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Jules Feiffer

Children's Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist dad, Jules, is well-known for his social commentary, but also writes and illustrates books for young readers. So does his daughter, Kate Feiffer. Whether working alone or in collaboration, Jules and Kate Feiffer’s books are funny and observant, with stories drawn from very real and familiar family situations.


Cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter, and children’s book author & illustrator Jules Feiffer has had a remarkable creative career for more than 50 years. He has created more than 35 books, plays, and screenplays. His work has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning in The Village Voice, an Obie for two of his plays (Little Murders and The White House Murder Case), and an Academy Award for his animated short, Munro. Feiffer was the first cartoonist commissioned by The New York Times to create comics for their Op-Ed page, and his cartoons have also appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Nation.

In 1961, Feiffer collaborated with friend and neighbor Norton Juster on the classic book, The Phantom Tollbooth, where his simple expressive line drawings breathed life into the unforgettable characters of Milo, Tock, and Rhyme and Reason. Feiffer reunited 50 years later with Juster on The Odious Ogre. Feiffer has written and illustrated many more picture books, including The Man in the Ceiling, A Room with a Zoo, and Bark, George! He has collaborated with his daughter Kate on four delightful picture books: Henry the Dog with No Tail, Which Puppy?, My Side of the Car, and No Go Sleep, published in 2012. In 2010, Feiffer published a memoir, Backing Into Forward, that talks candidly about all that can be learned from life’s failures.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Jules Feiffer continues to live in New York City. He teaches at the University of Stony Brook Southampton and continues to write and draw, including work on a new graphic novel.

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