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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 alternate Hardcover edition.
This book is a classic for older children and adults who love clever wordplay. It describes one boy's journey from everyday boredom to understanding that each day is a treasure to... Read morePublished 2 days ago by TextWriter
Came in perfect condition. I listened to it and there were no skips or problems with the recording.Published 2 days ago by Marianne Liddle
This is easily one of my favorite books from when I was a kid, and one of the few I go back to and re-read now and then as an adult. A perfect book for a grammarphile. Read morePublished 3 days ago by E. Price
It's hard to believe that I've never read this book, especially considering that it was one of my closest friends' favorite books. Anyway, she was right. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Joe Madison
SUMMARY: Milo comes home from school one day with the thoughts, "There's nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly worth seeing. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Sunshine on A Rainy Day
This book is a total delight! I will be buying a copy for my Grandson.Published 9 days ago by chrisbon
This book is great for reminding us of what is important in learning and life. Taught in a way that kids enjoy reading it but adults can too.Published 10 days ago by T. Smith