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The Phantom Tollbooth 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 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

10 thoughts on “The Phantom Tollbooth

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    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, either.Overall, I found reading it to be a bit of a slog When thinking ahead to reading time at night, I want to be exci 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, either.Overall, 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 picaresque 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 picaresque I wish I d known that about 10 years ago Here s the thing, while plot isn t the focus of a picaresque, you can still tell an engaging story There s plenty of tension in American Gods There s a mystery and action and questions 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 picaresque 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 lotdescription than I was particularly interested in I know it might seem hypocritical for someone who wrote a 400,000 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 witch which 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 someLike 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 indifferent.My 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 better.Even so, I can think of a lot of books that are muchenjoyable with a lot less effort

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    JULYas part of my personal reading challenges for 2017, once a month i will be revisiting a favorite book from when i was a little bitty karen and seeing if it holds up to my fond memories and determining if i can still enjoy it as an old and crotchety karen.fingers crossed.so first things first in answer to the question does this book hold up here s what s weird i have no memory of reading this book as a kid i know i read it i remember all of jules feiffer s illustrations and i have st JULYas part of my personal reading challenges for 2017, once a month i will be revisiting a favorite book from when i was a little bitty karen and seeing if it holds up to my fond memories and determining if i can still enjoy it as an old and crotchety karen.fingers crossed.so first things first in answer to the question does this book hold up here s what s weird i have no memory of reading this book as a kid i know i read it i remember all of jules feiffer s illustrations and i have strong memories of taking it off the library shelves and adding it to my stack on a number of occasions, and i also remember it being read to me in elementary school in my AT program that s academically talented, thank you very much however, reading it for this project, it was completely unfamiliar to me i had no nostalgic shiver of recognition, nor any anticipation of what was to come the only explanation i have for this blank is that while reading this book as a child, i also witnessed an unspeakable crime, after which i was kidnapped and had my memory wiped, accounting both for the lack of memory and the simultaneously strong memory of borrowing it from the library multiple times.which is fine i have no interest in remembering unspeakable crimes, and the memory wipe allowed me to experience this book as though for the first time baby karen review adult review adults only this time, i guess this book is beyond delightful silly, yes but also genuinely funny and smart full of puns and paradoxes and wordplay and wonderland logic, butsophisticated and less loopy than wonderland it s a clever kind of humor that appeals to both kids and adults and also happens to be full of truthsyou can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry Most people do.sure, there are lots of lessons, like the importance of choosing your words with precision, and the necessity of common sense and imagination in learning, as it contributeslasting value than rote memorization, which is basically the point of this book milo is a smart enough kid, but he is bored by school, because he has no framework for applying his learningI can t see the point in learning to solve useless problems, or subtracting turnips from turnips, or knowing where Ethiopia is or how to spell Februarybut once he passes through the magical phantom tollbooth, he begins to actually apply his brain and creativity towards problem solving adventures both linguistic and numerical, meeting many crazy characters along the way, taking some on as traveling companions, like the wonderful watchdog who is a dog and a watch at once like the watchdog, the lessons milo learns revolve around the ideas of what is possible broadening his educational perspective, transcending the limited brainbox of formal education and embracing a less structured,experiential approach to learningone of the nicest things about mathematics, or anything else you might care to learn, is that many of the things which can never be, often are this is one of those revelations that can change a person, and juster reinforces it in a number of waysso many things are possible just as long as you don t know they re impossible which is a reasoning that brings to mind that alice in wonderland quote Alice laughed There s no use trying, she said one can t believe impossible things I daresay you haven t had much practice, said the Queen When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day Why, sometimes I ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast but it s a different treatment in alice, the tone is just a giggle it s silliness in a vacuum juster s take isencouraging and ultimatelyuseful as a life lesson, fostering self confidence you had the courage to try and what you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do that is not to say that this is a through and through feel good book some of the realizations are very sobering slaps But if all the roads arrive at the same place at the same time, then aren t they all the right way asked Milo Certainly not he shouted, glaring from his most upset face They re all the wrong way Just because you have a choice, it doesn t mean that any of them has to be right this is an amazing insight and i wish i DID remember this book from my childhood days, because lord knows it is a useful lesson and it s one that many adults haven t figured out of course, we ve figured out some of the other lessons the hard way You ll find, he remarked gently, that the only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that s hardly worth the effort indeed.the last thing i want to call out is this illustration of the terrible trivium, which looks like nothing less than an early version of slender man the terrible trivium is just as insidious as slender man he doesn t make kids stab their friends, but as the demon of petty tasks and worthless jobs, ogre of wasted effort, and monster of habit, he definitely brings his share of struggle to us all with his outlookIf you only do the easy and useless jobs, you ll never have to worry about the important ones which are so difficult You just won t have the time For there s always something to do to keep you from what you really should be doing which is interesting to me, because i encountered a similar philosophy recently in Arbitrary Stupid Goal, and when i read it there, i applauded it A goal that isn t too important makes you live in the moment, and still gives you a driving force This driving force is a way to get around the fact that we will all die and there is no real point to life.But with the ASG there is a point It is not such an important point that you postpone joy to achieve it It is just a decoy point that keeps you bobbing along, allowing you to find ecstasy in the small things, the unexpected, and the everyday.What happens when you reach the stupid goal Then what You just find a new ASG.i recognized and appreciated this way of thinking, completely forgotting about juster s version of it until i sat down to write this review and noticed the parallel which makes my theory about some sort of book related memory wipe implanted by hypnotic suggestion in my formative yearsor less fact so, if you haven t read this one yet, or if you have had your own memory of having read it wiped, get on it and if you have bred children, make them read it and do not let them anywhere near unspeakable crimes which should go without saying, but still.JANUARY wait till helen comesFEBRUARY the little gymnastMARCH zucchiniAPRIL something queer at the libraryMAY good bye pink pigJUNE the girl with the silver eyes shark week was so much later this year than usual that it threw me off, so i m reading this one just under the gun, and trying to finish twoshark books before the week of festivities ends YEESH

