Monday, July 28, 2014

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic children’s/middle-grade fantasy novel by Norton Juster.

How have I never heard of this book until recently???

All I can say is THANK YOU to a bookish bud that told me about the GEM!!!

Have YOU heard of The Phantom Tollbooth? Have YOU read it?

Milo finds little interest in any place he’s at when he’s there or anything he’s doing when he’s doing it.

When Milo finds a tollbooth in his room one day, he decides to go ahead and drive through it in his little electric car – if only because he’s got nothing better to do and this is certainly something different.

For once, though, where he ends up doesn’t have him thinking about leaving.

Milo finds himself in a world that’s very different from his own – meeting the residents of the Doldrums, being at a market of words at Dictionopolis, taking a look over Point of View, jumping to the Island of Conclusions – and much, much more.

As he embarks on an adventure for the ages – involving a daring rescue! – Milo begins to realize…

Life can be far from dull.

Oh my gosh – The Phantom Tollbooth is AWESOME!!!

Are you a fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? I know I am. I love wordy, crafty children’s books with more beyond the fun, silly surface.

That’s what we get here!

The Phantom Tollbooth has smile-inducing cleverness, wordplay and fun writing that made this an absolute delight to read! It’s a truly inventive, creative, original fantasy – and a fantastic book to read out loud.

Among the many, many lines of wit in The Phantom Tollbooth, there is wisdom.

Here we meet a Watch Dog, the Spelling Bee, and a Humbug – among others! Love it!!

This is definitely for fans of charming, fanciful, intelligent books – no age limits here, no way no how!

The Phantom Tollbooth is a tale of paying attention, of caring and not letting time be wasted.

Like I said earlier, a GEM.

Of course, I am likely preaching to the choir here – it appears The Phantom Tollbooth is something of a classic. I was just, apparently, out of the loop.

But if you were too, well – get looped in! The Phantom Tollbooth is one of the books to be reread and savored many days to come!!!

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