Books by Jules Feiffer

JACOB'S EYE PATCH by Beth Kobliner Shaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Didactic, confusing and not particularly informative. Seriously? (authors' notes) (Picture book. 3-8)"
Mother and son co-authors tell the story of young Jacob and his time wearing an eye patch to correct two common eye conditions. Read full book review >
NO GO SLEEP! by Kate Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"A clever, funny addition to the bedtime-book shelf. (Picture book 2-5)"
Father and daughter Feiffers deliver a bedtime book underscoring the notion that sometimes only pure exhaustion will lull a baby to sleep. Read full book review >
THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A timeless tribute to learning as play, much enriched with background on even the (seemingly) throwaway lines and puns. (Literary criticism. 10-12, adult)"
Still ferrying dazzled readers to Dictionopolis and beyond 50 years after his first appearance, young Milo is accompanied this time through by encyclopedic commentary from our generation's leading (and most readable) expert on the history of children's literature and publishing. Read full book review >
MY SIDE OF THE CAR by Kate Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Utterly charming. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An endearing father-daughter episode based on family history. Read full book review >
THE ODIOUS OGRE by Norton Juster
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A delicious morsel with which to whet the palate for other works by these giants of children's literature. (Picture book. 6 & up)"
Move over, Shrek, there's a new ogre in the picture-book section. Read full book review >
THE BIRTHDAY BALL by Lois Lowry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"8-12)."
A very bored princess opts for change in this droll take on the Cinderella story. Read full book review >
BACKING INTO FORWARD by Jules Feiffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2010

"A touching, penetrating memoir—though far too sparsely illustrated."
In characteristically wry tones, the celebrated cartoonist/playwright/illustrator looks back at a six-decade (and counting) working life, paying particular attention to his early influences. Read full book review >
WHICH PUPPY? by Kate Feiffer
ANIMALS
Released: April 7, 2009

"Except for one fabulous image of the Basset in mid-howl, this is forgettable. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Opening with then-President-Elect Obama's acceptance-speech promise to his daughters that they "have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House," Feiffers daughter and father present a look at the behind-the-scenes shenanigans as all sorts of canine (and feline and rodent and reptilian…) candidates vie for the position. Read full book review >
HENRY THE DOG WITH NO TAIL by Kate Feiffer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"A handsome enough effort, but nothing special. (Picture book. 3-6)"
All Henry the dog wants is a tail—like Grady, who has a tail "like a baseball bat," or Pip, who can tie her tail into a bow, or Larry, whose tail sticks straight up. Read full book review >
A ROOM WITH A ZOO by Jules Feiffer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Children and adults alike will appreciate everything from over-the-top slapstick fiascos to Julie's wonderfully funny, insightful observations of pet-human and human-human dynamics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"I have a zoo in my room. I need it. Read full book review >
THE DADDY MOUNTAIN by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Surely not. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Another crowd-pleaser from Feiffer, this one featuring a surprisingly (for him) non-neurotic child who takes on a tricky challenge: climbing her standing father. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Despite the subtlety of the message and the even-more-subtle conclusion, children and former children are likely to wince at how exactly the author has once again captured a common childhood tune. (Picture book. 6-8)"
After veering off-key in By the Side of the Road (not reviewed), Feiffer bounces back into perfect pitch with another fretful, all-too-familiar litany. Read full book review >
I’M NOT BOBBY! by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Some adults will object to Bobby's emotional excesses, and others will object to the mother's screams and threats, but plenty of youngsters who are wild things at heart will eat this up. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Golden-brown puppy George had his own existential difficulties finding his voice in Feiffer's last offering (Bark, George!, 1999). Read full book review >
I LOST MY BEAR by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"An energetically drawn, comically exaggerated reprise of a universal domestic experience. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Following her mother's advice to "think like a detective," a desperate child searches her gloriously cluttered room and everywhere else for her lost bear. Read full book review >
MEANWHILE by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Children will chortle. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Ignoring his mother's increasingly irritated summonses, and noting that a boxed ``meanwhile'' in his comic books always signals a change of scene, Raymond tries writing the word on his bedroom wall—and drops into an exciting pirate adventure. Read full book review >
A BARREL OF LAUGHS, A VALE OF TEARS by Jules Feiffer
FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1995

"Tom also visits some other books, including The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)—an appropriate conjuring, as this mixture of allegory and urbane, self-conscious literary doodling will appeal to the same audience. (Fiction. 10+)"
Callow Prince Roger sets out eagerly on a quest and finds a few adventures, a lot of friends, a damsel or two in distress (not!), and himself, in the end. Read full book review >
THE MAN IN THE CEILING by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Wordy—like being buttonholed by a witty, but garrulous, raconteur—but fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In his first children's book, a noted cartoonist and playwright wisely essays what he's always done best—a satirical, somewhat jaundiced take on the contemporary human condition, exemplified here by aspiring cartoonist Jimmy Jibbett and his family. Read full book review >