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    I don t remember much about this book, except that I loved it to pieces, and that the subtraction stew always made me really hungry.

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    My mother got this for us when I was 8 and it was first published in 1961 I still own that original edtion and it is not in great shape due to multiple readings This is as much an adult as a children s book Although I loved the story right away, it wasmeaningful as I got older and I understood all the plays on words and deeper messages Still worth rereading every decade or so as an adult, and it remains one of my favorite books It s a very witty book I m a sucker for maps, however ba My mother got this for us when I was 8 and it was first published in 1961 I still own that original edtion and it is not in great shape due to multiple readings This is as much an adult as a children s book Although I loved the story right away, it wasmeaningful as I got older and I understood all the plays on words and deeper messages Still worth rereading every decade or so as an adult, and it remains one of my favorite books It s a very witty book I m a sucker for maps, however basic, and there is a map of the pretend world written about in the inside covers of the book A very good fantasy with a very real heart

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    Anyone who has a passion for words and wordplay will enjoy reading The Phantom Tollbooth In this charming children s book, author Norton Juster takes us on an adventure with his main character Milo, a young boy who enters a chaotic place called the Kingdom of Wisdom and finds that to restore order in the kingdom, he must save the banished princesses Rhyme and Reason.When the story begins, Milo gets home one afternoon expecting to go through the same humdrum after school routine he always goes t Anyone who has a passion for words and wordplay will enjoy reading The Phantom Tollbooth In this charming children s book, author Norton Juster takes us on an adventure with his main character Milo, a young boy who enters a chaotic place called the Kingdom of Wisdom and finds that to restore order in the kingdom, he must save the banished princesses Rhyme and Reason.When the story begins, Milo gets home one afternoon expecting to go through the same humdrum after school routine he always goes through But on this particular day, he arrives home to find a tollbooth waiting to transport him to a faraway place Soon, Milo is traveling through the Kingdom of Wisdom, seeking to rescue Rhyme and Reason with the help of his companions, Tock the Watchdog and the Humbug.Along the way, Milo meets some interesting and clever characters, such as the Whether Man not to be confused with the Weather Man, for after all it simportant to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be and Kakofonous Dischord, Doctor of Dissonance, whom Milo meets on the outskirts of the Valley of Sound Page after page, Juster s clever puns and witty plays on words make his characters memorable and his storyline entertaining.On his journey, Milo travels to several places within the Kingdom of Wisdom, learning useful things along the way In Dictionopolis, for instance, he discovers the abundance of words and the importance of choosing the right word for the right occasion On his way to Digitopolis, a land ruled by numbers, Milo ends up on the Island of Conclusions There, he decides to himself, From now on, I m going to have a very good reason before I make up my mind about anything, and he learns that you can lose too much time jumping to Conclusions Armed with the knowledge he has gathered on his journey through the Kingdom, Milo finally reaches the Mountains of Ignorance, where he and his faithful companions dodge and outwit various demons and ultimately save the princesses Rhyme and Reason In the end, Milo is transported back to the present with a newfound curiosity about the world and a greater appreciation for learning.Juster s humor throughout the story is at times subtle, at times downright silly, but often clever and thought provoking, making this book an enjoyable read for young and old alike They say there s a child in all of us, and The Phantom Tollbooth truly is a children s book for all ages

