There are many things to love about “The Phantom Tollbooth,” the amusing illustrations of Jules Feiffer, the masterful wordplay of Norton Juster, the fantastic places that Milo travels to, and the unusual characters he meets. The character depicted here is King Azaz the Unabridged, ruler of Dictionopolis. One of my favorite things about “The Phantom Tollbooth” is that it is a product of procrastination. At the time Juster was supposed to be working on another book about cities for children, but frustrated with the process he ended up collaborating with his roommate (Feiffer) and Milo’s journey came to life.
The Phantom Tollbooth, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board