Norton Juster was born in New York State in 1929. He studied
architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and spent a year in
Liverpool on a Fulbright Scholarship. After spending three years in
the US Navy, he practised architecture in New York and
Massachusetts. His work includes The Dot and the Line, which was
made into an animated film, and a musical adaptation of The Phantom
Tollbooth. He is married and lives in Massachusetts. He has one
daughter and one granddaughter.
The Phantom Tollbooth, his most famous book, won the George C. Stone Center for Children's Books Award.
Praise for `The Phantom Tollbooth':
"Think Alice in Wonderland for the modern age. Brilliant." Guardian
"The most unpredictable, the most stimulating children's book I have read for a very long time. Words, numbers, cliches, proverbs are taken literally, imaginatively or punningly in an enthralling and very funny dazzle of mental fireworks." The Sunday Times
"An altogether remarkable book, one that should delight any bright child, and that will be no burden for a parent to read aloud. Related with unflagging wit and a marvellous sense of the fun to be had with words, this book will be enjoyed by children for years to come." Spectator