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"It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time," Milo laments. "[T]here's nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly anything worth seeing." This bored, bored young protagonist who can't see the point to anything is knocked out of his glum humdrum by the sudden and curious appearance of a tollbooth in his bedroom. Since Milo has absolutely nothing better to do, he dusts off his toy car, pays the toll, and drives through. What ensues is a journey of mythic proportions, during which Milo encounters countless odd characters who are anything but dull.
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)
" I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'"
--Anna Quindlen, The New York Times
"A classic... Humorous, full of warmth and real invention."
--The New Yorker
A classic. Every kid should read this. Then watch the movie too. Fun stuff.Published 13 hours ago by Jack Of All Trades
Remember loving the cleverness of this book when I was a kid however it fell flat on misreading. Either i wasn't in the mood for wordplay or it was seriously terrible. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sara Fires-rodgers
A like how you guys were able to explain everything and make it
Look like you had just done it in one hour
it was a very instresting book but i gotta say, all the stories have the main character go to land of some sort.... and i would like to see a twist.Published 8 days ago by April L Tokryman
Think "Alice in Wonderland" in feel. BUT, add in longer-running and more coherent puns. And they come CONSTANTLY.
This book is amazing. Read more
Best children's book ever. You could read it every year and find something new. Even as an adult.Published 11 days ago by Sandy Thomas
My kids loved this story when they were small. Now their children can enjoy it tooPublished 11 days ago by totmom