Tomi Ungerer…creator of absurd and delicious picture books and more…

I found this poster many years ago in a gallery in NYC.

I love it.

Now faded and wrinkly…it hangs in my studio.

Always has. Always will.

 

The Beast and Monsiur Racine is on top of my pile of Tomi’s books.

When I was a studying with Sendak in the mid-70’s, Maurice introduced me to Tomi’s work .

This book is dedicated to Maurice and designed by Jane Byers Bierhorst (amazing book designer who taught with Maurice). 

This is the book that made me want to make picture books. 

Tomi was a master of the form. It is truly a book that can be read again and again….while always discovering something new in the art. Joyful and absurd. The crowd scenes are wild and wonderful.

 

From my Tomi library...

It’s because of  Tomi, Maurice and Jane that I discovered my passion for this process of creating picture books.  

It is a joy spending time with Tomi’s work. All of it. No matter how absurd…and because it is so…

Tomi’s quote is over my drawing table: “ Far out isn’t far enough”.

I imagine Tomi, Maurice and Jane…together…somewhere…”Outside Over There”…filling the “empty space” with something wonderful.

You are missed…thank you…tcp

Here is a link to Tomi’s official website:

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A link to Tomi’s obituary in the New York Times:

The documentary: Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, The Tomi Ungerer (2012) is fabulous…but NOT for children!

However, the animated version of The Three Robbers IS for kids and it’s great!

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Dog Days of Summer…WOOF!…Notes from Wilbur…

Summer is here. What has she been doing?

She’s been making dummies for a book about me. Lots of them.  This dummy is tiny.

It’s just 5 and 1/2 inches. What’s the big deal? Why does it take so long to make a picture book?

Somedays… she walks me to the library. She gets books. I get ear rubs and dog treats.

Happy Summer…WOOF!….from Wilbur

 

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Celebrate International Women’s Day…WIN a book…

PRE-K-4TH GRADE TEACHERS & K-5 LIBRARIANS BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!!

I’m Celebrating International Women’s Day by giving away -to 4 lucky winners- a signed copy of my book MYRTLE

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux. Winner of Parent’s Choice Silver Medal  & PW starred review
I call it my “Strong Woman” book….Although, Myrtle is a mouse.

HOW TO ENTER:

Visit my Instagram page tcpscribbles or my Facebook page (links on the bottom of the homepage on my website www.traceycampbellpearson.com)

1. Like the photo for the BOOK GIVEAWAY

2. Follow @tcpscribbles on Instagram OR Tracey Campbell Pearson Author Illustrator on Facebook

3. Repost OR tag a librarian or teacher friend who might want to know about this giveaway.

I’ll pick 4 random winners ( 2 from Instagram and 2 from Facebook). They’ll be announced on 6 pm EST on Thursday, March 15, 2018 Open to Teachers, librarians, US residents only.

Good Luck!

This photo of my Great Grandmother and my Great, Great Grandparents on top of an alligator has always been my inspiration for strong women.

Happy International Women’s Day…today and everyday!…tcp

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Penguin Sketches…

Brrrrr….it’s cold outside. Penguins are coming out of my pen!

Penguin notes…

I was recently in Santa Fe. I wish I could have brought an original Georgia O’Keeffe back to Vermont.  Although I did bring home this lovely book of her watercolors from 1916-1918.

It’s keeping me warm on this cold winter morning.  This one is called “House with Tree” (red). It was an inspiration for my penguins. I wonder what Georgia would think of that.

I’m having fun making a mess in my studio with my watercolors….tcp

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