Bobbie and I spent this past weekend in Massachusetts where we thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tomi Ungerer and his lovely family. An exhibit of Tomi’s work, Tomi Ungerer, Chronicler of the Absurd is currently on view at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

This weekend was the first time Tomi and I met in person, although we both came to New York in the early 1950’s where with just a few dollars in our pockets we planned to begin our careers. Tomi started to work in children’s picture book illustration soon after he arrived, and I worked in the field of graphic design for a number of years before I began making picture books. It was a great honor to meet and I am very happy to have Tomi’s work on exhibit during this year of his 80th birthday. I hope you will come and see the show!

You can preview Tomi’s exhibit here.