Wednesday, January 18, 2012

More, More, More: The Mellops

Three cheers for Phaidon Press for bringing Tomi Ungerer's classic series about the Mellops back to life for young readers. First printed in Germany in the late 1970's, the simple ink line drawings and limited color separation spreads are full of excitement. Whether the pig family is drilling for oil, caught in a forest fire, or deep sea diving with their dog, the older siblings of your totz will be riveted to the tales.

Next Christmas, definitely watch for Christmas Eve at the Mellops'. The work could have been written in 2012 with it's freshness and relevance. Tomi's heart rings loud and clear. Now if we could just get a sample of Mrs. Mellops beautiful cream cake.

The Mellops Strike Oil
The Mellops Go Diving for Treasure
Christmas Eve at the Mellops'
by Tomi Ungerer
Phaidon Press, 2011

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