1st visit to the Musée Tomi Ungerer

The Tomi Ungerer Museum
International Center of Illustration

Step 1: The children’s albums
The class is divided into groups.
Each group draws two words from the list on the figurative book.
Each then had to go in search of an illustration of an album Tomi which illustrated the two words drawn.
The Giant of Zeralda, Paris, School of Leisure, Paris, 1971.
Zeralda‘s Ogre, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1967
Zeralda giant is a tale where a nice and sweet little girl will turn an ugly ogre amateur fresh meat in a good father of a large family.

Zéralda, my dear, I feel good there! I can not move any member, and everything turns before my eyes. I eat too much of baked potatoes, at noon. I could never go to the market tomorrow! It will take you to go alone in my place. On this picture, deZéralda father says one thing, the picture says another. On the ground, a bottle of wine half drunk, a woman’s portrait crossed with a black ribbon, these details suggest to us that this is a family man, widowed and unhappy who takes refuge in the alcohol.


Match, Paris, School of Leisure, Paris, 1974. Match, New York, Parents Magazine Press, 1974.
Match is a tale rewritten by Tomi Ungerer from the story published in 1845 by Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish author. It updates the by including it in our modern society. Match is an orphan who searches the bins to try to survive. Nobody cares about her, until magically an abundance of food and objects appear. It distributes to the needy and by ripple effect throughout the city shares its wealth.


The mayor was embarrassed, the military seemed unnecessary. In order to save its popularity, the mayor climbed a pile of vegetables to make a speech. But nobody listened so he stopped speaking after a moment. Tomi Ungerer through the figure of the mayor mocks this issue is power and the need to obtain official recognition for adults. It shows their narrow-mindedness and their little heart. But it is a child who will make them change because it is the them, children who will make the world of tomorrow.


* No kiss for Mommy, Paris, School of Leisure, 1979. No Kiss for Mother, New York, Harper & Row, 1973. A book as Tomi Ungerer autobiography which recounts her childhood and simultaneously plays reality. His father died when he was only 4 years reappears in an authoritarian father who educates caricature with his cane. His mother she becomes hazy and totally shifted.

In an instant the two cats roll on the ground, blowing, hitting, biting, scratching, to the delight of young viewers who are divided into two camps and open their paris. Often starts a fight over something trivial, a misunderstood glance, someone who forgets too eager to greet you. When the words formalize this point, it is possible to exchange, when words are too late insults whose outcome is often a fight. The harmed another, the seizure of power in the form of devouring in this image.

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