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Norton Juster received (and continues to receive) enormous praise for this original, witty, and oftentimes hilarious novel, first published in 1961. In an introductory "Appreciation" written by Maurice Sendak for the 35th anniversary edition, he states, "The Phantom Tollbooth leaps, soars, and abounds in right notes all over the place, as any proper masterpiece must." Indeed.
As Milo heads toward Dictionopolis he meets with the Whether Man ("for after all it's more important to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be"), passes through The Doldrums (populated by Lethargarians), and picks up a watchdog named Tock (who has a giant alarm clock for a body). The brilliant satire and double entendre intensifies in the Word Market, where after a brief scuffle with Officer Short Shrift, Milo and Tock set off toward the Mountains of Ignorance to rescue the twin Princesses, Rhyme and Reason. Anyone with an appreciation for language, irony, or Alice in Wonderland-style adventure will adore this book for years on end. (Ages 8 and up) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
this was a really good book.You should read it.it has a great ending and is a great story.You will lov thi book if you read it.ENJOY TE BOOK !!!!!Published 1 day ago by Debra
My fourth grade teacher gave me this book as a elementary school graduation gift. The story is great for a constant dreamer who also loves books like "The BFG" or anything... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Emily
This book is filled with wit , charm, and cleverness. An average boy, bored with life, finds true meaning in life and learns a lot along the way, with the help of his friends The... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Reviewer
One of the best, most entertaining books ever for both kids and adults. Can read together and never feel you are reading kiddie lit - the double entrendres and life lessons are... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Elizabeth Phillips
I liked it because it was our book club book 😃. All of my friends liked it .
It is a good book
This book was magical and very much the next Alice in Wonderland. There was a marvelous amount of wordplay and logic play. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Alicia N.
Love the play on words and the really great lesson. Funny and a great read.Published 6 days ago by Judy Dutcher
this book is an everlasting classic. I got it on my kindle after a freind recommended it, and i loved it from the very start. worth six stars, not five!Published 7 days ago by Viladeth Saetia