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The Phantom Tollbooth

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Phantom Tollbooth
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Bullseye Books

Author: Norton Juster
Package Quantity: 1

The author is Norton Juster and it was published sometime in 1988 by Bullseye Books. The book is 272 pages long. The child's book is 7.76"H x 5.24"L x 0.67"W and weighs close to 0.45 lbs, visit the hyperlink below.

ASIN: 0394820371

Illustrated in black-and-white. This ingenious fantasy centers about Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes residence to find a massive toy tollbooth sitting in his room. He meets such characters because the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked"Which,"Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the"impossible"mission of returning two princesses for 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.

"It seems to me that practically everything can be a waste of time,"Milo laments."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. What ensues is a journey of mythic proportions, all through which Milo encounters countless odd characters who are something but dull."[T]here's nothing for me to do, nowhere I'd care to go, and hardly anything worth seeing. Since Milo has absolutely nothing far better to do, he dusts off his toy car, pays the toll, and drives through.

Norton Juster received (and continues to receive) enormous praise for this original, witty, and oftentimes hilarious novel, 1st published in 1961."Indeed. 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 more than the place, as any proper masterpiece must.

As Milo heads toward Dictionopolis he meets creating use of the Whether Man (" for following all it's more crucial to know whether or not there will possibly be weather than what the climate will be ") , passes by signifies of The Doldrums (populated by Lethargarians) , and picks up a watchdog named Tock (who has a giant alarm clock for a physique ). (Ages 8 and up) The brilliant satire and double entendre intensifies inside the Word Market, where right right 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.


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