Today is the 80th Birthday of Tomi Ungerer. Ungerer is at the center of a recent and much deserved rise in publicity, thanks to the republishing of many of his greatest children's books, by Phaidon Press.
Ungerer is certainly one of the most imaginative of authors and illustrators. He is decidedly off--in a Roald Dahl / Edward Gorey / William Steig sort of way. His stories are always slightly macabre, and rather melancholy. They are not for everyone--though they are loved by many, and perfectly suitable for children. (Ungerer himself is an odd duck; it does not do to dwell too long on his personal life.)
I've only reviewed one of his books, the charming Moon Man, but the head of the Tomi Ungerer Children's Book Blogger Fan Club is Burgin Streetman, of Vintage Books My Kid Loves. She's reviewed so many of his best selections, some of which are now reprinted by Phaidon and other publishing houses.
The Three Robbers (my favorite, besides Moon Man)
Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear
Christmas Eve at the Mellops'
The Mellops Go Diving for Treasure
Adelaide: The Flying Kangaroo
And you can find many of his out-of-print books on Amazon as well.