Monday, November 28, 2011

Marsh in On the Same Page with The Phantom Tollbooth

I'm On the Same Page and I'm ready to tell you all about The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.  To find out how YOU can get On the Same Page with me and Emiline, please visit our friends at Little Shop of Stories by clicking the link above.

My Review of The Phantom Tollbooth:

     Milo never has anything to do; he's always bored. He has a lot of time on his hands.  One day, a turnpike tollbooth appears in his room and there is a note on it.  It says the rules for using the tollbooth and there is a sign that says to have your destination in your mind.  Milo unfolds the map and chooses a place called Dictionopolis.  
     Milo hops into his electric automobile and heads to Dictionopolis.  He drives through a place called Expectations and then gets stuck in the Doldrums. (The Doldrums is a place where nothing happens or changes.)  He meets a watch dog named Tock that watches over the Doldrums.  Milo asks if  Tock can help him find his way out.  Tock says Milo must know why he got there and Milo says it was because he was not thinking. 

     Tock agrees to help Milo get to Dictionopolis where they take on a quest to return Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason, the peace makers between the kings of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis.  Milo and Tock also meet one of their companions called the Humbug when they arrive in Dictionopolis.  They visit the island of Conclusions (you jump to it) and they also visit Digitopolis were they meet The Math Magician.

     Can Milo and his companions rescue Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason?

     The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster was a fantastic book.  It was very engaging.  I probably would have never picked up this book if it were not for all of my good friends at Little Shop of Stories.  There is a program there called On The Same Page and everyone is reading the same book at the same time.

I give The Phantom Tollbooth 5 monsters.

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