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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.
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg is a great book for children. We recommend it for middle schoolers. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Abigail D. Sophia G. Harrison S. Aaron B.
I love this book because it has a unique ending. I recommend this book to people who like funny stories that are kind of like Raul Dahl. Read morePublished 2 days ago by A. Disparte
I am in my late sixties, and had never heard of this book before. A friend of mine (who also had never heard of it) rated it pretty highly, so I decided to purchase. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Richard W Tyira
It was so full of nonsense and phrases that we use twisted in imaginative ways. I just loved this book!Published 11 days ago by K. Colasanti
This is a delightful book, for any age. I use it in my class, and to read for pleasure. So many connections between math, social studies and literature to be made!Published 11 days ago by RainbowViking
I first read this in like 5th grade and I had always liked it but couldn't remember what it was. I finally found it and as good as it was, it wasn't as good as I remembered it. Read morePublished 13 days ago by James Smith