Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Phantom Tollbooth

By Norton Juster

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 dreams!

The wit in this book is simply priceless. It reminds me a lot of Ronald Dahl and I wish I would've read this as a kid. It's so cute and fun and has a great moral. Want fun with words? Take a ride with milo and go through the phantom tollbooth. You can jump to the island of Conclusions, visit the Castle in the Air, solve problems with the Mathemagician, or go on an adventure with the Humbug. Cute, cute, book. Can see why so many have loved it for years and why it got honors.

3 3/4 out of 5

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