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The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer

The Three Robbers (original 1962; edition 1974)

by Tomi Ungerer (Author), Tomi Ungerer (Illustrator)

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Title:The Three Robbers
Authors:Tomi Ungerer (Author)
Other authors:Tomi Ungerer (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum (1974), Hardcover
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:picture book, crime, thieves, orphans, read2012

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The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer (1962)



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wonderfully scary, then melts into charm. Children love this book. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
Three robbers wearing black hats and capes terrorize the countryside with their blunderbuss, pepper-blower and huge red axe in this classic and quirky tale from Tomi Ungerer. When they kidnap a young orphan named Tiffany, her simple question - what do they plan to do with their hoarded treasure? - precipitates them down a new path in life, as the proprietors of a castle built to house the region's orphans and unwanted children...

Originally published in Switzerland in 1963 as Die Drei Räuber, this classic of world children's literature was brought back into print in English by Phaidon in 2008. With an atmospheric tale that subverts the reader's expectations, depicting the robbers' transformation from frightening figures who threaten the populace to benevolent men who found an orphanage for needy children, whilst still remaining thieves, The Three Robbers displays its creator's sense of whimsy, as well as the social commentary for which he is famous. Are the eponymous Three Robbers meant to be Robin Hood figures, stealing from the rich in order to benefit the poor? Are they the fulfillment of the child's fantasy of tricking the adults, and living on their own in a castle? Or does the story encourage us to think that people who do bad things can be reformed, if given a new direction for their energies? Whatever the case may be, the story is still entertaining, just as the bold artwork is engrossing. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 28, 2016 |
Wonderful quirky picture book. Read to me by my son, it's only a few lines per page, but contains a handful of longer words. I myself didn't even know what a blunderbuss was. I would have liked this book as a child, and indeed it reminds me of all the stories of highway robbers I used to read. Not even sure where they all came from. [a:Tomi Ungerer's|72770|Tomi Ungerer|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1312191534p2/72770.jpg] pictures are quirky like the story. I really liked the very distinctive style, the graphic shapes and the use of black. Discovered this book through [b:1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up|6936332|1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up|Julia Eccleshare|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1342805030s/6936332.jpg|7168376]. ( )
  Fjola | Apr 23, 2015 |
À partida a premissa parece completamente desapropriada para uma história infantil, só que não é. Na verdade, tem o seu quê de divertido - é um divertido um pouco inquietante, mas paciência. É bom e isso é o que importa. ( )
  Joel.G..Gomes | Apr 17, 2014 |
Reason for Reading: I love Tomi Ungerer as an illustrator; I love this book in particular and this qualifies as my "U" author for the A-Z challenge.

The publisher's summary certainly tells the story in probably as many words as are used in the book! This is a simple tale and one with a rather ambiguous ending. Not sure if I'm entirely comfortable with it. The robbers who are indeed "fierce", with a gun, spend their lives as criminals. A little girl captures their heart and they turn good, But is using all their stolen wealth to build a grand castle ethical just because they then house it full of orphans and are now nice instead of bad? I somehow do enjoy the story, though. What makes this a favourite for me and a keeper on my shelves is its illustrations. The robbers are brilliant creepy little men in black capes and tall hats with only their eyes visible. We never see any more of them than that. The backgrounds are blue and black, keeping the story dark and probably intense for little children. When the little girl is introduced she is surrounded with yellow. A light in the darkness. The orphans are dressed like the robbers only in red capes and hats adding joy and happiness and we see them outdoors against green background. Ungerer's drawings are a delight to behold and his use of colour in this book is dramatic. A fun older book which is nice to see back in print. ( )
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Three robbers terrify the countryside until they are subdued by the charm of a little orphan girl named Tiffany.

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