The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

Book - 2011
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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©1989.
ISBN: 9780394815008
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Feiffer, Jules
Sendak, Maurice

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AMDLibrary
Sep 16, 2019

There is SO much wisdom, word play and fun in this book. Along with excellent teachings with regards to the importance of learning and using numbers and words, using time wisely, using the brain to think all intertwined with adventure and a rescue mission. An important and joyful reading experience.

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shanmac66
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!

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zoeythekat
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.

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TardisLibrarian
Dec 22, 2018

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

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LaNomada01
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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BiblioBrietta
Aug 23, 2018

Along with The Thirteen Clocks, this book is one of my family's favourites, and it's as profound as it is delightfully peculiar. This is a great book to read aloud with kids, revealing spectacular wordplay and a whimsical world.

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ghthern
May 11, 2018

One of the best children's book, though some say it is not a children's books, I have ever read. The wordplay make you think. If you check out a 50th anniversary edition, read the commendation by a 5th grade teacher which to me explains why this book is so amazing!

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green_cat_3454
May 01, 2018

Just because something is unrealistic doesn't mean it isn't good. I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book, it has a kind of Dr. Seuss feel to it.

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BiblioBrietta
Jan 14, 2019

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blue_dog_8171
Jan 08, 2019

blue_dog_8171 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 13

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Vasanthi_0
May 30, 2018

Vasanthi_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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StormStrike12
Oct 27, 2017

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Jun 01, 2017

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May 23, 2017

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Jul 23, 2015

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maryamsami
Feb 21, 2015

maryamsami thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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BiblioBrietta
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.

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BiblioBrietta
Aug 23, 2018

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

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KCLSadultDVD
Jul 25, 2018

subtraction soup

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orange_dog_3105
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.

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e_south
Dec 12, 2016

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

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Bubbles_101
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?"

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Bubbles_101
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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