Author: Norton Juster
Publisher: Bullseye Books
Release Date: 1961
Date Finished: 9 October 2010
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Challenges: 100+ Reading, Hogwarts Reading Challenge, Reading Resolutions, Young Adult Reading,
The Short and Sweet of It
Milo is a bored kid who finds no pleasure in anything until one day a special package arrives for him, a tollbooth. Once he pays his passage, he is transported to a new world where a fight between two brothers makes them imprison their sisters, Rhyme and Reason. Without Rhyme and Reason, the kingdom of Wisdom has fallen. Each brother’s kingdom thrives: Dictionopolis, where words reign supreme, and Digitolopolis, where only numbers matter. Now Milo must save Rhyme and Reason to bring Wisdom back to the kingdom.
A Bit of a Ramble
Totally awesome read. Like Gaiman/Pratchett/Adams for children. Delightfully clever and thematically important, The Phantom Tollbooth is one of my favorite reads of all time. At its core, The Phantom Tollbooth is about the quest for knowledge. Milo, and his sidekicks a watchdog and a Humbug, take this wonderfully allegorical journey that is bound to delight kids and adults alike. Go. Read it. Now.
Sarcasm (for a Readathon Mini Challenge)
Ladies and Gentlemen, readers of the more subtle, discreet, and discerning nature, hear me and my most horrid predicament. Just yesterday while perusing my local library, I came across a most offensive book. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. In this wretched book which is sure to corrupt our children, the main character Milo is a perfectly reasonable, manageable, well-behaved boy when a mysterious package arrives for him. Not having the proper and appropriate parental guidance, he opens this package and assembles the tollbooth inside by himself and begins to...I can barely write this dear readers for fear of upsetting your delicate sensibilities..he begins to IMAGINE. His indelicate role-playing leads him to a different world where he is taught all manner of unspeakable things such as the importance of wisdom and the necessity to defy authority in the face of rhyme and reason. He also finds himself in the presence of many magical beings, which as we all know, are ferocious and satanic beasts. After his adventures in this insufferable land, Milo returns home a changed boy. He is no longer content to merely lie about being perfectly undetectable which is most appropriate for a child. Instead, he now wishes to EXPLORE and PRETEND and HAVE ADVENTURES and in general be a most bothersome child. This book must be immediately banned so as not give our children any IDEAS.
The Filmic Connection
I think it would be wonderful if they turned this book into a blockbuster movie, but I see a lot of logistical problems unless it is done very very well with a big budget. There is a 1970 live action/animated film, but I can't comment on it as I have never seen it.
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