'The Phantom Tollbooth' author and illustrator collaborating on a new book

The-Phantom-Tollbooth_lSet your watch-dogs because the team that brought us the beloved children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth are back together on a new project for the first time in 49 years. Author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer are collaborating on The Odious Ogre, which is set for a fall 2010 release.

“Norton and I agreed some time ago to do a book together every fifty years,” Feiffer joked in the press release, “And now that the first fifty are up, we are talking about our next venture after The Odious Ogre. Fifty years hence, look for either The Phantom Ogre or The Odious Tollbooth.”

However, Juster seems intent on a closer date, saying, “I do not intend to wait another forty-nine years to work with him again.”

We can only hope that the new effort, about a brutish Ogre who meets a kindly girl “who teaches him a lesson he is not likely to forget,” features the same exuberant wordplay and sheer paradoxical fun that made Tollbooth such an enduring classic. Personally, I know that whether Ogre ends up being the world’s longest short book or the world’s shortest long book, I’ll be looking forward to it. What about you? Any Tollbooth attendants out there?

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  • dottysmom

    Horray! It will be a great book! Can’t wait! Wish there were as many comments for this news item as there are for all the Jon & Kate + Eight items….

  • kim

    Such exciting news! I LOVED “Phantom Tollboth”, and I think I still have the movie on VHS somewhere. I can still sing the “Doldrums” song! I’m sure the new book will be amazing, too.

  • Kath

    Wow, amazing! Incredible and wonderful to hear both men are still alive and creative. I grew up reading Tollbooth over and over and over.

  • David M

    Phantom Tollbooth was my absolute most favorite book growing up… Even re-reading it years later, it still cracks me up. I’d love to see Tim Burton or Terry Gilliam (or, heck, the Pixar crew) adapt it into a feature.

    • Rajvier

      I had seen a clopue pictures of this but these are just too cute to handle!! Up is one of my boy and my "things" so any time I see up things it really tugs at my heart strings! Thanks for posting this. *Krystinq

  • Jameson

    Loved the first book as a youngster and can’t wait to see what else they’re cooking up. Sounds like a good time to schedule a holiday re-read.

  • gymnosapien

    Juster & Feiffer’s brilliant book was one of my most beloved, and most re-read, books of my childhood. It is up there in the pantheon next to Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl.

  • Heather

    Love that book! Can’t wait for the new one.

  • Spitfire1525

    Sweet! I read TPT when I was 13, fell in love with it then. I’m twice that old and I still love it now. It’s one of those rare books that just doesn’t age. And I agree with the commenter above that it could/should be made into a film.

    Can’t wait for the next Juster/Feiffer collaboration! I’m earmarking $7.99 for next fall to buy it.

  • Mercy Loomis

    I loved the Phantom Tollbooth! I’m so excited to hear about the new book! You can bet I’ll be picking up myself a copy…and one for my nieces and nephews too!

  • emerging writer

    I love the Phantom Tollbooth, the wit and wordplay. My children also re-read it so the book is falling apart. I hope the ogre is as good.

  • Joanne

    My son and I are currently reading the Phantom Tollbooth. I had forgotten how clever the book is – or more likely I just didn’t get all the jokes when my 5th grade teacher read it. Looking forward to something new

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