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Book 7 - The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

RHC Task #5 - A middle-grade novel

This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom...

This is a charming book full of "glorious lunatic linguistic acrobatics," as the author's friend Maurice Sendak writes in the foreword to the 25th anniversary edition. Some of the puns and antics made me groan a little, but others made me laugh out loud. I was especially tickled during one portion when some of the characters are trying to go somewhere but their conveyance will not move until everyone is quiet, because ... "it goes without saying." Younger readers will enjoy the story, while adults will appreciate the humor and word play. There is some scary action but nothing too alarming. Black and white illustrations accompany and complement the text.
Tags: fantasy, pre-teen

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