Tomi Ungerer

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Tomi Ungerer

Not for Children Only Showing at E Street Cinema

Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis by Tomi UngererE Street Cinema is showing the documentary Far Out Isn't Far enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story. The film shares with adult fans Ungerer's childhood in Alsace under German occupation. It also discusses how his adult erotic picture books caused the removal of his children books from library shelves.

Tomi Ungerer is interviewed extensively in the film about his being prevented from working as a children's author and illustrator. Unable to publish children books, he left the United States to live in Ireland. His friends Jules Feiffer, the late Maurice Sendak, daughter and others provide additional commentary about his life.

one,two, where's my shoe? by Tomi UngererThe library has in its collection his autobiography Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis, a work filled with satirical drawings. Ungerer's experiences as a child and French immigrant to the United States can be seen as influencing his worldview.

Crictor by Tomi UngererChildren of all ages remain enamored of such Ungerer classics as Crictor; One, Two, Where's My Shoe?; and The Three Robbers.

His stories and pictures play with the idea of upending order as in Crictor and One, Two, Where's My Shoe?.  A note of menace and a pervasive gentleness can flow together as in one of his most beloved works, The Three Robbers.

Thankfully, the DC Public Library keeps such treasured works and all are invited to partake. 

In order to fully enjoy Ungerer's illustrations check out the short The Three Robbers video below.