Born in Strasbourg in 1931, Tomi Ungerer 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 eighty books in ten years. 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 Ireland and Strasbourg, France, where the Musee Tomi Ungerer, a museum devoted exclusively to his work, opened in 2007.
The eponymous, octopus-out-of-water hero displays as many facets as he has tentacles before returning to ``his quiet life in the sea.'' Ages 4-7. (Aug.)
"...One of the great fabulists and weirdoes of children's book illustration."-Wonderland"This swashbuckling adventure featuring an intrepid octopus brings to mind two 20th-century greats: Jean de Brunhoff's "Babar" and H.A. Rey and Margret Rey's "Curious George"... Witty... Full of drama, ingenuity and friendship, Emile is great fun for readers ages 5-8."-The Wall Street Journal"A welcome return of this captivating, ever-fresh Ungerer classic...Emile's many talents and kind green face will surely endear him to a new generation of readers."-Horn Book