Norton Juster was an architect and planner, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College, and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line
, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film. He collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on The Phantom Tollbooth
. The musical adaptation, with a score by Arnold Black, premiered in 1995 and is performed in schools and theaters nationwide.
Jules Feiffer is the author of several books for young readers, including The Man in the Ceiling
and A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile...
. He has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays. Mr. Feiffer lives in New York City.
"I read The Phantom Tollbooth
first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'"-Anna Quindlen, The New York Times
"A classic--Humorous, full of warmth and real invention."-The New Yorker
“The Phantom Tollbooth
is the closest thing we have to a modern Alice in Wonderland
“The book lingers long after turning the final page. . . . A classic indeed.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“You loved the humor and adventure . . . and [now] you’ll marvel at [the book's] wit, complexity, and its understanding of how children perceive the passage of time.” —Entertainment Weekly