Search Results: "Tomi Ungerer"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >