Tomi Ungerer

Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmi ˈʊŋəʁɐ] ; 28 November 1931 – 9 February 2019) was an Alsatian artist and writer. He published over 140 books ranging from children’s books to adult works and from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He was known for sharp social satire and witty aphorisms. Ungerer is also famous as a cartoonist and designer of political posters and film posters.

Ungerer received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1998 for his “lasting contribution” as a children’s illustrator.

Books in order of publication:

Children’s books

The Mellops Go Flying (1957)

Mellops Go Diving for Treasure (1957)

Crictor (1958)

The Mellops Strike Oil (1958)

Adelaide (1959)

Christmas Eve at the Mellops (1960)

Emile (1960)

Rufus (1961)

The Three Robbers (1961)

Snail, Where Are You? (1962)

Mellops Go Spelunking (1963)

Flat Stanley (1964) — art by Tomi Ungerer, written by Jeff Brown

One, Two, Where’s My Shoe? (1964)

Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls (1964) — art by Tomi Ungerer, poems collected by William Cole

Oh, What Nonsense! (1966) — art by Tomi Ungerer, edited by William Cole

Orlando, the Brave Vulture (1966)

Warwick’s Three Bottles (1966) – with André Hodeir

Cleopatra Goes Sledding (1967) – with André Hodeir

What’s Good for a 4-Year-Old? (1967) — art by Tomi Ungerer, text by William Cole

Moon Man (Der Mondmann) (Diogenes Verlag, 1966)

Zeralda’s Ogre (1967)

Ask Me a Question (1968)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (1969) — text by Barbara Hazen

Oh, How Silly! (1970) — art by Tomi Ungerer, edited by William Cole

The Hat (1970)

I Am Papa Snap and These Are My Favorite No Such Stories (1971)

The Beast of Monsieur Racine (1971)

The Hut (1972)

Oh, That’s Ridiculous! (1972) — art by Tomi Ungerer, edited by William Cole

No Kiss for Mother (1973)

Allumette; A Fable, with Due Respect to Hans Christian Andersen, the Grimm Brothers, and the Honorable Ambrose Bierce (1974)

Tomi Ungerer’s Heidi: The Classic Novel (1997) — art by Tomi Ungerer, text by Johanna Spyri

Cats as Cats Can (1997)

Flix (1998)

Tortoni Tremelo the Cursed Musician (1998)

Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear (1999)

Zloty (2009)

Fog Island (2013)

Adult books

Horrible. An account of the Sad Achievements of Progress

Der Herzinfarkt (1962)

The Underground Sketchbook (1964)

The Party (1966)

Fornicon (1969)

Tomi Ungerer’s Compromises (1970)

Poster Art of Tomi Ungerer (1972)

America (1974)

Totempole (1976)

Babylon (1979)

Cat-Hater’s Handbook, Or The Ailurophobe’s Delight (1981) — co-authored by William Cole

Symptomatics (1982)

Rigor Mortis (1983)

Slow Agony (1983)

Heute hier, morgen fort (1983)

Far out Isn’t Far Enough (1984)

Femme Fatale (1984)

Schwarzbuch (1984)

Joy of Frogs (1985)

Warteraum (1985)

Schutzengel der Hölle (1986)

Cats As Cats Can (1997)

Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis (1998)

Liberal Arts: The Political Art of Tomi Ungerer (1999)

Erotoscope (2002)

De père en fils (2002)

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