Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

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Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Lori Koonce » Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:27 pm

One of the first chapter books I can remember picking out from the library and reading for my self is Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth. It instilled in me a love of fantastic litrature that exists to this day.

As I write his, the book turns 50. In celebration Knopf has released an annotated version

For those of you who are into this kind of stuff the link below will take you to a Huffington post interview with the man who did the annotation.

http://tinyurl.com/3neo843

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Moderator » Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:51 pm

One of my favorite books. I still use the fat/thin/tall/short man, jumping to Conclusions and the Princesses of Rhyme and Reason in my everyday life.
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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Lori Koonce » Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:30 pm

I understand Barber, every time I hear the term Short Shrift, I can't help but picture a cop as tall as he is wide.

Whenever I start feeling really bad I can pick up that book and feel good about things in short order.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Ezra Lb. » Wed Oct 26, 2011 9:28 am

Some of the reviews by children on Amazon of the book are wonderful. However...

It sucked, April 5, 1999
By A Customer

This review is from: The Phantom Tollbooth (Paperback)
I read this book with my class and it sucked. First milo goes through a tollbooth that he has just found in his room one day. Now it's the 90's and if you simply find something in your room some day you call the police. you do not decide to get in a toy car and drive through it. It gets worse after that. no offence to the writer but I would not waste my time reading this book.


What you want to bet that little bastard grew up to be somebody high up in the Department of Homeland Security?
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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Chuck Messer » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:53 am

Sounds like he had all the makings of a Junior G-Man.
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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby FrankChurch » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:49 am

Lori, thanks for screwing up our 666. Heathen.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby diane bartels » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:15 am

Frank, no kidding, you are one of the most self absorbed, selfobsessed people I have ever met.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Lori Koonce » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:35 pm

Frank: Just go to the number mines, if you're a special and nice boy they wi'' give you all the 6's you want!

Diane: Don't mind Frank, he's probably the only person who will NOT get the above comment.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:07 pm

I'm an angel in pampers. Dewdrops on the leaves of Eden.

Diane, dance with me.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby diane bartels » Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:42 pm

I was also talking about Shagin Frank. She could have used a word in support that day, not just more political bs.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby FrankChurch » Sat Oct 29, 2011 2:26 pm

Ah, Shagin, she's in my prayers.

You too Big D.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Steve Evil » Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:36 am

Alas, not every kid discovers the joys of literature. Some seeds only blossom into weeds.

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Re: Happy 50th BD to The Phantom Tollbooth

Postby Lori Koonce » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:02 pm

I can only agree. I'm just glad that my parents let me decide for myself what was worth reading.


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