CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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The Three Robbers Hardcover – March 21, 2009
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"Ungerer is a wizard at whittling a story down to its smoothest, most streamlined essence, as shown in this reissued tale of a trio of ruthless highwaymen ... This master class in storytelling should be required reading not just for children, but current children's-book authors." --Cookie Magazine, November 2008
"Though he has never been much out of it, the spotlight seems to be shining particularly brightly right now on Mr. Ungerer ... Both Mr. Ungerer's approach and his visual style -- inspired by Saul Steinberg, with elements of George Grosz and Paul Klee -- seemed to have seeped into the DNA of children s literature." --The New York Times, July 27, 2008
Top Customer Reviews
The tale concerns itself with the doings of three fierce black-clad robbers. Outfitted with a blunderbuss, a pepper-blower, and a huge red axe, the three had a pretty good gig going. One robber would stop carriage horses with his pepper spray, another would stop the carriage completely by destroying the wheels with an axe, and the third would rob the passengers by holding them up with his blunderbuss. Honestly? I just like writing the word blunderbuss. That's a great word. Anyway, one day the men stop a carriage containing a small orphan on her way to live with a "wicked aunt". They rescue her and take her home to live with them. When the child asks them what they intend to do with all of their money, the men are stumped. Their solution is round up all the, "lost, unhappy, and abandoned children" they can find, buy a castle, and move in with all the children. In the end the kids grow up and build three tall high-roofed towers in honor of their foster fathers, the three robbers. The end.Read more ›
The story is on the dark side, though, so if you have a child who's particularly sensitive, this might not be the right book for him/her.
Storyline is that some bad robbers' hearts are melted by a kid and they turn their stolen cash into good.
One night the robbers make a mistake. Instead of stopping a carriage full of rich people with money or rich jewelry, they `stopped a carriage that had but one passenger, an orphan named Tiffany.' Well Tiffany was delighted, and since the robbers didn't know what else to do they took her home to their hide-out where she promptly turned their world upside down by asking them what they planned to do with their wealth.
Realizing that they were doing nothing with their horded wealth, and that this was really a waste, they decide to buy a castle and bring to it all the `lost, unhappy, and abandoned children they could find.' These children grow up and marry, but as a testament to their benefactors build three towers.
I realize that this summary doesn't make this book sound all that great, but I like it. Also this summary seems to completely conflict with the editorial review. The editorial review is not really one for this book. If you look closely it is really a review for `Crictor; Moon Man'. It only gives a passing mention to `The Three Robbers' at the very bottom. The illustrations are bold and more often than not the page is black and the writing white. The story is told in a style that endears the book to me.
I don't really run across too many of his stories and growing up, Crictor and Zerelda's Ogre were the only ones I remember as a child.
But I work with children now and I'm always trying to share with them some of the books from my youth that I adored.
I search for Ungerer's books at the libraries, when ever I'm able to I hunt them down and read them so finding The Three Robbers was really a surprise for me.
(If you're in Berkeley or have the ability to get there, the main library has a wonderful selection of his works by the way)
The Three Robbers, This story is just a treat. The images are dark yet not scary and the story takes these "bad" men and shows that they are really not that bad. Yes, stealing is wrong, yes scaring people is wrong. But when you take orphans and offer them a home, in a pretty castle? that's so right.
The little boy I work with (he's three) just adored the story. So much so that I found I was retelling it from memory to the best of my ability for weeks after we'd initially read it in the library. In fact, we picked it up today and I had to read it four times before we left the library, stop once more on the way home to read it, and then read it again when we got home.
I strongly recommend this story to everyone. Really.
Update: This book is now being published again by Phaidon and while I'm glad it's back out on the market, The children and I were deeply saddened to find that they had altered some of the story. It's not a complete butchering but it was enough that several of the children noticed changes in the words. I still recommend the story though, it's truly wonderful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the story that stands out most from my childhood. Reading it now, it's a little heavy...but as a kid I remember being thrilled that the robbers were able to turn a new... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RC
My kids love this story! It is well done. And the pictures are fantastic!Published 7 months ago by Wendys
Great story about friendship. I remembered all my friends while reading this book. very inspirational.Published 11 months ago by Linda Jones
Wonderfully imaginative story. Illustrations are great! Tells an alternative story to today. Sweet yet thought-provoking for Kids. Great humor as well.Published 12 months ago by NuScientist
A fantastic work of art and children's book. A well done work to have and savor.Published 18 months ago by D. Mcguinness