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The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition by [Juster, Norton]
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The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition Kindle Edition

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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 7 - 9 Grade Level: 2 - 4
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"It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time," Milo laments. "[T]here's nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly anything worth seeing." This bored, bored young protagonist who can't see the point to anything is knocked out of his glum humdrum by the sudden and curious appearance of a tollbooth in his bedroom. Since Milo has absolutely nothing better to do, he dusts off his toy car, pays the toll, and drives through. What ensues is a journey of mythic proportions, during which Milo encounters countless odd characters who are anything but dull.

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)

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Review, THE NEW YORKER, October 10, 2011:
“The fifty-year birthday of a good children’s book marks a real passage, since it means that the book hasn’t been passed just from parent to child but from parent to child and on to child again. A book that has crossed that three-generation barrier has a good chance at permanence . . . [this is] an anniversary that matters.”

Review, THE ATLANTIC, October 30, 2011:
"The book is an absolute treasure to touch and to hold . . ."

Product details

  • File Size: 18727 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0394820371
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Anniversary edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JN1CWY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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