The Beast of Monsieur Racine by Tomi Ungerer
  

Synopsis

The Beast of Monsieur Racine by Tomi Ungerer

Monsieur Racine wakes up one day to find his precious pear tree looted of all the award-winning fruit. When he discovers that the culprit is funny-looking beast, his anger gives way to curiosity and two become friends. But the beast is not quite what it seems, eventually it comes apart-literally to show itself to be no beast at all, but the two playful children from next door, covered with skins and rags.

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This 1970s classic is Ungerer at his sweetly subversive best. New York Times Book Review Tomi Ungerer s drawing talent was and is prodigious and he is mercurially inventive with words and ideas. His lengthening rack of children s books have become genre classics. Man of the World

About the Author

Born in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France, in 1931, Tomi Ungerer started drawing as a small boy. Growing up in Nazi-occupied Strasbourg, drawing caricatures was for him a form of resistance. Described on his school-leaving certificate as a 'depraved and rebellious character', he hitch-hiked around Europe, getting as far as Lapland, rather than going to university. Inspired by his heroes Saul Steinberg, James Thurber and Charles Addams, Ungerer landed in New York in 1956, with only $60 dollars in his pocket and a suitcase full of drawings. He quickly found success as an illustrator and caricaturist, becoming a star almost overnight. He published his first book for children, The Mellops Go Flying, in 1957, and went on to publish 80 books over the next ten years, covering all aspects of his work.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages

Author

Tomi Ungerer
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Publisher

Phaidon Press Ltd

Publication date

15th September 2014

ISBN

9780714860817


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