Tomi Ungerer

I've enjoyed Tomi Ungerer's illustrations since I was little. I remember having Fog Island in the little reading center at St. Catherine's Academy. It seemed like a mistake: the illustrations were so dark and the story so ominous to me as a young girl, I felt like I was getting away with reading something that shouldn't have been available to me. As an adult, I've come to love and admire Ungerer not just for his children's books (of which there are many, and unfortunately many out of print), but for his art in general and his extraordinary life. Growing up in Hitler's Germany, immigrating to New York, and becoming friends with Maurice Sendak (they shared an editor) are only some of the fascinating things to learn about this tremendous artist and thinker. His political posters and erotic posters have been banned and remain as powerful today as they did in the 50s and 60s. I gift his books to friends as often as possible. Listen to his interview with Terri Gross for Fresh Air, and watch Far Out Isn't Far Enough, the documentary about him. Pictured above: Three Robbers Pictured below: Moon Man ...