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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 has always been a favorite book, and David Hyde Pierce does a wonderful job of bringing it to life. Also love the interview with the author!Published 4 days ago by Cindy B
This is the best book in the world it is a play on words and it is a great way to teach the reading parts and the mathematical parts.Published 6 days ago by Meredith Hall
For my daughter to read with her class.She is in 5th grade and said it was very boring...Published 7 days ago by Dulcie
5 stars to this book I read this book in class before and I loved it I would recommend this book to a all the other children on the worldPublished 9 days ago by By: Kamille Grubbs
I never read this as a kid--wish I had. I really enjoyed it as an adult, thinking that it is the kind of book that should be read to a kid, then the kid should read it for... Read morePublished 9 days ago by RMH
This book is something that I had to read for school and we did reports on it buy its a good book and has lots of word play and you have to know it or it will fly right over your... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Yawytrai D Henry-Walker
Fantastic story for young and old. I read it to my 2nd grader, and he laughed and laughed. It kept him on the edge of his seat throughout the entire book. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Kim