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review 2017-07-07 15:49
Long overdue + Anniversary
The Phantom Tollbooth - Jules Feiffer,Norton Juster

"...the most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between..."

 

There were several lines from The Phantom Tollbooth that I could have chosen to start this blog post but this one really stuck with me. It might come as a surprise for you to learn that this was the first time I had read Norton Juster's classic work for children. It has been on my TRL for years and I finally knuckled down and checked out a copy. I'm glad that I did because it was just what I needed. For those who haven't been initiated, The Phantom Tollbooth is the story of a little boy named Milo who seems to make his way through the world with a listless, bored attitude...until a mysterious package appears in his bedroom. What happens next is a pun lovers' dream. (If you're a fan of grammar and word play then this is the book for you.) Milo goes on an adventure which will totally change the way he looks at the world. This is the perfect book to create lifelong learners because it's all about critical thinking. (I realize that I'm making this sound like homework but I swear it's fun educational learning.)

 

A/N: Today marks 6 years that I've been posting my book reviews online. I can't believe that something that started as a fun little side project has turned into my second job (albeit unpaid). I feel very proud of how far I've come and I am very much looking forward to the future (and all of those books!). Thanks to those who have been around from the beginning and those just now discovering me (hello!). I hope that in some small way I've helped you to find your next great read and somewhat brightened your day.  Here's to the next 6 years! :-D

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-06-02 11:24
2nd June 2017
The Phantom Tollbooth - Jules Feiffer,Norton Juster

So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.

 

Norton Juster

 

Happy 88th birthday, Norton Juster! The author and architect met his neighbor, Jules Feiffer, when he was taking out the trash. That serendipitous meeting led to The Phantom Tollbooth, with Juster's story and Feiffer's drawings.

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review 2017-05-21 13:55
About lesson books
The Phantom Tollbooth - Jules Feiffer,Norton Juster

I ended up liking it. It took two tries, but I did. I actually enjoyed the cleverness of it the first time around too. I just got bored. I think It was because it is didactic.

As a child, I used to despise books that used stories only to carry a message or lesson (I hated morality fables with a passion), and even today I mistrust them. I'm not saying a story can't carry meaning, but I don't like it when it's crammed down my throat. The manifesto the author didn't dare to write straight, and hid inside his book, distracts me from the story I'm trying to read.

To compare:

In a Handmaid's Tale, the story shows the horror. It tells you nothing about what you ought to think, but boy, do you end up filled with thoughts.

What I found in this book is an adventure constructed around a message. It was, like I said before, cleverly done, and the winks and nudges where plentiful, mostly fun, take-that types, some a bit disturbing. The magic padding is pretty good, but the scaffolding structure is evident and makes it an uncomfortable read for me because it pulls me out of my suspension of disbelief to consider this bit of insight the author is eager to foster on me.

 

Closer compare: Two of Michael Ende's: "Momo", and "Neverending Story". Both are built around a message too, but they succeed (the second more than the first) because you can pretty much disregard all the deeper stuff if you just wish to gobble up the tale. Neverending is one of my all time favorites, and book I've re-read over half a dozen times through my life, always finding new things, and that my favorite chapter changed as I grew too.

 

So, maybe a kid would like this book, but not a kid as I was.

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text 2017-05-21 07:20
Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 272 pages.
The Phantom Tollbooth - Jules Feiffer,Norton Juster

ADD much?

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text 2016-11-18 04:30
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 272 pages.
The Phantom Tollbooth - Jules Feiffer,Norton Juster

I'm having serious trouble finishing this one. It's pretty clever and punny, yet I can't listen over five minutes without becoming drowzy. It's putting me to sleep like no bussiness, and I keep backtracking to the last bit I remember making sense. Maybe I should try the text instead?

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