Friday, January 1, 2010

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

My son read this at school, then did an at home project on it. I was so curious by his board game that I borrowed his class copy and read it myself.

I thought it was a fun book. The title was really familiar to me, but I don't think I've ever read it. The main character's name is Milo, and he's described as a pretty boring little boy. Then one day his adventures begin.

The journey that he takes is filled with puns and literal interpretations. I think this is such a perfect match for my 10-year-old because he is full of both of those! But I didn't feel like it was too cheesy or too much. I've recommended it for book club, so I hope I'm not the only one.

I think Norman Jester is very clever, and here are a few examples.

"People who don't pay attention often get stuck in the doldrums."
(The doldrums of course being an actual place.)

In reference to words: "Remember while it is wrong to use too few, it is often far worse to use too many."
"Be very quiet because it goes without saying."(If you don't talk, then the vehicle will move forward.)

"If you only do the easy and useless jobs, you'll never have to worry about the important ones which are so difficult."

"Rhyme and Reason, without whom wisdom withered." (Just rolls off your tongue, right? Rhyme and Reason are, of course, princesses that Milo must save.)

"So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible."

This is a nice quick children's book. I thought it was a fun read and so different. I'd love to hear what you think!


Bethany said...

This has been one of my favorites since I had to read it in 6th grade. Glad you enjoyed it! (The author is Norton Juster.)

Kammy T said...

Oops! Thanks!

Wendy said...

I loved this book! I read it years ago when Hayley was in grade school and really enjoyed it. I love the clever writing. So glad you liked it too!