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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 text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great lessons in this book for my kids. We read it aloud! I pray that they are never Milo at the beginning but Milo at the endPublished 3 days ago by Sarita
I am an adult and reread this book I had read long ago. It is a wonderful book. I loved it.Published 4 days ago by Amazon customer
Why is this boring book a classic? What is all the fuss about? They even made it into a movie,which is just as boring! I can't believe has remained so popular for 50 years.Published 5 days ago by MaryJean
This is a children's classic that adults can also enjoy. It is clever, funny and thoughtful.Published 6 days ago by PickybutFair
A left-brained Alice in Wonderland. A creative take on life inside the human mind. A testament to the state of humanity. Beautiful, genius, and exciting! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Brittany Lewis
This book is so good and it has some of the best life lessons ever. Though it is very confusing, you'll find that it is not just for kids but it is meant for everyone.Published 11 days ago by Regan Landreth