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Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story -first published more than fifty years ago- introduces readers to Milo 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 Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest 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 dreams. . . .
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A young boy named Milo is going about his business, more bored than you could imagine. He doesn't like school and has nothing to do. Or at least that's what it feels like. But in an exciting turn of events, he comes home one day to find a magic tollbooth in his room. He gets in his toy car, goes through the tollbooth, and finds himself in a magical place called the Lands Beyond.
The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's fantasy adventure novel written by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer, published in by Random House.
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It tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, drives through it in his toy car, transporting him to the Kingdom of Wisdom, once prosperous but now troubled. There, he acquires two faithful companions and goes on a quest to restore to the kingdom its exiled princesses—named Rhyme and Reason—from the Castle in the Air. In the process, he learns valuable lessons, finding a love of learning. The text is full of puns and wordplay, such as when Milo unintentionally jumps to Conclusions, an island in Wisdom, thus exploring the literal meanings of idioms. In , Juster had received a Ford Foundation grant for a children's book about cities. Unable to make progress on that project, he turned to writing what became The Phantom Tollbooth , his first book.
The world is a scary place, but few of its perils are as insidious as boredom. Learning how to manage monotony is a valuable, extended lesson. No matter what your age, life groans with tedium, habit and lethargy, and it's impossible to calculate how much time will be spent sliding into a mildly indifferent gloom. We're talking years, trust me. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is a masterpiece answer to ennui. Its hero, Milo, is perpetually dejected, burdened with motiveless discontent. Many classic children's stories begin with the hero bored senseless Alice drowsing through an Oxford summer, Dorothy mooching round Kansas , but Milo is so depressed that even chirpy sparrows avoid his sighs.