Phantom Tollbooth by Juster Norton

Genre: Children's fiction
Subject: imagination
Setting: Dictionapolis, Kingdom of Wisdom
Main Characters: Milo, Tock, Humbug, Mathemagician, Senses Taker, Rhye, Reason, Alec Bings
Series: no
Dates Read: February 16 - February 16
Number of pages: 256
Off the Shelf (pre-2012)? Source?: yes, audio stockpile
Category for 12 in 12 challenge: Lunch, Speech Class

Milo arrives home to find a box with a tollbooth that once put together transports him to the fantasy land of the Kingdom of Wisdom. Here his adventures begin where Milo learns of the actuality of words and numbers.

His companions include a WATCHdog named TOCK - get it? and Humbug. His adventures, while searching for Rhyme and Reason (the missing princesses), take him to places where he attends a banquet where he eats words, a land where no sound is permitted except within the castle of the Guardian of Sound, and the Island of Conclusions that is reached by jumping (get that one too?).

How many of us have met Procrastination, Insincerity, and Fear as well as the Mountains of Ignorance? What a delightful way to teach children of these issues.

Many thanks to TUTU and others here at LT that told me about this book many months ago. I'm glad I finally got around to reading it.

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