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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)
Its so punny. I read it I 3rd and 4th grade and its one of my favorite books I ha e read.Published 1 day ago by David Futey
I remember it being hard to follow when I read it at about 10, but thoroughly enjoyed it now and kept recognising names I had almost forgotten. Hugely thought provoking word fun.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I think this book is amazing. It took my imagination on an adventure that blew me away. I think every kid should read this!Published 3 days ago by Deborah Buchanan
Amazing book for adults and children alike. The play on words and clever themes cause one to wait with bated breath for the next adventure that Milo and his friends (i.e. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Lani A. Duffy
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The Phantom Tollbooth I read as an adult and loved it for its nonsense and play on words. I understand about bored children have had two of them at the time I read this. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nolen
Five things about this book:
1. A favorite classic for young, old, tall, short, thick, thin and everybody in the middle.
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