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'Watch the children, the subversive is back New York Times, 27 July 2008 [USA] 'Tomi Ungerer has been proving the pen is mightier than the sword for six decades - [a] style marked by great originality of illustrative technique, and a use of language that refused to patronise his young readers' John Dunnng, Dazed & Confused, November 2008 'his work was dark,, wild, sometimes frightening. Maurice Sendak, a friend of Ungerer's, thought him the most original children's book writer of his time.' Horatia Harrod, Sunday Telegraph, 25 January 2009 'has delighted children around the world with his scarily enchanting style.' The Independent, 15 August 2008 'Phaidon Press [...] are in the process of bringing Tomi back into print with a distinction all of their own. In a reprint programme which is being carried out with careful attention to all aspects of printing and design, they have already given us excellent editions of The Three Robbers, Moon Man, Adelaide, the Flaying Kangaroo and a handsomely revised and expanded edition of Far Out Isn't Far Enough, while last year they published the first edition in English of Otto' Brian Alderson, Books for Keeps, September 2011 'Maurice Sendak described Ungerer's work as passionate and personal - "it's marvellous and it's cuckoo and it's that kind of veracity that's always made for good children's literature" (The New York Times, Sept 2011)' Outside In, Inside Out, November 2011

About the Author

Tomi Ungerer, born in Strasbourg in 1931, landed in New York in 1956 with $60 in his pocket and with a suitcase full of drawings. Overnight he became a star as a caricaturist, illustrator and children's book author and published more than 80 books in ten years. As a graphic artist he created advertising campaigns for Willy Brandt and The New York Times. In 1998, Tomi Ungerer was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for illustration and has become an internationally renowned artist. He now divides his time between Strasbourg and Ireland.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (March 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714860832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714860831
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tomi Ungerer was born is Strasbourg in 1931, moved to the US in 1956 and now lives in Ireland. His first children's book "The Mellops go Flying" was published by Harper in 1957. This was to be the first in a series of very successful and unusual children's titles.

For a full biography see his official site - TomiUngerer.com

Tomi is a prolific artist, author and illustrator and has been awarded a wide range of prizes, accolades and honours in recognition of his work including:

- Legion d'Honneur France (1990)
- Order of the Deutsches Bundesverdienstdreuz Germany (1993)
- National Prize for Graphic Arts France (1995)
- Hans Christian Andersen Prize for children's literature (1998)
- European Prize for Culture (1999)
- Officer of the Legion d'Honneur France (2000)
- Named Goodwill Ambassador for Childhood and Education of European Council (2003)
- Erich Käistner Literary Prize (2004)
- Awarded an honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Karlsruhe (2004)

Customer Reviews

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cynthia on March 19, 2011
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I was so excited to see Adelaide, a great vintage children's book by Tomi Ungerer, back in print. That said, when I just received my copy from Amazon, I saw it had been changed from the 1959 version my daughter had checked out of our local library. While the story is essentially the same, just be forewarned that the wording throughout has been changed in many places.

The most notable is the change to the ending:

ORIGINAL:
The director gave her a signed paper releasing Leon. They were married soon after. Long live the happy couple! Leon and Adelaide had many children. With her fine family and good friends Adelaide was completely happy.

NEW VERSION:
The director gave her a signed paper and Leon was released. Soon, they were married. Leon and Adelaide had many children - they were the most striking family of kangaroos the world had ever seen! Adelaide was truly happy and realized that her adventures could have only happened with her special set of wings."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra S. Ansley on August 9, 2011
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Adelaide was a favorite of my children as were all Tomi Ungerer's books. I bought for a friend's son and he loves it. The book is charming and original and written in a way that holds a child's interest. I highly recommend it.

Unfortunately, the ending has been changed (I don't know by who or why). I wish I had realized this before I bought the book new. I would have tried to find a good used copy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Fischer on October 19, 2011
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This charming book tells the tale of a winged kangaroo who leaves home to see the world and finds a life for herself in Paris. Adelaide's story contains themes of friendship, self-sacrifice, the kindness of strangers and the importance of striving for happiness in one's life. Ungerer's childlike drawings are clever and the blue and tan color palette is quite soothing. An endearing read your children will enjoy for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. M. D. on January 29, 2014
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one of his best and most unique..i love tomi ungerer and believe i have most of his books, if not all, but this is right up there with crichtor...sweet little story and my 5 year old and i have read it numerous times. a keeper.
we have some of his not-so-politically correct books too and they are all unique and hold my 5 year old's attention.
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By Skeem93 on January 25, 2013
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My best friend is 2 weeks away from delivering her baby, a girl she is naming Adelaide. I ran across this book, never heard of it, and bought it for her. It's adorable. I thinkit's a very unique book and unlike any children's book I've ever seen - and I worked in a daycare for many years. It's a book that is meant to inspire independence and confidence in children.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE ORIGINAL VERSION,THIS IS NOT IT. I know a lot of people are upset that this version of the book has a different ending that the original book. If you are looking for the original, this is not it. However, as someone who had never heard of the book until I searched the name Adelaide - I still enjoy it and find it to have a positive message for kids!
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