Inside The Mind Of The World's Naughtiest Children's Book Illustrator

April 6, 2015 2:36 PM

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Inside The Mind Of The World's Naughtiest Children's Book Illustrator

After moving to New York in 1956, the French artist and writer published a succession of unusual yet wildly successful children's books, including "The Three Robbers," about a trio of winsome burglars, and "Crictor," about a rather unlikely protagonist -- a lovable snake. From the start, Ungerer held a special place in his heart for the outsider, the underdog, the weirdo, the trickster. This unusual vantage point, along a ravenous imagination and wicked dark side, set Ungerer apart from the traditional "happily ever after" children's book originator.

Much of Ungerer's unorthodox style stemmed from his upbringing under Nazi occupation in Alsace, France, where he was constantly straddling French and German languages and identities, ultimately feeling as though he belonged nowhere. Faced with constant fear and a looming sense of abnormality, Ungere...

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