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© 2018 Lynn Abbott

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster made the list of childhood favorites in my home.  Perhaps, the author’s propensity to pun captivated my son.

Or maybe, like so many children’s stories, its magical and imaginative story-line appealed to both of us.  Milo’s drive through the magical tollbooth via a toy car, and then, his resulting adventures certainly deserve a place in the Annuls of popular, children’s literature.

More than that, though, the novel contains pragmatic wisdom regarding subjects such as the dangers of “jumping to conclusions.”

Undoubtedly, The Phantom Tollbooth follows the allegorical tradition of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.

Milo’s primary quest certainly suggests such a comparison: before Milo can restore the princesses—Rhyme and Reason—to their rightful places, he must conquer the Mountains of Ignorance and the demons that dwell there.

As Milo and his…

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