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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)
First loved by our children and now our grandchildren. A must read classic!Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth S Acken
My 13 year old son thought it was a good but very weird book.Published 3 days ago by maria mihailos
Here's the tale that might remind the reader of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" only a young boy, named Milo. Read morePublished 6 days ago by TexasExileInFlorida
I love this book!! It takes you on an adventure and once you start reading it you can't stop!! Great Work!!!Published 12 days ago by Terry Fisher
This book is a very amazi g book! I can tell that yhe author did a very good job with creativty as well. It really pulled me in as the story went along. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kathy Philpot
This children's classic has been referenced a few times in the past month (from Buzzfeed to Parks and Rec) and realized I've never read it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Nicole Shepard