Group Read: The Phantom Tollbooth
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I'm not sure how much there will be to discuss in this, but I am enjoying the reread. I read this with my children about 20 years ago.
A quote I enjoyed:
"I never knew words could be so confusing." - Milo
"Only when you use a lot to say a little." - Tock
I am thinking that I need to have another daughter (no, not really) and name her Faintly Macabre. I love that name.
The quote you quoted is the first quote I underlined and noted on my reading. I thought that quote could be given to politicians and business advisors.
Just entering into the spirit of the book.
I loved the description of what the Which's job was. I picture the job as being a PR person, almost a SPIN Doctor.
The puns and wordplay are very much part of the fun for me too.
I have just finished the chapter, Humbug Volunteers.
I have passed through the appreciation of colors and sound and silence, and have narrowly escaped jumping to any conclusions.
Two names which I don't understand the author using for the characters when all the others seem so appropriate:
Another quote I like: "My goodness, everybody is so terribly sensitive about the things they know best." - Milo I would go on to say that they are also sensitive about the things they think they know best. ;)
Can't help with the other one, just don't remember what the character was about.
I thought it was an inside joke built on the double meaning. Most people nowadays probably latch onto "trivial" alone.
You can be sure I will be reading it to Tara.
My great-niece, aged 7, came to visit yesterday. Her parents are pulling their hair out because her reading and comprehension level is far beyond what might be considered age appropriate. I sent The Phantom Tollbooth home with them. Her mother sent me a message today that they have read two chapters and Emily is loving it! She says my g-niece is getting most of the word-play on her own and is tickled with it.
I feel warm and fuzzy inside, but I am lacking the book now! What a way to lose a book though. :D
I finished my reread of the book and agree that it is untouched by the Suck Fairy. The magic and humour that I remember from my childhood readings have survived. I think it deserves Classic status, and should be read alongside Alice in Wonderland for wordplay and whimsy.
My two favorite sections - the color orchestra, esp when Milo decides to give it a try, and the boy who grows down. That quote about how strange that we grow up, it means our perspective keeps changing.