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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) -- Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Think Alice in Wonderland for the modern age. Brilliant’. The Guardian
‘The most unpredictable, the most stimulating children’s book I have read for a very long time. Words, numbers, clichés, proverbs are taken literally, imaginatively or punningly in an enthralling and very funny dazzle of mental fireworks.’ The Sunday Times
‘An altogether remarkable book, one that should delight any bright child, and that will be no burden for a parent to read aloud. Related with unflagging wit and a marvellous sense of the fun to be had with words, this book will be enjoyed by children for years to come.’ Spectator
My favourite book in Primary School, but once read now even cleverer than any child could comprehend. The Doldrums, The Kingdom lost without the Princesses Rhyme and Reason. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Toby M.
this is one of the best books i have ever read it is extremely strange but is amazing. A boy called Milo goes on a awesome adventurePublished 1 month ago by Percypuma
I'd forgotten how good this book is: the story rattles along at a great pace not allowing for even the most easily distracted of readers to get bored; Milo is a great lead... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Schmikey
One of my favourite books as a child. everyone needs to read this!Published 4 months ago by Edwin A Hogan
I liked the book because it's interesting and it helped me with my Verbal Reasoning lesson.
I thought the book was fabulous and brilliant.
Bought this book following a friend's suggestion. It would deserve to be up there with the best known classics. Very funny, intriguing and beautifully written. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Buyer
One of the finest books of its kind ever. Allegedly a children's book, but probably out of reach of children of the age shown in the illustrations, is humour is very penetrating,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by DMT