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SUMMARY ✓ The Phantom Tollbooth Û [Reading] ➽ The Phantom Tollbooth By Norton Juster – Insolpro.co.uk Librarian's Note For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN click hereHailed as “a classic humorous full of warmth and real invention” The New Yorker this beloved story first published than f Librarian's Note For an alternLibrarian's Note For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN click hereHailed as “a classic humorous full The Phantom PDFEPUB or of warmth and real invention” The New Yorker this beloved story first published than fifty years ago introduces readers to Milo. I just finished this book with my oldest boy I've been reading a chapter or two out loud to him every night when we can manage it I never read The Phantom Tollbooth before so it had no particular nostalgic appeal to me But I'd heard about it and it was in my house somehow so I decided to give it a try Here's the short version Meh It's not awful But it wasn't great eitherOverall I found reading it to be a bit of a slog When thinking ahead to reading time at night I want to be excited It's special time with my boy But instead when I thought about this book I mostly wanted to get through with it I could start reading a different engaging book together with my boy Here's the long version Irritations 1 No plot or tension I'm fairly sure the formal term for a book like this is a picaresue It's mostly just a series of adventures and visits to interesting places There's not much of a plot And before you get all impressed that I know that term I'd like to mention that I only learned it in 2010 by listening to an interview with Neil Gaiman where he was discussing American Gods I remember thinking Huh apparently I've written a picaresue I wish I'd known that about 10 years ago Here's the thing while plot isn't the focus of a picaresue you can still tell an engaging story There's plenty of tension in American Gods There's a mystery and action and uestions that need answering What's up with Wednesday What's going on with Shadow's wife What's happening in this small Midwestern town And there is the overarching story arc about the war between the new gods and the old gods My point is there's a lot of things going on in American Gods Many things to make you curious Many things to pull you into the story in addition to the interesting people and places that we meet through the course of the story Phantom tollbooth doesn't have that It's the story of a boy who goes places and stares around in amazement as things happen around him He and his companions for the most part don't do anything They're reactive not active and they're not particularly clever Which leads to my next gripe 2 The characters aren't that interesting If your main character's motivation is that he's bored well that's not really edge of the seat material is it Don't get me wrong I don't need an apocalypse I don't need something to blow up But we need something to provide excitement in the story The Laura Ingalls Wilder books were fucking gripping There were snowstorms and locusts and fucking bears Just getting water or going to town was an adventure in those books Charlie and the Chocolate factory is a picaresue too of a sort Every different piece of the factory is like a separate land and adventure But Charlie is interesting And Wonka is doubly so The grampa and all the other kids might be fairly simple characters but they all have personalities I just wasn't feeling the same way about the people in this book Most of them were just some clothes loosely draped around rather thin jokes 3 It's Chaffy There's a lot of what I consider Junk Dialogue in this book People talking without saying anything purposeful People arguing about nothing in particular People repeating themselves And a lot description than I was particularly interested in I know it might seem hypocritical for someone who wrote a 400000 word novel to bitch about another author's economy of phrase But the truth is I make sure every scene and sub scene in my books accomplish at least three productive things if I can manage it And let me tell you when you're reading a book out loud you can tell when it's full of pointless description and dialogue When you're reading to yourself you can skim without hardly realizing it Not so when you're reading aloud to a child Enjoyments 1 I got to experience Oot's first pun I think it was witchwhich I got to see the light go on in his head when he understood the joke That's worth a lot No Wait It was the Watchdog He's a dog with a clock in his body He also enjoyed the fact that the Watchdog could fly a little because of the expression time flies That said he didn't get about 85% of the jokes in the book They were just too abstract language wise 2 Some of the concepts were fun and clever I'm willing to admit that Oot is simply too young for this book There were jokes about multiplication in there And jokes about turns of phrase that he didn't know And puns about expressions he'd never heard But I don't think it's entirely fair to blame it on his age There was a demon in there called a Dilemma that chased people and tried to gore them on its horns You could easily be in your twenties and not know the expression on the horns of a Dilemma 3 My boy liked it well enough When I asked him he said he liked it What's he remember the events and the characters better than I did That said he never came up to me holding the book and said Let's read some Like he did with Spiderwick the Hobbit or many others So this probably counts as a pretty lukewarm endorsement from him as well So yeah Didn't love it Didn't hate it The sum total probably comes down slightly on the irritated side of indifferentMy advice This is a book that your kid probably needs to be 10 to really enjoy as it's got a lot of wordplay in it And honestly 12 might be betterEven so I can think of a lot of books that are much enjoyable with a lot less effort

