Author Norton Juster and illustrator Jules Feiffer celebrate the 50th anniversary of the children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th St., Overland Park.
Feiffer and Juster will share stories about the creation of The Phantom Tollbooth and answer questions from the audience. A book and print signing will follow.
Published in 1961, The Phantom Tollbooth was quickly heralded as both a classic of children's literature and as a modern fairy tale capable of seducing readers of all ages.
The pun-filled text tells the story of a bored boy named Milo who receives a magic tollbooth and, having nothing else to do, drives through it in his toy car. He is transported to the Kingdom of Wisdom where he befriends the "watchdog" Tock and the beetle-like Humbug.
The book became an animated film in 1971 and has been the subject of several stage adaptations, an opera, and a symphony. A film remake is currently underway.
Though known worldwide for The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster is by profession an architect. He was professor of architecture and environmental design at Hampshire College from 1970-1992. He continues to write; his book The Hello, Goodbye Window won the Caledcott Medal for illustration in 2006. A sequel, Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie, was published in 2008.
For 42 years Jules Feiffer's comic strip Feiffer ran in The Village Voice, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Cartooning in 1986. His illustrations, comic strips, and cartoons have appeared in many newspapers, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Nation, among others. He has created more than 35 books, plays, and screenplays.
Admission is free. To RSVP, call 913.327.8000.
The event honors the memory of Gloria Gershun with funding from Martha Gershun and Don Goldman, Lawrence and Donna Gould Cohen, and Friends of Gloria Gershun.