Top critical review
4 people found this helpful
Toolbooth flirts with doldrums and lassitude
on March 2, 2013
For young readers and mature who relish words, and for young people just coming to deal with a more responsible world than some versions of childhood suggest, this book is a map of some of the negative feeling states we must endure. Juster unfortunately lapses into the very pedantry that he decries. This dulls the sharpness of the story. But a boy seeking his way might find this map very affirming that they aren't the only person who feels out of it at times, and it give some creative tips and perspectives for coping.