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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)
Just my favorite book as a child. I could relate to the doldrums, as every child sometimes feels boredom and longs for adventure. The metaphors are so beautifully written. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by r
One of the great books. This is a book to keep coming back to. A treasure to read and to read aloud with children.Published 2 days ago by Zuby
Cute story most appropriate for older kids and for pre-teens. I found this book rated highly on some lists recommending "read-aloud" books, but I beg to differ. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Kate Connor
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Glad that I could give an old classic to my granddaughter who loves to read.Published 6 days ago by Sharon H. Miller
The phantom tollbooth was one of the best stories I have ever read, and WOW, now I know what I have been missing out on for a while! Read morePublished 7 days ago by Tia B.
This book is a really good book I read it at school in class. It was amazing 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😃😃😃😃😀😀😀😀😀😝 awesome bookPublished 8 days ago by Betty Ann Quade
I'd really prefer to rate this 3.5. It is a very clever book, but not a very compelling story. If you read it for the interesting word-play, you will be satisfied, but the... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Doug Clark
I thought this book was funny and interesting. There were lots of "sayings" that were funny but that younger kids might not understand. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joe Ant