The Phantom Tollbooth is a 1961 children's adventure novel by Norton
Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer (pictured). It tells the
story of a bored young boy named Milo, who unexpectedly receives a magic
tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, drives through
it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to the Kingdom of
Wisdom, once prosperous, now troubled. There, he acquires two faithful
companions and goes on a quest to restore to the kingdom its exiled
princesses, named Rhyme and Reason. The text is full of puns and
wordplay; many events, such as when Milo unintentionally jumps to
Conclusions (an island in Wisdom), explore the literal meanings of
idioms. A major theme of the book is a love for education. Although the
book was not expected to sell well, it received strong reviews and has
sold in excess of three million copies. It has been adapted into a film,
opera, and play, and translated into many languages. Critics have
compared its appeal to that of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland and to L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Anglo-Spanish War: The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and over
30,000 men, set sail from Lisbon for the English Channel in an attempt
to invade England.
US President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into
law, authorizing him to negotiate with Native Americans for their
removal from their ancestral homelands.
English mathematician Alan Turing introduced the Turing
machine, a basic abstract symbol-manipulating device that can simulate
the logic of any computer algorithm.
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission carried out five
underground nuclear tests, becoming the seventh country in the world to
successfully develop and publicly test nuclear weapons.
A train derailment and collision in the Paschim Medinipur
district of West Bengal, India, caused the deaths of at least 141
Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. Having a similar texture to a fox’s tail; brushlike, bushy.
2. Of the countryside: having thick vegetation, taller than grass but
shorter than trees; having abundant brush; shrubby.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
The facts will eventually test all our theories, and they form,
after all, the only impartial jury to which we can appeal.