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    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 languages.I, 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 look 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 languages.I, 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 thrilling.I 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 occasionally I 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 literature.All 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 question mark Punctuation, spelling, even fonts and typeface and foreign languages everything related to words was something I was fond of.And it all started with The Phantom Tollbooth.Well, 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 qualities stick with me.Why 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 equations 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 Oraccurately, 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 okay.You 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 equations 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

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    The Phantom Tollbooth is without doubt the funnest book I ve ever read Not only did I love this book as a kid, but I love it eventhe older I get.It has enough of a save the princess plot to hold your attention, a cast of Pixar like zany characters, and it s set in a world so riddled with puns it s unbelievably fun.From the way the tollbooth mysteriously arrives, to the way it takes Milo to a strange new world, to the quest he ends up on to save the princesses Rhyme and Reason, to how he The Phantom Tollbooth is without doubt the funnest book I ve ever read Not only did I love this book as a kid, but I love it eventhe older I get.It has enough of a save the princess plot to hold your attention, a cast of Pixar like zany characters, and it s set in a world so riddled with puns it s unbelievably fun.From the way the tollbooth mysteriously arrives, to the way it takes Milo to a strange new world, to the quest he ends up on to save the princesses Rhyme and Reason, to how he ultimately returns home this story never stops surprising, never stops intriguing, and definitely not for a word does it stop being fun

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    I wasn t as impressed with this book as many of my friends Perhaps that is because of my high expectations for the book or perhaps because of my preferences in writing style So those who love this book can use one of those two reasons to blow off my review However, the fact remains that I was not very interested from page to page, and if not for a commitment to a book group, I am afraid I would not have had any desire to finish it.In style the book seems to be written for a particular age gro I wasn t as impressed with this book as many of my friends Perhaps that is because of my high expectations for the book or perhaps because of my preferences in writing style So those who love this book can use one of those two reasons to blow off my review However, the fact remains that I was not very interested from page to page, and if not for a commitment to a book group, I am afraid I would not have had any desire to finish it.In style the book seems to be written for a particular age group ranging from 8 11, depending on the vocabulary and maturity of the reader And, for the preteen sense of humor, the wordplay was appropriate and would be quite funny to the intended audience However, the wordplay was really the only interesting aspect to the book, and I m tempted to say as much for the joke books my niece reads to me The plot was simple and was secondary to both the wordplay and the multiple morals of the story In fact, a new moral was introduced with every chapter some chapters containingthan one moral , and each chapter was only a few short pages long This was the main drawback to the book Not to say that morals aren t important in a work, but too many morals are detracting Introducing, then immediately leaving a moral behind decreases the likeliness that it will be remembered once the book is finished My other main problem with the book was the lack of description to help the reader enjoy the fantastical and quite creative world Juster introduces Here one moment, and there the next, the reader is left wonderingHow did Milo find his car again he was lost only a moment ago Where are they What do they see This book, whose main moral is to teach a child to notice the world around them, simply forgot to take a look around The spectacular scene with Chroma and his orchestra being the exception Overall, an interesting book, leaps and bounds above the other children s literature of Juster s contemporaries, but not my favorite

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    Reading grown up literature is excavating the human soul, the adult soul a mangled mess of contradictions and self deceptions, screwy motives and the odd self adherent logic of artistic creation But Literature capital ell is a pyrrhic battle between message and evasion one must avoid moralizing outright, must avoid overt allegory, but must never be too subtle, too veiled, lest you be resigned to snobby undergrabs and many rubbish bins The Phantom Tollbooth is a strange beast decidedly a Reading grown up literature is excavating the human soul, the adult soul a mangled mess of contradictions and self deceptions, screwy motives and the odd self adherent logic of artistic creation But Literature capital ell is a pyrrhic battle between message and evasion one must avoid moralizing outright, must avoid overt allegory, but must never be too subtle, too veiled, lest you be resigned to snobby undergrabs and many rubbish bins The Phantom Tollbooth is a strange beast decidedly accessible to children, but remains lovable to adults It s championing of the struggle against moral short cuts, boredom, and mental waste is timeless, ageless, and remains prescient, even to me a grown person 52 years after it s publication My grandmother has always said only boring people get bored I am guilty of sometimes serving this packaged wit cold when a friend laments I m bored but I think forcefully throwing this book at them would be a better remedy What is signifed in my grandmother s aphorism is that interested people are interesting, andimportantly are never idle My family paternal side is a hard working, conservative, New Englander family we don t watch much television, we read lots of books, we listen to NPR and read the Wall Street Journal, we somewhat self indulgently talk about the cultural decline in literacy and how we are not a part of it But the story of Milo is one which is both entertaining, lovable, but also cautionary By no means is Milo a bad child, a dull idler, but rather he has not found passion yet He is bored because his urban living, his deadening routine has stayed access to the bliss of potentiality The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that s hardly worth the effort. We are plagued, as a modern, urban society by the two headed monster of routine Routine comforts us, it gives us an escape into the dull and Terrible Trivium the small tasks which comfort us and distract us from important, difficult work and choices Our society is filled with spineless and indecisive people the Gelatinous Giant and those who feed us half truths, who coddle us into a mire, into a trap Monster of Insincerity they are not villains, and these flaws do not define all people, but are characteristic in turn Our weaknesses, our daemons, are our horrible defenses, our cozy citadels in the mountains of Ignorance It is not the absence of bad habits hours of dull television, bad reading or no reading that marks an individual s decline, but rather the presence, the support, of our defenses The demons of the mountains of Ignorance are impotent without our compliance, they feed on our weakness for what is easy If we allow the glittering sovereigns of Rhyme and Reason to go fugitive in their empyrean prison, we lose our grip on true happiness, we become boring, we become easily bored Thankfully, there is nothing boring in The Phantom Tollbooth its play with language is unrivaled certainly in children young adult literature, and rivals even the masters of play Joyce, Nabokov, etc in the grander schema With a dual reverence for words and numbers, rhyme and reason, and a prevailing apotheosis of time, beyond the value of currency something never to be wasted, Juster champions all forms of mental activity and cerebral play I can imagine no better way to introduce a bored student, particularly one ahead of his class, to the ever infinite vistas of imagination and invention than to hand him or her this bookIt has been a long trip, said Milo, climbing onto the couch where the princesses sat but we would have been here much sooner if I hadn t made so many mistakes I m afraid it s all my fault You must never feel badly about making mistakes, explained Reason quietly, as long as you take the trouble to learn from them For you often learnby being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons

