Snail, Where Are You?

Overview

A newly revitalized edition of Tomi Ungerer’s children?s classic.

Snail, where are you? At a party? At sea? In the mountains? Young sleuths will have hours of fun finding Tomi Ungerer’s snail in his many disguises. This beautiful, classic concept book, first published in 1962, has been re‐imagined with added text to enhance the playful, gorgeously restored and revitalized illustrations.

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Overview

A newly revitalized edition of Tomi Ungerer’s children?s classic.

Snail, where are you? At a party? At sea? In the mountains? Young sleuths will have hours of fun finding Tomi Ungerer’s snail in his many disguises. This beautiful, classic concept book, first published in 1962, has been re‐imagined with added text to enhance the playful, gorgeously restored and revitalized illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Old favorites come to the fore in revitalized editions. First published in 1962, Tomi Ungerer's classic concept book Snail, Where Are You? is now a lift-the-flap book, with strategically placed die-cuts in sturdy overlays that help youngsters put their fingers on the snail in each painting, whether on the crest of a wave, the hat of a jester, or the curly tale of a plump pink pig. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This hardback book with a dust jacket is based on a concept developed in 1962 now re-imagined in a lift-the-flap format. The artistic premise is based on the idea that a snail's shell resembles a spiral. The first page asks, "Snail, where are you?" Opposite, there is a half-page black flap with a cutout the shape of a snail revealing a black spiral on a blue background. When the flap is raised, there is a picture of a rowboat on the top of a blue wave with a spiral curl. The text reads, "I'm riding the waves!" There are ten more pages of flaps with cutouts of snails in different sizes and shapes. The spirals appear on the top of a knitted cap, the end of an elephant's curled trunk, and even on the tail of a pig. The colors are all bright and rich, and the images are amusing. In addition, there are more spirals to be counted than appear in the cutouts. This is the kind of book that begs to be shared with a friend.
Kirkus Reviews
Ungerer's nearly wordless 1962 title gets a thorough makeover, with anonymously written answers to the repeatedly posed title question, bright new colors and most significantly, a new format that features folded-over pages with small die-cut holes. Each hole reveals a bit of snail-shell-like curl that turns out to be something else-a wave, a tail, a horn (musical or otherwise), a ringlet of hair-until the snail at last puts in an appearance. Literal-minded readers may be confused by the closing invitation to go back and count the "snails," as there's really only the one-but the original's silliness survives intact, and the new packaging puts on a handsome show. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714867991
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2015
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: Up to 5 years

Meet the Author

Born in Strasbourg, in the Alsace region of France, in 1931, Tomi Ungerer started drawing as a small boy. Growing up in Nazi‐occupied Strasbourg, drawing caricatures was for him a form of resistance. Described on his school‐leaving certificate as a "depraved and rebellious character", he hitch‐hiked around Europe, getting as far as Lapland, rather than going to university. Inspired by his heroes Saul Steinberg, James Thurber and Charles Addams, Ungerer landed in New York in 1956, with only $60 dollars in his pocket and a suitcase full of drawings. He quickly found success as an illustrator and caricaturist, becoming a star almost overnight. He published his first book for children, The Mellops Go Flying, in 1957, and went on to publish 80 books over the next ten years, covering all aspects of his work.

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