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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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Mar 21, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s-books
Read in March, 2008

I feel ashamed as a children's librarian to admit that this is my first reading of this glorious tale. I wish a librarian would have placed this in my hands as a child-- I would have loved it, along with my Roald Dahl and Beverly Cleary.
I think Jasper Fforde's books are the grown up versions of The Phantom Tollbooth. Read this, people. It's witty, silly, and utterly relevant in a disturbing way.
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Misha Here's a great Norton Juster story. My friend Drew was working the front desk at the Jeffrey Amherst Bookshop in MA (I worked in the back in textbooks, so sadly I missed this). Norton Juster walked in and Drew said, "The Phantom Tollbooth was my favorite book when I was a kid." Juster replied dryly, "Why isn't it your favorite book now?"

My other favorite piece of Amherst literary lore--this same friend used to steal the money and poems left at Emily Dickinson's grave. Such a bad boy!

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