Today we celebrate the birthday of Jules Feiffer!
This extraordinary author has not only written and illustrated numerous books for children, but he has also illustrated comics, written novels, plays and screenplays, and has garnered many awards for his body of work.
As the illustrator of the well-loved The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster, Mr. Feiffer has had a successful career throughout the years. The popular picture book, Bark, George, is a perennial story time favorite (we love how George tries all kinds of animal sounds before finding his own voice!) here at the library. His latest collaboration is illustrating books written by his own daughter, Kate, including the latest, No Go Sleep!.
With so many creative ways to showcase his talent, picture books like I’m Not Bobby! and The Odious Ogre (partnering up with Norton Juster once more) have become library staples. And while it takes a bit of time to accustom yourself to his style of humor, once you pick up one of these books, you’ll see why they are so popular with kids and adults alike. Mr. Feiffer also provided an original story to go along with one of the pieces of artwork in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (which we previously reviewed).
More From the Web
- Enrich your story time telling of Bark, George with some great early literacy enrichment ideas.
- Check out these Phantom Tollbooth teaching ideas from Scholastic.
- Read a review of The Phantom Tollbooth movie (originally released in 1970).
- View an interview with Jules and his daughter Kate.
- Learn more about Kate Feiffer.