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    RESULTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED, BUT IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED, YOUR WASTED TIME WILL BE REFUNDED That is the promise the boy Milo receives when he embarks on a hilarious adventure to rescue two princesses named Rhyme and Reason in a fantasy land beyond the Phantom Tollbooth, which he explores with a colourful bunch of characters At the beginning of the story, Milo is a bored young man who does not care much for anything, and can t see any point in learning, discarding knowledge and understandin RESULTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED, BUT IF NOT PERFECTLY SATISFIED, YOUR WASTED TIME WILL BE REFUNDED That is the promise the boy Milo receives when he embarks on a hilarious adventure to rescue two princesses named Rhyme and Reason in a fantasy land beyond the Phantom Tollbooth, which he explores with a colourful bunch of characters At the beginning of the story, Milo is a bored young man who does not care much for anything, and can t see any point in learning, discarding knowledge and understanding as quite useless During his journey into increasingly absurd adventures, however, he slowly but steadily sharpens his mind and wit, and starts thinking for himself, reflecting on different perspectives of reality The biggest midget in the world happens to be the smallest giant in the world at the same time, and Milo would not have thought of either title for the man who appears absolutely average to him In Dictionopolis and Digitopolis, he learns about the peculiarities of language and maths, and about the complexity of thought that is the basis for our means of communication.In the end, when Milo has developed into a curious, mature boy who cherishes the adventure of learning, he receives a final lesson from all the crazy characters in the story As the cheering continued, Rhyme leaned forward and touched Milo gently on the shoulder They re cheering for you, she said with a smile But I could never have done it, he objected, without everyone else s help That may be true, said Reason gravely, but you had the courage to try and what you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do That s why, said Azaz, there was one very important thing about your quest that we couldn t discuss until you returned I remember, said Milo eagerly Tell me now It was impossible, said the king, looking at the Mathemagician Completely impossible, said the Mathemagician, looking at the king Do you mean said the bug, who suddenly felt a bit faint Yes, indeed, they repeated together but if we d told you then, you might not have gone and, as you ve discovered, so many things are possible just as long as you don t know they re impossible And for the remainder of the ride Milo didn t utter a sound I read this book aloud to a Grade 7 a couple of years ago, and later, when they were in Grade 9, they told me it was still their favourite book, and one they would never have read through or understood without the joint effort of the class, as it is a story requiring a high level of language skills as well as general understanding of how to motivate learning and generate curiosity Just like Milo in the story, some students might have given up in the middle if they had not shared and cheered each other on It is not a simple mainstream, straightforward plot.One of the completely impossible tasks in the book was described by the author in an afterword He had had a conflict with his illustrator who refused to draw a required situation in the book He claimed it to be impossible The drawing was supposed to show the following Three demons, one tall and thin, the second short and fat, and the third exactly the same as the other two My students and I gave ourselves the task to create the drawing, and there were as many different results as there were participants in the activity But we solved it I m possible , we wrote underneath It is one of my favourite memories of reading with students, and I highly recommend the book to grown ups and children alike if you are not satisfied, after all, wasted time will be refunded

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