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The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)

by Norton Juster

Other authors: Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
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As Brian points out, what a wonderful idea is subtraction stew, the eating of which makes one hungrier. Jules Ffeifer did the illustrations. Perfect. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
As Brian points out, what a wonderful idea is subtraction stew, the eating of which makes one hungrier. Jules Ffeifer did the illustrations. Perfect. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
As Brian points out, what a wonderful idea is subtraction stew, the eating of which makes one hungrier. Jules Ffeifer did the illustrations. Perfect. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
How did I miss reading this as a child? I'm so glad I finally got to it as an adult, by reading it to my 8 year old. It's lot of fun with lots of fun wordplay that probably entertained me more than her, while the storyline and characters kept her interested. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jun 7, 2020 |
Crazy book exploring the reasons we learn and the value of learning ( )
  AccyP | Jun 6, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Juster, Nortonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Feiffer, JulesIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dietz, NormanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grant, MelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, Diana WynneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pierce, David HydeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sendak, MauriceIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dedication
To Andy and Kenny,
who waited so patiently
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There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.
Quotations
"You must never feel badly about making mistakes," explained Reason quietly," as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons."
Well, since you got here by not thinking, it seems reasonable to expect that, in order to get out, you must start thinking.
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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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Please distinguish between this LT Work, Norton Juster's original The Phantom Tollbooth (1961), and the edition annotated by Leonard Marcus (2011). Thank you.
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The Phantom Tollbooth tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom from the castle of air, Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason. The text is full of puns, and many events, such as Milo's jump to the Island of Conclusions, exemplify literal meanings of English language idioms.
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A quite boring boy,
goes on a great adventure,
and he is changed a lot.
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