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.
"Provides sentiment with a gently sardonic edge ... Ungerer's eye for detail and gentle wit is as fresh as it was 50 years ago." The Sunday Telegraph "[a] beautiful Christmas story which will make it an ideal present or book to share and read aloud for the festive season." Outside In Inside Out "If you look at the work of Tomi Ungerer, it's passionate, it's personal, it's marvelous and it's cuckoo, and it's that kind of veracity that's always made for good children's literature." -Maurice Sendak, in 'The New York Times' "The kind of inventive story that will have kids asking for repeated readings." - Karen MacPherson, 'Scripps Howard News Service'