Norton Juster, born on June 2nd, is the author of a number of books, including The Phantom Tollbooth, The Dot and the Line, and Alberic the Wise. He is a practicing architect and professor of environmental design at Hampshire College. Juster started writing while stationed in Newfoundland during his service in the Navy, which he found to be "unbearably boring." A friend showed a few chapters of The Phantom Tollbooth to a publisher at Random House and he had a contract in three weeks.
Phantom Tollbooth has been a readers' favorite since it was published in 1961. The book is a blend of fantasy and nonsense, a breathtaking journey in a world of words and math, and has been compared to Alice in Wonderland. Juster's newest book, The Hello, Goodbye Window was published in 2005 and illustrated by Chris Raschka. It won the Caldecott Medal in 2006.
"I find the best things I do, I do when I'm trying to avoid doing something else I'm supposed to be doing." Juster lives with his wife in a small rural community in western Massachusetts.