The Phantom Tollbooth
- Number of Pages: 272
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Illustrated in black-and-white. He meets such characters as the foolish, however lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, together with the not-so-wicked"Which,"Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the"impossible"mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives by means of the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. This ingenious fantasy centers about Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes house to find a substantial toy tollbooth sitting in his room.
"It seems to me that almost every little thing is a waste of time,"Milo laments. What ensues is a journey of mythic proportions, in the course of which Milo encounters countless odd characters who are anything but dull."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 look of a tollbooth in his bedroom."[T]here's absolutely nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly anything worth seeing. Since Milo has absolutely nothing much better to do, he dusts off his toy car, pays the toll, and drives by way of.
Norton Juster received (and continues to obtain) 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 appropriate notes all over the place, as any proper masterpiece ought to."Indeed.
As Milo heads toward Dictionopolis he meets utilizing the Whether Man (" for immediately after all it's much more important to know regardless of whether there will be weather than what the climate is going to be ") , passes through The Doldrums (populated by Lethargarians) , and picks up a watchdog named Tock (who features a giant alarm clock for a physique ). (Ages 8 and up) Anyone with an appreciation for language, irony, or Alice in Wonderland-style adventure will adore this book for years on finish. The brilliant satire and double entendre intensifies inside the Word Market, exactly 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.
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