FOG ISLAND by Tomi Ungerer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"Dedicated to Ungerer's adopted Ireland and its people, this is a poignant, magical gift for us all. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The renowned Ungerer presents an atmospheric, folkloric adventure celebrating the childhood imagination's ability to transform fear. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE MELLOPS' by Tomi Ungerer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 19, 2011

"The subtle theme of the transformative power hidden within heartfelt gifts is elegantly conveyed in this amusing holiday offering. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The Mellops family of pigs prepares for Christmas in this delightfully droll fable about the importance of giving to others at Christmastime. Read full book review >
ADELAIDE by Tomi Ungerer
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"Slight when new, it's now a period piece to boot. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The third English edition of a justly obscure tale (it was originally published in 1959) featuring a winged kangaroo whose travels end in Paris. Read full book review >
OTTO by Tomi Ungerer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Subtle changes of facial expression in Ungerer's watercolor art give the bear—stained, battered and with a clumsily repaired bullet hole—plenty of character, and there's nary a trace of sentimentality in the matter-of-fact narrative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The first broad release of a title originally published regionally and overseas in 1999, this simply told, deeply affecting tale follows a teddy's passage from hand to hand through war and other troubles. Read full book review >
SNAIL, WHERE ARE YOU? by Tomi Ungerer
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Literal-minded readers may be confused by the closing invitation to go back and count the 'snails,' as there's really only the one—but the original's silliness survives intact, and the new packaging puts on a handsome show. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Ungerer's nearly wordless 1962 title gets a thorough makeover, with anonymously written answers to the repeatedly posed title question, bright new colors and most significantly, a new format that features folded-over pages with small die-cut holes. Read full book review >
TOMI by Tomi Ungerer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

One of the éminences grises of children's literature recasts memoirs originally published in French and German for this lively, sardonic account of the multiple occupations of his native Alsace in WWII. Read full book review >
ALLUMETTE by Tomi Ungerer
Released: Oct. 1, 1974

Though Ungerer never plays his sentimental cliches straight, he doesn't mock them so much as he wallows in their vulgarity. Read full book review >
NO KISS FOR MOTHER by Tomi Ungerer
ANIMALS
Released: May 23, 1973

"As usual Ungerer communicates enough of the bite to make the detente matter."
Mrs. Velvet Paw is such a creepily syrupy model of feline smother love that one begins to wonder uneasily just who Ungerer has it in for. Read full book review >
I AM PAPA SNAP AND THESE ARE MY FAVORITE NO-SUCH STORIES by Tomi Ungerer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 1971

"With none of the elegance or story interest of Zeralda's Ogre (1967) or The Beast of Monsieur Racine (p. 806, J-292), all of this unbuttoned Ungerer might gross you out (see Mr. Slop Glut's gastronomic indulgence) but there is enough sly drollery on every page to keep anyone turning."
"Whipped Up, Drawn and Dramatized" by the unpredictable Ungerer, a potpourri of one-paragraph nonsense narratives about animal characters with names like Arson Twitch, Sir Spiffy Loin, Mr. Lido Rancid, Mr. Tuber Sprout, and Dr. Stigma Lohengreen. Read full book review >
THE BEAST OF MONSIEUR RACINE by Tomi Ungerer
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 2, 1971

"This is funny and bright and immediate on lots of levels, a sort of rare tour de farce for the whole family."
Elegantly droll and extravagantly French, from the fittingly unpossessive title to the "shiny cuirass" M. Racine dons defensively with his cavalry uniform. Read full book review >
THE HAT by Tomi Ungerer
Released: April 15, 1970

"The Hat is a clever performer but some of it will pass over the heads of children."
A magic hat really, no loss to the rich man ("Never mind. . . caro mio," says his fiancee, "We are already late") but the making of penniless veteran Benito Badoglio. Read full book review >
ASK ME A QUESTION by Tomi Ungerer
Released: March 27, 1968

"If kids think they've been had, they can take consolation, maybe, from counting the question marks in each illustration-except that the effort won't challenge the youngster who's sophisticated enough to laugh at having his leg pulled."
A barrage of riddles "Why are sea horses fidgety on Friday.... Read full book review >
ZERALDA'S OGRE by Tomi Ungerer
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 30, 1967

