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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 was one of my favorite books as a kid. Of course I still love it as an adultPublished 2 days ago by Amber Wells
I loved this book when I was in elementary school, and gave it to my friend's son last year when he was in 4th grade. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michelle
It was fun to read 30 years ago as a kid. But now I can appreciate the absolute mastery of language Juster had. The puns and wordplay were nonstop.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was read aload to me and it was the best book ever!!! The characters are so funny and great.Thats why this book is five stars!Published 11 days ago by David Chang
Great book to read!! A great book for kids and adults. Teaches you the time wasters and time makers, and the important things about learning. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Melisa R. Almarales