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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 book is an amazing read. Anyone of any age will enjoy it. Dynamic and discerning characters will keep your interest while journeying through various whimsical trials. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Graca Gordon
All the self-help, improvement books in the world don't hold a candle to Juster's masterpiece.
EVERYone should read this book at some point in life. Read more
I re-read this book every time I need to refresh myself with some great puns. It's such a good laugh, and the author paints this great picture with all of the neat characters and... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Autumn
Please read this book with any middle schooler. They will get into it. My son and I enjoyed it completely.Published 17 days ago by Shain Hamrick
book pages looked so old i think i saw dust mites and I was afraid to continue reading itPublished 17 days ago by Julianne Kuflik
I think this is a "love it or hate it" book, solely because of its ...unusual... topic/plot/characters. It's surreal and quirky but far more erudite than at first glance. Read morePublished 20 days ago by rubian77
Arrived in perfect condition and in a timely manner. This book will stay with you your entire life. It only gets better as you get older, too. Every human being should read it.Published 21 days ago by BadKarmaCupcake