Bill Peckmann &Books &Illustration 10 May 2011 07:48 am

Ungerer SongBook

- Here’s a precious item scanned and sent to me by Bill Peckmann. It’s a song book that Tomi Ungerer illustrated. Back in the 70s, Ungerer‘s work was everywhere. As a matter of fact, I always seemed to take it for granted. Yet, everytime I came upon one of his brilliant children’s books, I would find him anew. Always the work was excellent with a depth that you rarely found except in the best of Sendak or Glaser.

This song book, published in 1975, is filled with fine illustrations by Mr. Ungerer. This is a style whose depths he plumbed in ths period with books like Strega Nonna or The Three Robbers. Unlike much of his earliest work, it seemed less cartoon and more Bruegel.

The book’s cover

The Title Page















Many thanks to Bill Peckmann for contributing this artwork, scans and inspiration.

5 Responses to “Ungerer SongBook”

  1. on 10 May 2011 at 12:21 pm 1.Daniel Caylor said …

    This stuff is absolutely beautiful. So clean and so full of character. I love the colors. Thanks for this. :)

  2. on 10 May 2011 at 2:09 pm 2.slowtiger said …

    I only knew this as the _german_ song book. There’s at least a german and an english version of this, with different songs and different authors, but the same illustrations. I wonder if there were any language/country specific illustrations, or any other language edition.

    (The german version is still in print and available!)

  3. on 11 May 2011 at 6:04 am 3.Stephen Macquignon said …


  4. on 13 May 2011 at 1:16 am 4.James said …

    Such beauty, character, genuine presence in this art! Thank you for sharing!

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