I read books out loud to my children and am going to continue as long as they will let me. My 10 year old is sophisticated enough to understand the many puns in this story while my 8 year old is not, but he still gets a lot out of it--just on a different level. The action starts right away and it hooked my kids on the very first page. I remember reading it because I had to as a kid and I did not like it, but now I am wondering why--since both my kids think it's great and I now realize it is very clever. Give it a go.
For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the island of Conclusions(you get there by jumping), leans 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!
I remember my 5th grade teacher reading this book to me. I've never enjoyed a book more than this one. I still love it, and I'm 24 years old now. It was just so fantastic and full of adventure and fun. This should always be included in a child's reading. I like it so much, I'm going to order it, just to read it again. LoL
This book is a laugh a minute. While it is touted as a kid's book, it is great for all ages. My cousin used to read it to her sixth grade students. they loved it. My adult reading goup loved it and these women are in their 70s and world travelers. A truly wonderful book to just enjoy.
The story follows the journey of Milo, a boy bored of basically everything around him. One day he receives a mysterious package that turns out to be a tollbooth. For lack of anything better to do, he puts it together and begins to play, only to find himself driving in an entirely different world. There he meets all sort of curious creatures, from a giant watchdog (literally, a dog whose body is a watch) and a humbug the size of a person. Juster plays with words as if they were tangible objects to juggle, and continually surprises the reader by turning ordinary events into magical occurrences. This book very much exemplifies the quote (and I apologize for not naming the speaker, who slips my mind at this moment) "The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to get sharper."
I recommend this book to everyone I know. It is the perfect children's book and even as an adult I read it once a year. It's clever and funny and a lighthearted romp through Juster's very literal imagination.
I loved this book as a kid. Then I bought a copy when I was about 23 or 24 and it is about to fall apart from repeated readings over the last 5 or 6 years. It's so quirky and wonderful. It's probably in my top 3 children's books ever. All the characters are so unique and are constantly surprising the reader with their odd and surprising actions. Just beautiful!
This book is easily one of the top 3 of my favorite childhood books. An ordinary child finds himself drawn into an exciting adventure in a fantastic world. How the boy learns to appreciate what he has at home is the theme of the story. I love the humorous, suspenseful and smart tone of this utterly original tale. The word play alone is worth the read. More children's literature should appeal to kids' intelligence, like this book.
This was one of my favorite books as a young child. The plays on words and phrases will delight young and old. There is a word adventure on every page. It is magical and humorous. A must for every boookshelf, young and old! A definite must for the classroom teacher who wants an exciting read aloud!
This is absolutely the most inventive, most exciting, most intelligent children's book ever written. This book tickeled my sense of creativity and excitement for literary pursuits very early in life. Everything in this book is a word puzzle, a trickery with words. I found it fascinating when I first read it, and I still can reread it to this day and enjoy as much, if not more, as I did then.
A delightfully witty, philosophical, quick read which turns cliches on their heads and gives a reason to be interested in the world. Could be read for kids, but adults may enjoy it as a break from more rigorous reading as well. Appreciable at more than one level.
My favorite book as a kid! The fun fantasy worlds that Milo and Tock experience are wonerful! I am reading this book to my munchkin now and he loves listening to me and looking at the map and drawings as we go along. Perfect for a summer or winter break!
A wonderful book filled with lessons about life, friendship, and imagination. I read it years ago as a child, but can now fully appreciate the charming play on English idioms as a college student. I will certainly re-read this again in the future.
I read this book decades ago and succombed to its charms again. Quaint, interesting story, full of fun, intelligent word play - puns, if you must. The whole family will enjoy it. I'm glad I read it again.
A classic childrens fantasy tale that Id never heard of til recentlywritten in 1961 and full of the sort of puns and wordplay I would have loved as a youngsterwish Id known about it then.
Milo is a young boy who is disillusioned with lifewherever he is and whatever hes doing, he wishes he were somewhere else doing something different. Thoroughly bored with life is our Milo. One day he comes home to find a tollbooth in his bedroom, something hes pretty sure wasnt there before. He climbs in his little car, pays his toll and finds himself suddenly somewhere else and certainly doing something different! Consulting the map, he decides to head for Dictionopolis, but first must travel through Expectations, the doldrums and the Foothills of Confusion. Wonderful story with a very basic life lesson (that I think some people never quite learn, actually)...hilarious characters, word streams and funky illustrations as well.
I don't believe I've read a more educational book than this one. It is full of sage advice from front cover to back. For example:
"I know one thing for certain; it's much harder to tell whether you are lost than whether you were lost, for, on many occasions, where you're going is exactly where you are. On the other hand, you often find that where you've been is not at all where you should have gone, and, since it's much more difficult to find your way back from somewhere you've never left, I suggest you go there immediately and then decide."
Although the book appears written for young teens the story line and "moral" of the prose is suitable and in fact most remindful of how our outlook of the world needs updating and improving. I enjoyed it very much.
This fantasy book is whimsical and jolly, but falls short of any real substance. When a young, apathetic boy finds a mysterious toll booth in his room, he finally is forced to sit up and take notice of the wild world around him. Entering a new world, he meets many odd characters and visits many places that are somewhat laboriously named allegorically. However, any real lesson is devoid for the boy, who returns from his voyage thinking slightly better about his place in the world. It's basically, "you are really good enough if you just try" book, but for my money, Pilgrim's Progress does the fanstacial traveller tale much more cohesively and with deeper thematic truths being addressed.
I read this to my 8 year old son, we both thoroughly enjoyed the book. When the book came to a close, my son cried, he replied "that's it? Is there a sequel? I'm not ready to say goodbye to the characters or the adventure!" I have to say, I was sad to say goodbye to the characters as well!