"The beginning is authentic scare, the turnabout is fare play and good fun, the last is a letdown—it will repel some youngsters, probably attract more, but it's not Ungerer at his best."
More terrifying even than The Three Robbers, but just as easily tamed, is the ogre who dines on little children until converted by the exquisite cookery of little Zeralda; innocent that she was, she felt only pity for the poor hungry giant and fed him so well that he hired her for the castle kitchen. Read full book review >
MOON MAN by Tomi Ungerer
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1967

"This has some of the sting of Dr. Strange-love—but tenderized, the contemporary charisma of Where the Wild Things Are: it's great."
The man in the moon—Moon Man—"curled up in his shimmering seat in space" yearns to Join the fun on earth. Read full book review >
ORLANDO THE BRAVE VULTURE by Tomi Ungerer
FICTION
Released: March 16, 1966

"Orlando is a heavy flight of fancy destined never to replace Lessie or convince TV Western fans of the foolishness of it all."
Orlando's neck is not drawn with a typically vulturous menacing droop. Read full book review >
ONE, TWO, WHERE'S MY SHOE by Tomi Ungerer
Released: April 1, 1964

"The shoes have been cleverly hidden in the almost textless book — a second look will bring a demand for even more."
Done in the same manner as the illustrator's Snail, Where Are You? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 1963

"Frances pulls all the faces that ever occurred to silent screen ingenues as well as a few that they never thought of. Her last face has both eyes closed in sleep. Rhymed and illustrated with humor that will appeal to an audience that retired with reluctance before 8 P.M."
On one page a text in rhyme and facing that is the illustration of the action the rhyme describes captioned with the demand "YOU DO IT!" Read full book review >
THE MELLOPS GO SPELUNKING by Tomi Ungerer
Released: June 15, 1963

"But, the cartoon illustrations (in blue, peach, black and white)—especially the ones of the pigs in total blackness— have the kind of humor and exuberance which will be enjoyed."
A family of spelunking pigs, not truffle-diggers, are the Mellops, the in this fourth Mellops adventure by the author. Read full book review >
THE THREE ROBBERS by Tomi Ungerer
FICTION
Released: March 21, 1962

"These mysterious pictures, too funny to be scary, will enchant the young listener."
It is hard to believe that these three Beckett-like robbers stealing along the midnight countryside can terrorize anyone, but their trunks full of gold are ample proof of their ability. Read full book review >
RUFUS by Tomi Ungerer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 27, 1961

"The double-spreads start with muted colors of the night world- expand to day light vividness- and slide back to the grays and blacks that are Rufus' normal colors."
A wholly original subject in this story of a bat who was inspired by an outdoor movie to launch himself into the daytime world. Read full book review >
EMILE by Tomi Ungerer
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
ADVENTURE
Released: March 30, 1960

"Tomi Ungerer's green hero is at once comical and deeply evocative of the life beneath the sea."
Emile is an octopus with a civic conscience and a great facility for doing good, thanks to his ample supply of appendages. Read full book review >
CRICTOR by Tomi Ungerer
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
Released: June 15, 1958

"A rapturous reptile reverie."
Once upon a time in a little French town lived an old lady whose name was Madame Louise Bodot. Read full book review >
THE MELLOPS STRIKE OIL by Tomi Ungerer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 19, 1958

"We doubt that little children who are the Mellop-audience know enough about oil, etc., to understand the story without exhaustive explanation by a nearby adult."
The latest Mellop-melodrama will probably require a good deal of explanation for the younger readers. Read full book review >
THE MELLOPS GO DIVING FOR TREASURE by Tomi Ungerer
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1957

"The income tax department takes most of their profits, but Mr. Mellop concludes (and little listeners will agree) that dinner with ice cream and cake is the most important thing, and that fun is enough profit from a venture."
Those pleasantly idiotic pillars of Pigville, the Mellops, endure shipwreck and outwit an octopus as they bumble about in diving suits following somewhat equivocal directions of a treasure map left in a trunk in the attic by an illustrious Mellop ancestor. Mr. Mellop et al are rescued. Read full book review >
THE MELLOPS GO FLYING by Tomi Ungerer
Released: March 6, 1957

"He is a young European whose first juvenile we hope forecasts a long and happy connection with the field."
It is hard not to get excited about this for it reminds one of the best of the Babar books with something else thrown in to make it distinctive and original. Read full book review >