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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)
Same as I remember from when I was little. Can't wait till I have kids to share with them this story.Published 5 days ago by Jaquie
A classic children's book which I purchased for my Kindle (despite having a paperback copy). Wit and wisdom encompass every page in the book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kindle Customer
Truly one of the great books suitable for both kids and adults alike. A fanciful and contemporary take on Alice's adventures for lovers of words. Don't miss this one!Published 7 days ago by Stephen black
I found this book very interesting and quite fascinating. It was well put together and if this were a series I would be delighted to read it.Published 9 days ago by Heather Carmack
Phantom Tollbooth is a great book. It's proably not for first or second graders because is has a lot of big words in it that even I could not pronounced. Read morePublished 10 days ago by amanda bridges