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Tomi Ungerer

The Three Robbers screams classic. First published in Deuch in 1963, it has forthright, no-pussyfooting- around-softness and instead gives us the danger, violence and dramatic extremes of yester-century. I immediately loved it.

Storyline is that some bad robbers' hearts are melted by a kid and they turn their stolen cash into good. They build a castle and provide for orphans. The robbers dress the kids they adopt in red, which immediately made me think of the oldest surviving girl's school in England, Red Maids in Bristol. Could these robbers have started this school? :)

Tomi Ungerer is an amazing icon. He's made over 140 books for all age brackets...from picture books through to controversial erotica. He is a political satirist, has won numerous awards, including the Legion d'Honneur France and has also contributed to many leading magasines throughout the decades.

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