The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster wrote the cute story for children, about Milo, the boy who was bored of everything. Well, Milo goes on a fantastic journey, and he has to rescue Rhyme & Reason from demons in the Mountains of Ignorance to save the kingdom of Wisdom.

I look forward to re-reading this story with my children when they are old enough to appreciate the puns and word play that saturate the story. It was like gnomes wrote the story!

“You mean you have other words?…Well, by all means, use them. You’re certainly not doing very well with the ones you have now.” (pg 205), said the Everpresent Wordsnatcher, who is from a place called Context.

“Just as I suspected…you’re suffering from a severe lack of noise.” (pg 126) said Kakofonous A. Dischord, Doctor of Dissonance.

“On the went, higher and higher up the dizzying trail, on one side of the sheer stone walls and brutal peaks towering above them, and on the other an endless, limitless, bottomless nothing.” (pg 203).

My question…where do sounds go after they’ve been used?

In closing, remember to keep your speeches tasteful, for someday you may have to eat your words.

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One Response to “The Phantom Tollbooth”

  1. Chava Says:

    I LOVE this book! I never read it as a kid, it was one of Lim’s favorites so I read it out loud to the kidlets about four years ago — have it on the list for this spring to read again, since two weren’t quite old enough to appreciate it! The word eating scene was one of my faves!

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