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The Phantom Tollbooth (original 1961; edition 1988)

by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)

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Title:The Phantom Tollbooth
Authors:Norton Juster
Other authors:Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
Info:Bullseye Books (1988), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 272 pages
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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Author) (1961)

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Although it may be a hard read on one's own, the Phantom Tollbooth is a great book for students in 5th-7th grade. It follows Milo as he is taken on a quest through a different world, one filled with numbers and words, reason and rhyme. Milo, joined by the watchdog Tock, and a creature called Humbug, must journey in this fantastical world to save the Princess of Rhyme and Reason. ( )
  SimoneAlexis | Dec 11, 2014 |
Gr 3-7, Milo is bored. Not just bored today, but always. He finds his life exhaustively boring, that is until one day he finds a small blue tollbooth in his bedroom that transports him to a different land. In this land he learns about reason, rhyme, and time from a handful of interesting characters, including King Azaz, a doctor of dissonance, and a dog that has a clock for a body. From all of his learning, he finds that his life isn’t so boring after all, but will he be able to save the princesses? There are black and white illustrations dispersed throughout that aid in the storytelling of the distant lands Milo visits. Juster’s classic novel is a great gentle reader title for young high order thinkers. It’s philosophical, with each chapter being a teachable moment for Milo and the reader. While such a form of didactic writing has fallen slightly out of style, Juster’s novel is sure to still be a hit. It is also a nice novel to reference for getting readers into fantasy. Readers who like the Phantom Tollbooth might also like The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. ( )
  foresterk | Dec 7, 2014 |
This classic children's book tells the story of a bored little boy named Milo who comes home one day to find a mysterious package in his bedroom. The package turns out to be a toy tollbooth, and when he assembles it and drives through in his little electric car, he is transported to a new world. Milo visits a variety of unusual places, including the hostile cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis and the island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping). He also receives an important mission: to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason from where they are imprisoned in a castle in the air. Along the way, Milo encounters many dangers, including the land of Illusion, the Doldrums, and the demons of Ignorance. Luckily, with the help of his friends Tock and Humbug, he is finally able to rescue the princesses and restore them to the Kingdom of Wisdom. Ultimately, he learns that his "boring" life is actually more interesting than he ever imagined.

For some reason, I never read this beloved children's classic when I was growing up. If I had read it around age 7 or 8, it probably would have been one of my favorite books. But even as an adult reading it for the first time, I found a lot to enjoy and admire. I'm a sucker for puns and wordplay, and this book is chock-full of it, from the watchdog with a clock for a body to King Azaz of Dictionopolis. There's also a hint of satire, as when the Humbug explains that several family members have occupied prominent positions in history; for example, many kings have been Humbugs. The book is quite didactic, though, which I wasn't expecting. Nearly every creature and situation Milo encounters is designed to teach him (and the book's young readers) a lesson. I did find these constant "teaching moments" a little tedious, but luckily the book has a lot of whimsy to make up for them. Overall, I definitely think this is a great book for children, but if you missed it as a kid, it's not too late to enjoy it as an adult!
  christina_reads | Dec 1, 2014 |
Milo is a boy who does not spend time wisely. He is now traveling through a tollbooth. Milo is also with two of his new friends, Tock and the Humbug trying to find Ryme and Reason so he can get home ( )
  tesia.rose3 | Nov 12, 2014 |
The best. An absolute classic! ( )
  lisamunro | Oct 27, 2014 |
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Juster, NortonAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Feiffer, JulesIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Dietz, NormanNarratorsecondary 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.
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"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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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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0394820371, Paperback)

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

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