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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.
This book was magical and very much the next Alice in Wonderland. There was a marvelous amount of wordplay and logic play. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Alicia N.
Love the play on words and the really great lesson. Funny and a great read.Published 3 days ago by Judy Dutcher
this book is an everlasting classic. I got it on my kindle after a freind recommended it, and i loved it from the very start. worth six stars, not five!Published 4 days ago by Viladeth Saetia
I chose this book of yours because it had descriptive words interesting places and interesting names such as Rhyme and Reason so as Tock as a watch dog wanting to not waste time... Read morePublished 4 days ago by iscm#7
This is the best book ever this is the best book ever this is the best book ever this is the best book everPublished 4 days ago by Natalee
this book has wonderful descriptions and everything in the story is pure childish.(i really reccomend this book for your most inquisitive readers!Published 8 days ago by Catharine
This book is easy to read I have read it twice and will read it many times more. Get ready to see yourself and have a desire for self correctionPublished 9 days ago by INSIGHTS