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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
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Sep 13, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya, books-read-2012, favorite-reads, fantasy
Read from May 24 to August 19, 2012

What a fun read! This is right up there with Harold and the Purple Crayon on the list of books every child must read. It is not only an imaginative story, but you are exposed to moral lessons, as well as grammar and math concepts.

The plot begins with a young boy named Milo who finds life boring and tedious. He discovers a teleportational tollbooth in his bedroom, which transports him to a world where letters are served on silver platters as a delicious delicacy, and Rhyme and Reason are princesses locked away in the Castle in the Air. With the help of a dog, named Tock for the animal's oversized stop watch stomach, and a man-sized beetle named Humbug--"slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect," roared the Humbug, waving his cane furiously--Milo travels through lands--Dictionopolis, the Sea of Knowledge, the kingdom of Wisdom--possessed by creatures including Senses Taker, the Mathemagician, the Dodecahedron, and Dr. Dischord to save the world of words.

"The wind howled cruelly in an effort to tear them loose, and the fog dragged clammy fingers down their backs; but up the giddy flight they went, each one helping the others, until at last the clouds parted, the darkness fell away, and a glow of golden sunrays warmed their arrival. The castle gate swung open smoothly. They entered the great hall on a rug as soft as a snowdrift and they stood shyly waiting."

Note that throughout the book there are line illustrations that were somewhat flooky on my black-and-white Kindle, but perhaps in a print book they would look much clearer.
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