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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 the Hardcover edition.
Love how it has a wonderful moral behind it. I wish there was a sequel to this book. Definitely would recommend.Published 8 days ago by Ian Waddle
Was long and kinda dull, but a good book overall, though I did have some difficulties with the tilting application.Published 9 days ago by Mary E Jacobson
From my 8 year old: It was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves comedy and fantasy.Published 11 days ago by Todd Martindale
I love wordplay and whimsy - this book is full of it. This book is very underrated.Published 13 days ago by Ashley Neale
Delightful. A good one to read to your kids. It has a lot of word play which could confuse new readers.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer