The Beast of Monsieur Racine

Tomi Ungerer


The Beast of Monsieur Racine by Tomi Ungerer / ISBN 9780714860817 / 32-page hardcover, 9.5 x 12.25 inches, from Phaidon


"This 1970s classic is Ungerer at his sweetly subversive best."―New York Times Book Review

Monsieur Racine wakes up one day to find his precious pear tree looted of all the award-winning fruit. When he discovers that the culprit is funny-looking beast, his anger gives way to curiosity and two become friends. But the beast is not quite what it seems, eventually it comes apart-literally to show itself to be no beast at all, but the two playful children from next door, covered with skins and rags.

Tomi Ungerer is a winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and has a museum entirely dedicated to his work in Strasbourg. His bestselling book, The Three Robbers, has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

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