Monday, June 15, 2009

Book Sharing Monday

Logan and I just finished one of my all-time favorite books from childhood. It was the first chapter book I ever read by myself, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. First published in 1961, it introduces us to a bored and apathetic little boy named Milo, and what happens after he comes home from school one day to find a package containing a mysterious tollbooth in his bedroom. Having nothing better to do, he climbs into his little toy car, unfolds the enclosed map of The Lands Beyond ("Beyond what?" Milo wonders), and drives through the booth into a magical land where he befriends the huge dog Tock and the ever-anxious Humbug. Before he knows it, he and his new companions are embarking on a dangerous and difficult quest through the Kingdom of Wisdom to save a pair of exiled princesses.
For someone like me, who loves words so much I could eat them up (and in the city of Dictionopolis, they can!), this story is a smorgasbord of clever wordplay that is great fun to read aloud with your kids. The story is just as magical as I remembered, and the illustrations by Jules Feiffer are terrific, especially the map of The Lands Beyond at the front of the book. Logan referred to it again and again to determine where exactly the action was taking place.
Highly recommended for bibliophiles of all ages.


  1. thanks for sharing your thoughts and excitement over the book. i've never heard of it. i think i may want to read that to my little man! thanks also for following my it's just my venting and ranting, but it is fun. good to "meet" you!

  2. Welcome to Book Sharing Monday! I will add your blog to the list..sorry I am a bit late (end of school and camping trip = my excuses!!).
    I see that you did NanoWrimo too!! What year??

  3. Thanks Alex! I did NanoWrimo in 2007. It was the most intense, grueling month of my life, LOL. When I wrote my 50,000th word, literally an hour before the deadline, I broke down and sobbed like a baby. Maybe one of these days I'll actually edit the damn thing....

  4. Please check out MEET ME AT THE CORNER (
    for the book reviews for kids by kids.

    There are reviews for books both old and new under the BIG APPLE BOOK CLUB. The site is free and new episodes are uploaded every two weeks.


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