The Odious Ogre

The Odious Ogre

By Norton Juster; Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)

Michael Di Capua Books, Hardcover, 9780545162029, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 2010


The author and the illustrator of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH--together again!

This is the story of a really rotten Ogre who is extraordinarily large, exceedingly ugly, unusually angry, constantly hungry, and absolutely merciless. He terrorizes the entire countryside and all the surrounding towns, wreaking havoc, sowing confusion, and dining happily on the hapless citizens. Nothing can stop him. But then he takes a wrong turn and encounters a kind and friendly young lady who does her best to help him--with a surprising result.

About the Author
Norton Juster is a practicing architect and professor of environmental design at Hampshire College. He is the author of a number of books, including The Phantom Tollbooth, The Dot and the Line and Alberic the Wise. He lives with his wife in a small rural community in western Massachusetts.

Jules Feiffer is a cartoonist, playwright, children s book author and illustrator, and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches a humor writing class at Stony Brook Southampton College. He lives in East Hampton, New York, where he is completing the Kill My Mother trilogy.

Sunday, Sep 5, 2010

In the early 1960s, writer Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer created The Phantom Tollbooth, which quickly became a kid-lit classic. Now, 50 years later, the two have finally collaborated once more -- this time, on a picture book called The Odious Ogre. They speak to NPR's Liane Hansen about their partnership and their new project. More at

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