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Tomi Ungerer: 1931-2019

I’m sad to hear that the great picture book creator Tomi Ungerer has passed away.

The Three Robbers is my favorite book of his, but just about everything he’s made is great. Phaidon has been reissuing a lot of Ungerer’s book in the last few years.

If you’re interested in learning more about him, the documentary Far Out Isn’t Far Enough is excellent.

A couple years ago, I shared this wonderful 1981 Weston Woods interview with Tomi Ungerer.


Archive.org has the film adaptations of a couple of his stories: Moon Man . . . 

Moon Man

. . . and The Three Robbers.

Three Robbers


About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. J. Caparas says:

    Thank you for noting his passing. Moon Man was one of the first books I remember reading by myself