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And his adventures in the Lands Beyond For Milo everything’s a bore When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do But on the other side things seem different Milo visits the Island of Conclusion. You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry After a long time this is the first children book I've read It's a good book I read this book because of its amazing cover And the fact that it's my cousin's course book She lent it to me and I read it in three sittings And loved itIt's the story of a bored child Milo who doesn't find anything interesting in the real world One day he gets Phantom Tollbooth as present which allows him to go to the Land Beyond The Land Beyond has two main and important kingdoms Dictionpolis and Digitopolis Dictionpolis is ruled by the king of words Azaz And Digitopolis is ruled by a Mathemagician Both kingdoms are at conflict because their kings are biased of their own way of communication The matters in kingdoms have become worse because of the absence of two princesses Rhyme and Reason Milo goes on the uest to save them along with his two companions a dog and a bug Words and numbers are of eual value for in the cloak of knowledge one is warp and the other weft To be honest I was expecting it to be very funny But it had one or two of such moments I loved Dictionpolis than Digitopolis In Dictionpolis one literally eats his own words LOL And in Digitopolis there is Subtraction Stew By eating this you will feel hungry than before 😅 This book contains some indirect lessons which I think is a good way to represent The scenes of Silent Valley were the best ones The way he made it un silent was incredible I think the way he rescued the princesses were little bit dull Not upto my satisfaction You can get in a lot of trouble mixing up words or just not knowing how to spell them All in all it's a good book Recommend it23rd July 2018

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The Phantom TollboothS you get there by jumping learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock and even embarks on a uest to rescue Rhyme and Reason Somewhere along the way Milo realizes something astonishing Life is far from dull In fact it’s exciting beyond his wildest dream. I am a reader and I measure my life in books and the ones that I read in my very early years were probably the most formative You can learn a lot about a person by what their childhood was like whether they played outside all the time or preferred to stay indoors whether they read or didn't whether they drew or played sports or learned instruments and languagesI for one loved words I read many books with large words in them and so I was always asking my mother what they meant or looking them up in the dictionary or trying to just guess I loved long words short words words that were fun to say I would spell them write them down sometimes just say them aloud in strings of total gibberish Even as a child I remember being amazed that I could make sounds with my mouth that other people could recognise and understand The idea that I could say the word apple which really is an odd word when you look at it long enough and that somebody else would know exactly what I was referring to was thrillingI used to play a word association game I made up where I would think of a word then think of a word associated with that word then a word associated with that word and on and on until I either tried to get back to the word I started with or tried to see how far I could deviate from my original word So a game might start with the word pencil and go from there to paper bag rag towel trowel garden green leaf tree wood paper Or I might start with pencil and go to lead bed jumping kangaroo pouch couch sofa soda bubbles This all took place in my brain and sometimes I'd just sit in my room for hours and do this I would be lying if I said I didn't still do it occasionallyI loved books too I loved the idea that somebody could put words down on paper and that I could create a world in my mind based off of those words From a young age I followed characters tried to predict plots and lived in that lovely world somewhere between reality and imagination that we call literatureAll of this boils down to the fact that to me language was a playground I'd make up words speak backwards sometimes go whole stretches of time just spelling out words instead of speaking like H E L L O space M O M comma H O W space A R E space Y O U space D O I N G uestion mark Punctuation spelling even fonts and typeface and foreign languages everything related to words was something I was fond ofAnd it all started with The Phantom TollboothWell not exactly I'd been doing a lot of this stuff even before I read the book but The Phantom Tollbooth really helped to make these ualities stick with meWhy Because I felt the way I do whenever I find a great book that I'm not alone Norton Juster through wordplay and illustrations and wit showed me that language and to an even greater extent knowledge was a wonderful thing As I read this book and travelled among the Whether Man Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason the Mathemagician and King Azaz the Unabridged as I read riddles and jokes and euations and utter nonsense and wise advice and snatches of song as I ventured with Milo and Tock into the Doldrums and the Lands Beyond to Dictionopolis and Digitopolis and up over the Mountains of Ignorance I recognised myself in all of these things and each one of them told me that I wasn't weird for loving language and reading compulsively and making up words and collecting utterly useless facts Or accurately they told me that I was weird but that there aren't enough weird people in the world who commit themselves to these things so it was okayYou can learn a lot about a person based on the books on their bookshelf whether they're pristine or worn whether they're organised or not whether they've got notes written in the margins or flowers pressed between the covers or the signatures of authors And if you were to look at my pitifully small bookshelf the rest of my books reside in two enormous stacks by my bed you would find a worn torn stained and utterly beloved copy of The Phantom Tollbooth And perhaps you would be able to tell just by looking at it that it taught me one of the most important lessons I've learned that imagination is a beautiful thing and even if you think that you're too old for things like word games and math euations and fun facts and puns and stories things in short that bring you knowledge and delight even if you think you've outgrown them Deep down they will never outgrow you