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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)
Excellent book. Great for all ages. I first read it as an adult and it was one of those books I made sure my children read and they also love it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rebecca B Proaps
Lots of giggles and exploration of the oddities of English language.Published 4 days ago by Kevin Gould
Excellent book that I enjoyed reading with my 11 and 9 year olds. Arrived on time and in described condition.Published 6 days ago by Quinn N. Clemons
Loved it! :) I'll probably reread it, I wasn't into reading when I started it, so I stopped reading for long periods of time. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Teresa G.
I liked it because it was full of adventure. My mom liked it because it was a fun way to ply with words.Published 11 days ago by ActiveReader
Just as I remember it twen....uh hum...10+ years ago! Purchased one each for my niece and nephew so we could read it together. They love it just as much as I did.Published 11 days ago by DBrasso
About a bored boy who goes on an exciting adventure. It is so funny and exciting. There is a bug named Humbug, a boy named Milo and a dog named Tock. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Rebecca Menes