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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 a really good book I read it at school in class. It was amazing 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄😃😃😃😃😀😀😀😀😀😝 awesome bookPublished 14 hours 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 1 day 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 6 days ago by Joe Ant
My 10 and 12 year old children love it. Quote it often and asked me to read it too, because they thought it was so entertaining.Published 7 days ago by M.E.
A great, clever, and fun book for kids (& parents who may read it to them). Definitely, thoroughly influenced & inspired by L. Read morePublished 8 days ago by critic1x
Amazing children's book that adults will want to read over and overPublished 10 days ago by Christopher Caldwell