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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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The Phantom Tollbooth (original 1961; edition 1989)

by Norton Juster (Author), Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)

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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
Member:AmCorKragujevac
Title:The Phantom Tollbooth
Authors:Norton Juster (Author)
Other authors:Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
Info:Random House (1961), Edition: Reissue, 288 pages
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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)

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i loved the messaging in this, and the word play (over and over, and in all the different ways) but i found the story kind of annoying. my kid loved it, though. i did have to explain a lot of the things he was doing with words and themes so he'd really understand it all. overall this was pretty fun. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Mar 21, 2021 |
This is one of my favourite read-alouds. I love to read it when the children are just beginning to get old enough to catch all the puns and commentary. ( )
  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
Reread with kids as their lit assignment for Y4, weeks 24 and 25. ( )
  mullinstreetzoo | Feb 12, 2021 |
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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
My favorite childhood book. I still have it, all these years later. ( )
  A2Seamster | Jan 13, 2021 |
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» Add other authors (4 possible)

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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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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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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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.

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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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