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Jules Feiffer’s “Amazing Grapes” Marks His First Children’s Graphic Novel

    Dr. Seuss eloquently captured the essence of aging in his timeless work, “You’re Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children.” Meanwhile, the illustrious cartoonist Jules Feiffer defies age stereotypes by unveiling his inaugural children’s graphic novel at the vibrant age of 95. These instances illuminate the boundless creativity and vitality that can thrive at any stage of life, challenging conventional notions of youth and productivity.

    In a remarkable testament to enduring creativity, the legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer, is poised to make his grand entrance into the realm of children’s literature with his debut graphic novel, “Amazing Grapes.” Anticipated for release this year, this middle-grade masterpiece promises to whisk readers away on an exhilarating journey. Within its pages, a family finds themselves thrust into the heart of a thrilling escapade, charged with the monumental task of saving a parallel dimension while grappling with the mystery of their missing matriarch.

    Published under the esteemed banner of HarperCollins, specifically the illustrious Michael di Capua Books imprint, “Amazing Grapes” is slated to grace bookstore shelves and captivate young minds come September 24th. This landmark release not only showcases Feiffer’s enduring talent but also serves as a beacon of inspiration, proving that age is no barrier to embarking on new creative ventures and enchanting readers of all ages.

    Publisher Michael di Capua states, “It’s hard to believe it’s been over 30 years since Jules Feiffer and I began working together. Jules is breaking new ground at 95. ‘Amazing Grapes,’ his first graphic novel for kids, is just as dazzling as you’d expect from this lifelong lover of graphic novels.” Di Capua first met Feiffer when he was an editor at HarperCollins after Maurice Sendak recommended him to discuss publishing 1993’s The Man in the Ceiling, which was the first children’s book Feiffer wrote. The pair have collaborated on several books since, including 1999’s bestselling picture book Bark, George, and its 2020 sequel Smart George, which marked Feiffer’s most recent project.

    Feiffer says, “Writing for young readers connects me professionally to a part of myself that I didn’t know how to let out until I was 60. That kid who lived a life of innocence, mixed with confusion and consternation, disappointment, and dopey humor. And who drew comic strips and needed friends — and found them — in cartoons and children’s books that told him what the grown-ups in his life had left out. That’s what reading did for me when I was a kid. Now I try to return the favor.”

    Tony M.