The Phantom Tollbooth (Hardcover)

Author: Juster, Norton

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This tale of 10-year-old Milo and his experiences in the "Lands Beyond" has become a modern-day children's classic.


Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780881036961
SKU 30932978
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 088103696X
Release Date 9/29/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.5L x 1T
Author Info
Norton Juster
Norton Juster is best known for THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH, which was published in 1961 and was later made into a feature film starring Butch Patrick, TV's Eddie Munster. An architect by trade, Juster graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and won a Fulbright fellowship, which allowed him to study at the University of Liverpool.
"A delightful, fanciful allegory brimming with imagination."
"Lucid, humorous, full of warmth and real invention."
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Annotation When a bored boy named Milo receives a mysterious gift of a turnpike tollbooth, he discovers that he is able to enter a magical world. He soon finds himself traveling through such strange lands as Dictionopolis, the Island of Conclusions, and the Mountains of Ignorance, all to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason, and to help end the war between words and numbers. Illustrated with b&w line drawings.
First Line There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself--not just sometimes, but always.
Annotation 2 A war between words and numbers sets the stage for this classic fantasy novel, which author Norton Juster says he created in order to help readers uncover "the joy of discovering that learning can be fun." One day a disaffected boy named Milo receives a mysterious gift of a turnpike tollbooth--through which he is able to enter the magical world of The Lands Beyond. Once there, he is caught up in the battle between two warring brothers--King Azaz of the Kingdom of Dictionopolis, the city of words, and the Mathemagician of the Kingdom of Digitopolis, the city of numbers. The brothers have been engaged in a years-long feud over the superiority of numbers vs. words. In fact, the last thing they agreed on was that their adopted sisters, the Princess Rhyme and the Princess Reason, should be banished to the Castle in the Air because they declared that words and numbers are equally important. Since that time, The Lands Beyond have been in chaos. Now it is up to Milo and his newfound friends, Tock the Watchdog and the Humbug, to return Rhyme and Reason to The Lands Beyond. But before they can, they must deal with such obstacles as the awful DYNNE, the Everpresent Wordsnatcher, and the Terrible Trivium. Illustrated with B&W drawings created by celebrated cartoonist (and Juster's onetime neighbor) Jules Feiffer.
Editors Note A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 10
Number of Pages 0255
Publisher Turtleback Books

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