July 05, 2011

Tomi Ungerer

Boston Phoenix "Last week, the children's book artist Tomi Ungerer returned to America for the first time in over a decade." By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON

'At a reception on Saturday at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Ungerer sat in a modernist armchair in front of dramatic windows overlooking an apple orchard. The afternoon sunlight reflected off his white hair, still cut in a mid-'60s mop-top. He wore a black suit, a black shirt, and black suede desert boots.

'In the adjoining gallery, drawings from Ungerer's prolific career lined the walls. The exhibit, "Tomi Ungerer: Chronicler of the Absurd," includes sketches from The Mellops, a gentle series about a pig family; mock-ups from Crictor (the kind-hearted boa constrictor); and illustrations from Emile: The Helpful Octopus, including one that shows Emile playing underwater checkers with a diver in full scuba gear.'

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