Ungerer: I’m a great fan of the absurd; I think it’s an extension of reality. I’ve always used the absurd in my books; the more I get into it, the more I tell the little crazy details. Why does the tramp carry a foot in his bag? A tramp has to do a lot of walking, like a car [that carries a spare tire] has to do a lot of driving. The absurd pushes children to ask more questions. And it puts adults in a strange situation.
Children nowadays know where babies come from. What they don’t know is where adults come from.
—Tomi Ungerer (via abcofreading)
Art by Tomi Ungerer, 1967.
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What’s so cute about an animal that loves absolutely nothing, makes your house smell terrible, and has a brain the size of an under-developed kidney bean? At last, a book that dares to answer these and other feline questions with the sane and sensible answer:Not a damned thing!
The Cat-Hater’s Handbook – an irreverent vintage gem illustrated by beloved children’s book artist Tomi Ungerer.
Author and artist Tomi Ungerer broke the rules of American children’s literature in the 1950s and ’60s. He and longtime friend Maurice Sendak [Where the Wild things Are] were told that their work was too frightening for children. Ungerer doesn’t mind scaring kids because he believed in their ability to cope and adapt to life’s difficulties. Today on Fresh Air he explains the difference between fear and anxiety:
To be scared is one thing; anxiety is another one. … If you are in a battle and you have bombs and bullets and shrapnel and everything is going up in the air, that’s why you can be scared. But it doesn’t really compare to the anxiety. You see, the anxiety … is something much deeper in a way, because it sticks to you all the time. Are we going to make another day? Are we going to be arrested? … It’s all the impending menace, you know, all the time, all the time. And that’s anxiety. I find anxiety worse than fear.
photo by Stephan Vanfleteren via Tomi Ungerer
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