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By Norton Juster

Hailed as “a vintage. . . . funny, filled with heat and genuine invention” (The New Yorker), this liked story--first released greater than fifty ago--introduces readers to Milo and his adventures within the Lands Beyond. 

For Milo, everything’s a bore. whilst a tollbooth mysteriously looks in his room, he drives via basically simply because he’s obtained not anything larger to do. yet at the different part, issues look diversified. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there through jumping), learns approximately time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, or even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and cause! someplace alongside the best way, Milo realizes anything fabulous. existence is way from uninteresting. in reality, it’s interesting past his wildest desires. . . .

Features an appreciation through Maurice Sendak, award-winning writer of Where the Wild issues Are!

“I learn [The Phantom Tollbooth] first whilst i used to be ten. I nonetheless have the e-book file I wrote, which all started ‘This is the simplest booklet ever.’”—The manhattan Times

“The Phantom Tollbooth is the closest factor we need to a latest Alice in Wonderland.”—The Guardian

“The e-book lingers lengthy after turning the ultimate web page. . . . A vintage indeed.” —Los Angeles evaluate of Books

“You enjoyed the humor and adventure . . . and [now] you’ll wonder at [the book's] wit, complexity, and its realizing of ways teenagers understand the passage of time.” —Entertainment Weekly

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I frequently find,” he casually defined to his dazed viewers, “that find out how to get from one position to a different is to erase every little thing and start back. Please make your self at domestic. ” “Do you usually go back and forth that method? ” requested Milo as he glanced apparently on the unusual round room, whose 16 tiny arched home windows corresponded precisely to the 16 issues of the compass. round the whole circumference have been numbers from 0 to 3 hundred and sixty, marking the levels of the circle, and at the flooring, partitions, tables, chairs, desks, cupboards, and ceiling have been labels displaying their heights, widths, depths, and distances to and from one another. to at least one part was once a big notice pad set on an artist’s easel, and from hooks and strings hung a suite of scales, rulers, measures, weights, tapes, and all kinds of alternative units for measuring any variety of issues in each real way. “No indeed,” spoke back the Mathemagician, and this time he raised the sharpened finish of his employees, drew a skinny instantly line within the air, after which walked gracefully throughout it from one part of the room to the opposite. “Most of the time I take the shortest distance among any issues. And, in fact, whilst I could be in numerous areas at once,” he remarked, writing 7 × 1 = 7 rigorously at the observe pad, “I easily multiply. ” all of sudden there have been seven Mathemagicians status aspect by means of part, and every one appeared precisely just like the different. “How did you do this? ” gasped Milo. “There’s not anything to it,” all of them stated in refrain, “if you have got a magic employees. ” Then six of them canceled themselves out and easily disappeared. “But it’s just a giant pencil,” the Humbug objected, tapping at it along with his cane. “True enough,” agreed the Mathemagician; “but when you learn how to use it, there’s no finish to what you are able to do. ” “Can you are making issues disappear? ” requested Milo excitedly. “Why, certainly,” he acknowledged, striding over to the easel. “Just step a bit nearer and watch conscientiously. ” After demonstrating that there has been not anything up his sleeves, in his hat, or in the back of his again, he wrote fast: four + nine − 2 × sixteen + 1 ÷ three × 6 − sixty seven + eight × 2 − three + 26 − 1 ÷ 34 + three ÷ 7 + 2 − five = Then he appeared up hopefully. “Seventeen! ” shouted the computer virus, who continuously controlled to be first with the inaccurate resolution. “It all involves zero,” corrected Milo. “Precisely,” acknowledged the Mathemagician, creating a very theatrical bow, and the complete line of numbers vanished earlier than their eyes. “Now is there anything you’d prefer to see? ” “Yes, please,” acknowledged Milo. “Can you convey me the most important quantity there's? ” “I’d be delighted,” he spoke back, establishing one of many closet doorways. “We maintain it here. It took 4 miners simply to dig it out. ” within used to be the largest Milo had ever noticeable. It used to be absolutely two times as excessive because the Mathemagician. “No, that’s no longer what I mean,” objected Milo. “Can you exhibit me the longest quantity there's? ” “Surely,” stated the Mathemagician, beginning one other door. “Here it really is. It took 3 carts to hold it the following. ” inside of this closet used to be the longest conceivable.

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