French author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer dies

French author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer dies

Renowned author and illustrator Tomi Ungerer has died. He was 87.

French media reports say Ungerer died on Friday at his daughter's home in Ireland.

Ungerer was born in Strasbourg, eastern France, in 1931. He moved to New York after World War Two.

One of his most popular children's books is "The Three Robbers". The story, published in 1961, tells the tale of three robbers who wear black clothing and carry red axes in their hands. A meeting with a girl leads them to change their minds and buy a castle for orphans with the loot they have stolen.

Ungerer published more than 140 books, translated into nearly 30 different languages, winning the hearts of readers of all ages around the world.

He was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration in 1998.