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Book Title: Otto: Autobiografia di un orsacchiotto|
The author of the book: Tomi Ungerer
Date of issue: 2003
ISBN 13: 9788804515272
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.68 MB
Read full description of the books Otto: Autobiografia di un orsacchiotto:A little corner of the Holocaust, seen through the eyes of a teddy bear - very nicely done, with just the right amount of Ungerer's inimitable ironic humor. I think younger children will find it too distressing, but it should be suitable for 6-7 year olds and upwards. We had the French edition lying on our coffee table for several months, and nearly everyone who visited picked it up and read it.
The basic story: Otto belongs to David, a Jewish kid in 1930's Germany. His best friend is Oskar, a Gentile. One day, the SS arrive, and take away David and his family. Just before they hustle him into the truck, David gives Otto to his friend.
The bear goes through various harrowing adventures. He's blown up by an Allied bomb, then found in the rubble by a black GI and taken to the US. He ends up in the window of a junk shop, and is miraculously spotted one day by Oskar, now an old man. He recognizes Otto by the distinctive ink stain on his face, resulting from an accident 60 years earlier, and immediately buys him.
The story is so remarkable that the media get hold of it. That evening, a second miracle happens: there is a phone call from David. Against all the odds, he survived Auschwitz. He saw a newspaper story, and managed to track Oskar down.
At the end, the two childhood friends, both bachelors, have moved in together. The final picture is typical Ungerer. They're sitting together happily in David's rather upmarket apartment. Although David is confined to a wheelchair (Auschwitz has apparently left its mark), that hasn't interfered with his ability to appreciate female beauty. The walls are covered with tasteful but extremely racy nude studies.
It's just occurred to me that this isn't in fact gratuitous. Without the nudes, many adult readers would ask themselves whether Oskar and David are supposed to be gay. As it is, you can at once see that David, at least, is definitely hetero. Ungerer's clever.
I was shocked and disappointed to find that the English-language edition has censored the illustration on the last page: the sexy nudes have been replaced by anodyne landscapes. All too typical, alas.
Read information about the authorJean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer is a French illustrator best known for his erotic and political illustrations as well as children's books.
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