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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)
My kids loved the story. We read it in the evening a chapter or less at a time. While grasping and maintaining their attention, it challenged my 5 & 8 year old's vocabulary and... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Amazon Customer
It's a little confusing at the beginning, but when you get farther into the book you understand.Published 1 day ago by P. Sistoso
I read this (well, truly read it) for the first time as an adult and found it just delightful. This book is for anyone who loves language and letters, newness and numbers,... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Elizabeth Owl
I really like this book. It's great for someone who likes word playand understands puns and idioms.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite children's books.
I actually named my second born after the main character.
A wonderful book about the importance of learning.
One of my favorite books as a child, passing it along to my grandson!Published 8 days ago by DGrass
Book ordered was described as Condition: Used - Like New - Nearly brand new book that shows only slight signs of wear. .Attached are pictures of the book received. Read morePublished 9 days ago by jenifer kirchner