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Featured books by Jules Feiffer and Kate Feiffer

Meet the Feiffers! Cartoonist dad, Jules, is well-known for his art but also writes and illustrates books for young readers. So does his daughter, Kate. Whether working alone or in collaboration, Jules and Kate Feiffer’s books are sure to tickle funny bones while reminding families of familiar activities and feelings.

Books for teens and adults

Backing into Forward: A Memoir

Backing into Forward: A Memoir

By: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: Teen

Plagued by learning problems, a controlling mother, and a debilitating sense of fear, Feiffer embarked on his first cartoon apprenticeship at the age of seventeen, emboldened only by a passion for success and an aptitude for failure.

Books for children

Bark, George

By: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When George can't bark like most puppies, his mother takes him to the vet who also tells George to "bark!" An exhausted doctor literally pulls out the reasons George "meows" and more with funny and surprising results. Spare, comic line drawings add to the silliness.

I Lost My Bear

By: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

No one will help look for Bearsy. Mom's too busy. Dad's reading, and sister's grumpy. But when Jules Feiffer's spunky heroine strikes out on her own to find her favorite stuffed toy, she discovers much more than anyone ever expected!

Man in the Ceiling

By: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jimmy seems not to meet his family's expectations; instead, he is drawn to drawing and cartoons. How Jimmy finds his own focus is realistically but imaginative and plausible portrayed in Feiffer's first children’s novel.

Meanwhile...

By: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Absorbed in his book, a child ignores his mother's persistent calls, creating his own outrageous, imaginative adventures with the use of the word "meanwhile…" Wit and ingenuity abound in text and illustration until the boy's adventures — and the book — conclude.

Room with a Zoo

By: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Nine-year-old Julie wants a dog but instead winds up with a menagerie of different kinds of critters — with very funny and finally satisfying results. The semi-autobiographical novel reads aloud well and is sure to resonate with many families.

Rupert Can Dance

By: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Mandy loves to dance and so does her cat, Rupert, although he practices only when Mandy is asleep. Mandy discovers Rupert's secret one night and the feline dance stops entirely — until Mandy comes up with an idea. Characteristic line and wash combine with the straightforward text for an engaging and imaginative tale.

But I Wanted a Baby Brother!

By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by: Diane Goode
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Oliver really, really wanted a brother and so, understandably tries to exchange his baby sister in this very funny and highly familiar family tale. Lighthearted illustrations add to the humor and the story’s satisfying conclusion.

Henry the Dog with No Tail

By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Henry is an Australian shepherd with no tail but he longs for a special appendage like his canine friends. His efforts to secure one are fruitless, but Henry finds something even more important. Line and wash illustrations add humor and verve to the pun-filled text.

My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life

By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by: Diane Goode
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

No matter how much her parents' actions disconcert the narrator (like kissing her in public!) the benefits (unconditional love) ultimately outweigh any embarrassment. Expressive cartoons reveal the parents' perspective in this gently humorous, recognizable saga.

My Side of the Car

By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A father and daughter are on the way to the zoo when it begins to rain — but only on one side of the car! Sadie will not be disappointed (and is not) in this tale of optimism and affection between parent and child. Cartoon illustrations add lively humor to this engaging tale.

The Problem with the Puddles

By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by: Tricia Tusa
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The Puddle family is an eccentric group for whom agreement doesn't come easily. The story of their trip together is made even more humorous and offbeat when their dogs (accidentally left behind) tell of their journey to catch up with the Puddles. Intersecting stories share aloud well.

Books illustrated by Jules Feiffer and Kate Feiffer

Henry the Dog with No Tail

By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Henry is an Australian shepherd with no tail but he longs for a special appendage like his canine friends. His efforts to secure one are fruitless, but Henry finds something even more important. Line and wash illustrations add humor and verve to the pun-filled text.

My Side of the Car

By: Kate Feiffer
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A father and daughter are on the way to the zoo when it begins to rain — but only on one side of the car! Sadie will not be disappointed (and is not) in this tale of optimism and affection between parent and child. Cartoon illustrations add lively humor to this engaging tale.

Phantom Tollbooth

By: Norton Juster
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

A tollbooth appears in bored Milo's room beginning an adventure that has delighted readers since it was first published in 1961. Clever wordplay and double entendre has made this a book that can be read again and again with delight and discovery.

Some Things Are Scary

By: Florence Heide
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Feiffer's distorted perspectives on the things that "loom large" capture a range of human emotion with his usual deftness. Kids will commiserate with the saucer-eyed boy as he skates out of control, is afraid he won't be picked for either team, or gets stuck high in a tree. And maybe things won't be so scary next time.

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

By: Leonard Marcus, Norton Juster
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: Teen
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Leonard Marcus, a nationally acclaimed writer on children's literature, has created a richly annotated edition of this perennial favorite. Marcus's expansive annotations include interviews with the author and illustrator, illuminating excerpts from Juster's notes and drafts, cultural and literary commentary, and Marcus's own insights on the book.

The Odious Ogre

By: Norton Juster
Illustrated by: Jules Feiffer
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Alliteration and wordplay abounds in this humorous tale of an unkempt, smelly ogre who is undone by a brave girl's kindness. The playfulness of the language is matched by loose cartoon illustrations in this lively account.

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