The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition

The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition

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by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer
     
 

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It has been fifty years—and millions of readers—since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug, and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason.
Now we have a remarkable 50th anniversary edition to honor this universally adored and deeply influential novel.  This special edition will… See more details below

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It has been fifty years—and millions of readers—since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug, and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason.
Now we have a remarkable 50th anniversary edition to honor this universally adored and deeply influential novel.  This special edition will include:

   • Gorgeous packaging that features the classic original art stamped and debossed on the case with a transparent acetate jacket.
   • Brief essays from esteemed authors, educators, and artists, including Philip Pullman, Suzanne Collins, Jeanne Birdsall, Mo Willems, and several others.
   • Photos of the author and illustrator at the time of writing and today on the two-color endpapers.
   • The 35th anniversary essay by Maurice Sendak.
   • The complete text of the book.

A perfect gift for longstanding fans and lucky new readers, the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth is a book to cherish.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Review, THE NEW YORKER, October 10, 2011:
“The fifty-year birthday of a good children’s book marks a real passage, since it means that the book hasn’t been passed just from parent to child but from parent to child and on to child again. A book that has crossed that three-generation barrier has a good chance at permanence . . . [this is] an anniversary that matters.”

Review, THE ATLANTIC, October 30, 2011:
"The book is an absolute treasure to touch and to hold . . ."

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Alfred A. Knopf commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Juster and Feiffer's classic collaboration with a handsome new edition of the story of how bored Milo travels through a magic tollbooth into a world where the land of words is at war with the land of numbers due to the banishment of "Rhyme and Reason." In his quest to restore sanity, Milo encounters a gallery of bizarre (but in our world, all-too-familiar) characters such as "the Terrible Trivium" who consumes all his time in pursuing the unimportant, and "the demon of insincerity," who wails, "I don't mean what I say, I don't mean what I do, and I don't mean what I am." In addition to an existing introduction from Juster explaining how he came to write the book and a 1996 tribute to the book from Maurice Sendak, this edition contains nine new appreciations from luminaries in the field of children's literature, such as star authors Jeanne Birdsall, Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman, and Mo Willems, as well as Harvard Law School Professor Martha Minow. Perhaps the most moving tributes are from scholar Maria Nikolajeva, who describes what it was like to read the book as a subversive text in the former Soviet Union, and from veteran teacher Bev Walnoha, who built her fifth-grade curriculum around The Phantom Tollbooth for over thirty years. Juster and Feiffer's classic has aged well—indeed, it has not aged at all, its satire feeling as uncannily apt now as fifty years ago. This celebration of its half-century birthday is well deserved. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375869037
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Edition description:
Anniversary
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
95,197
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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