By Connie Matthiessen
By Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer
Michael di Capua Books (Scholastic), September 2010, $17.95
Almost 50 years ago, Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer collaborated on the classic The Phantom Tollbooth. They've finally teamed up again for The Odious Ogre. In this tale a fearsome ogre terrorizes and snacks on villagers, and everything is going along just fine (for him) until he meets a girl who isn't afraid of him. The ogre tries repeatedly to scare her, but she sees only the best in him and treats him with kindness (and muffins and tea). Feiffer's wonderful drawings of the ogre and his befuddled reaction to his gentle adversary will engage kids and grownups alike.
Bottom line: Juster and Feiffer team up again in this modern fable.
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