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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is a fantastic delve into a fantasy realm that will entertain people of all ages.

Bored at home, Milo is surprised to find a package addressed just to him. After opening and assembling the object, he finds a car and a tollbooth with specific instructions.

When he loses his concentration, Milo finds himself in the Doldrums. Once he gets back on track, he travels to many other fascinating places, like the Valley of Sound, the Forest of Sight, and the Foothills of Confusion. Along the way he meets many curious characters and even teams up with two residents of the strange land: Tock and Humbug.

By employing turn of phrase and taking word literally, the author creates an incredible world that will fascinate many readers. The author also uses synesthetic descriptions, the cross-over of senses, for amazing imagery that makes music colorful and letters flavorful.

This trek into unknown lands was a pure delight for me. I know many readers have enjoyed it before me, and I hope many will continue to do so.

Recommended Reads:
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

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