I did a blog on the amazing 1960s Air India series featuring the cheeky little Maharaja some time ago.
For some reason I didn’t focus on the artist, what an interesting discovery !
Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer (born 28 November 1931) is a French illustrator and a writer in three languages. He has published over 140 books ranging from much loved children’s books to controversial adult work and from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He is known for sharp social satire and witty aphorisms.
So its an risky adult children’s illustrator no less !
The ‘tread carefully’ comes from some of the riskier elements you will find
At the core of the work though is the absolute essence of the quirky mid century cartoon movement at its best.
He also did the movie poster for Doctor Stranegelove, I mean who else could ??