Tomi Ungerer (Hardcover)
A Treasury of 8 Books
Phaidon Press, 9780714872858, 320pp.
Publication Date: October 24, 2016
Eight classic picture books by the legendary author, brought together in one lavish slipcased volume
This glorious treasury brings together eight iconic tales by Tomi Ungerer, featuring well-known classics (The Three Robbers, Moon Man, Otto), acclaimed recent works (Fog Island), and lost gems (Zeralda's Ogre, Flix, The Hat, and Emile), some of which are being published for the first time in 50 years! Special features include a personal letter from Tomi, new quotes and anecdotes about each story, an exclusive interview, photos and previously unpublished materials from the making of some of his most celebrated works, such as storyboards, sketches, photographs, and images that inspired him.
About the Author
Tomi Ungerer is a winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and has a museum entirely dedicated to his work in Strasbourg. His bestselling book, The Three Robbers, has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.
Praise For Tomi Ungerer: A Treasury of 8 Books…
As featured in The Times, Metropolitan (Eurostar) Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review, and on AIGA Eye on Design blog, The Children's Book Review, The Daily Beast, and Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast; as seen on KidLit TV
"Tomi Ungerer, the contemporary and friend of Maurice Sendak and Shel Silverstein, is a gentle genius and this collection of eight of the French writer and illustrator's stories, plus a biography at the back, is a beautiful collection fit to take on through a life... There is not a dud in the pack - read them all... The wonderful Moon Man imagines with eerie perfection what happens when the main the Moon comes down to Earth. Otto, the autobiography of a bear, is exquisitely told... The more simplistic but no less wonderful Fog Island teaches us to question myths and confirms suspicions that children are often braver than adults. Flix, about a pair of cats who give birth to a dog, is emotional and pertinent. East party finds equilibrium despite their difference n this non-cloying parabale. It's the right kind of story to discover this week. Ungerer's careful words and masterly illustrations are unmatched. I hope this stunning collection makes him even better known here."—The Times, Saturday Review
"This beautifully formatted collection of eight of Tomi Ungerer's picture books presented in a slipcase is indeed a treasure."—Carolyn Angus, Literacy Daily
"Ungerer has always worked to campaign against war and injustice, and his fantastical books deal with such themes, often in topsy-turvy ways... This is a beautifully produced volume, with illustrations throughout, witty and lively, as if Ungerer's characters might at any moment walk of the page... Ungerer's books are characterized by a deep sense of tolerance, with a keen naughtiness that undercuts any potential po-facedness... The question of whether we can know good without knowing evil is always prevalent: and this is a delightful place for a child to discover shich things in a way that is both wise and humane."—Philip Womack, TLS (Times Literary Supplement)
"After it arrived in my mailbox, I may have walked around my living room hugging the book I'm featuring in today's post. I did. I hugged it hard. But it's that good... All of the stories in this tall collection... Are gloriously reproduced here. But there's more that makes this a must-have for Ungerer fans: an introductory note from Ungerer himself, as well as a "Behind the Scenes" section that closes the book, in which Phaidon's Maya Gartner (Tomi's editor) chats with him about each of these books... This is a beautifully designed book (the endpapers even feature sketches) that meets the needs of both die-hard Ungerer fans, as well as those who are coming to his work for the first time... There's no one quite like Ungerer, is there?"—Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"Magnificient... Show[s] the wide range of his work... Four of the books are not currently available as separate volumes which contributes to its irresistibility, as the do the interviews with Tomi Ungerer"—CLPE.org.uk (Center for Literacy in Primary Education)
"[Ungerer's] books promote tolerance and diversity, if in a deliciously subversive way... Of course, children don't need to know any of [Ungerer's background] to enjoy these beautiful books but such personal insights make the collection even more collectable."—West Weekend (The West Australian)