The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

eBook - 2011
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With almost 4 million copies sold over 50 years after its original publication, generations of readers have now journeyed with Milo to the Lands Beyond in this beloved classic that Philip Pullman says "comes up bright and new every time I read it . . . it will continue to charm and delight for a very long time yet. And teach us some wisdom, too." Enriched by Jules Feiffer's splendid illustrations, the wit, wisdom, and wordplay of Norton Juster's offbeat fantasy are as beguiling as ever. For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it's exciting beyond his wildest...
Publisher: 2011
ISBN: 9780375985294
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Jun 30, 2020

Profound in the lightest way.

May 30, 2020

"So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible."

This book reminds me of Alice in Wonderland in the sense that a kid goes to a strange land, meets some outlandish characters, and has a bunch of things happen that are just bonkers. There are so many puns that you really need to have a mastery of the English language to get the jokes, references, homonyms, and synonyms. It is fun but also eye-rolling, which I suppose is what a pun is meant to be really.

It is a fun story and a quick read.

Dec 19, 2019

My favorite book growing up. It has a wonderful sense of humor and whimsical magic about it, and the illustrations are amazing as well!

Sep 27, 2019

Very interesting way to think about everything. I loved this book.

Sep 13, 2019

This is one of my favourite books of all time. Each time I have read it over the past 30 years I have gotten something new out of it. A great way to teach about the joys and importance of staying curious and learning.

that_username Mar 14, 2019

Norton Juster's whimsical and clever writing style will be sure to entertain readers of all ages. A classic!

Feb 08, 2019

This book is full of really fun and satisfying wordplay!

OPL_KrisC Feb 06, 2019

A fun fantasy classic sure to delight readers of all ages.

Dec 22, 2018

I loved this book so much it is inventive and a fun read and the playful language is also fun.

Dec 18, 2018

I no longer remember who said it - but there was a quote floating around once that stated something along the lines of 'If you truly want someone to learn the value of something - you need to be able to explain it in terms that are understandable to everyone'. This book does that for "Knowledge - Rhyme and Reason". In reading it, even the most reluctant learner, will be able to see the value in learning - learning Math, English, Science - learning to look around an appreciate what is around you. Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer create a world that's easy to understand, but that's dripping with symbolism. Appropriate for any age - this book is an enjoyable ride.

Also P.S - don't expect to the movie to be anything like this. If you're a teacher thinking "Oh, there's a movie version too - perfect!" Stop. Not alike at all.

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Sep 27, 2019

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Jan 14, 2019

But it's not just learning that's important. It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn at all that maters.

Aug 23, 2018

If you want sense, you'll have to make it yourself

Jul 25, 2018

subtraction soup

Jun 02, 2017

“Besides," explained the second, “one word is as good as another— so why not use them all?”
“Then you don't have to chose which one is right.” advised the third.

Dec 12, 2016

“Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.”

Oct 30, 2016

"Step right up, step right up - fancy , best-quality words right here '', announced one man in a booming voice. "Step right up - ah, what can I do for you, little boy? How about a nice bagful of pronouns - or maybe you'd like our special assortment of names?"

Oct 30, 2016

"I AM KAKOFONOUS A. DISCHORD, DOCTOR OF DISSONANCE", roared the man, and, as he spoke, several small explosions and a grinding crash were heard.

PollyFossey Oct 21, 2014

"...many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."

PollyFossey Oct 21, 2014

"But there is so much to learn," he said, with a thoughtful frown.

"Yes, that's true," admitted Rhyme; "but it's not just learning things that's important, It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things at all that matters."

Natasha_Reanne Mar 09, 2012

"Now you know what you must do"
"I'm afraid I don't" admitted Milo feeling quite stupid.
"Well," continued the watchdog impatiently,"since you got here by not thinking, in order to get out, you must start thinking." And with that he hopped into the car.


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