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The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition
The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition | Norton Juster
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. From the Hardcover edition.
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A pick, but honestly I wish the whole thing had taken place in Dictionopolis 🤣

Addison_Reads Still one of my favorites after all these years. 💚 3d
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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"But I wouldn't worry too much about it, for you can swim all day in the sea of knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do."

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brit91 LoL! I love this!😂🤣 1w
wanderinglynn 😂 Sad but true. 1w
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RestlessFickleBookHoarder
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I am really enjoying the wordplay in this book. Thanks to the #littens that encouraged me to read it!

Avidreader25 One of my favorites growing up! 2w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Avidreader25 I hate that it wasn't even on my radar growing up! 😔 2w
AlaMich Isn‘t it fun??❤️ 2w
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batsy I read it as an adult, too! Such an enjoyable read. 2w
Avidreader25 @RestlessFickleBookHoarder At least you‘ve discovered it now! 1w
Daisey I didn‘t read it until this last year, and honestly I think I enjoyed the wordplay more than I would have as a kid. 1w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Avidreader25 @Daisey this is a better way at looking at my delay in finding this book 😁 1w
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Decision made.

LibrarianRyan Love this book. 2w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @LibrarianRyan I'm really looking forward to reading it. 2w
Clare-Dragonfly Excellent choice. 2w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder @Clare-Dragonfly there's a note of appreciation from Maurice Sendak. That's all I've managed to read so far but it's gotten me excited for the actual book! 2w
MayaB1226 Awesome!! I hope you like it! 2w
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Daisey
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“You must never feel badly about making mistakes," explained Reason quietly, "as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

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Daisey
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Somehow I had never read this children's classic until the play was included in our newest literature textbooks for 6th grade. Love this quote! ?

"Words and numbers are of equal value, for, in the cloak of knowledge, one is warp and the other woof. It is no more important to count the sands than it is to name the stars."

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Clwojick
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My collection of childhood favourites ♥️

My most cherished books are Mr. Popper‘s Penguins, The Phantom Tollbooth, The BFG, and all of my Robert Munsch books📚 #BookishWeekend

bookish_wookish Fear Street and Christopher Pike! ❤️ 3mo
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Clwojick
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The 10 books that made their way home with me today. I was thrilled to find some newer ones on the shelf, but I was easily the most excited to finally have my own copy of one of my childhood favourites, The Phantom Tollbooth. I reread it for the #ThrowbackReadathon I cohosted with @monalyisha and I loved it just as much as I had as a child. This was SUCH a great day!♥️

Now to go peel off those darn stickers 😤

rretzler I loved The Phantom Tollbooth! I remember it being a class read in 4th grade. I then didn‘t read it for another 30+ years until I read it to my sons. I‘m probably due for a reread! 3mo
Kamisha Phantom Tollbooth will always be one of my favorites! ❤️ 3mo
monalyisha I *still* haven‘t read anything by Backman! 🙈 3mo
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TheRomantiCate The Phantom Tollbooth legit changed my life... it‘s absolutely incredible!! The copy I currently have is my brother‘s copy that I stole 😜 my siblings and I loved this book so much that we used to act it out all the time... even my sister, who was a toddler at the time loved to “play Phantom Tollbooth” 🤩🤩🤩 glad to find others that love it too ❤️ 3mo
Clwojick @TheRomantiCate ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
RadicalReader @Clwojick a wonderful book I highly enjoyed and strongly recommend is 3mo
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Christinak
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“What a terrible #mess,” observed the Humbug, with his knack for saying exactly the wrong thing. #QuotsyApr19

Rachel.Rencher This is my absolute favorite children's book ❤❤❤ 3mo
Daisey I‘ve never read this book, but I just read the play with my 6th graders. We really enjoyed it, so now I need to track down a copy of the book. 3mo
Amiable LOVE THIS BOOK 😍😍 3mo
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SofiaRoselli
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This fantasy novel is perfect for an independent reading book in the classroom. For milo, everything‘s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he‘s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason!

SofiaRoselli The website I found for this book provides a preview of the book, standards, lesson plans, and resources for educators. The lesson plan provided gives an activity where students use a diagram to aid in identifying concepts and seeing relationships which covers ESOL strategy 30. UDL strategy 3.2 is also used because the diagrams helps to highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships. #lae3414sp19 (edited) 4mo
SofiaRoselli www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/finding-figurative-language-phantom-79.html?tab=4#tabs
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Shaneyney
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One of my all time favorite books. I‘ve read it so many times I‘ve practically memorized it, but I‘ m curios about how the audio version turned out

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mydearwatson
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From the intro by Maurice Sendak...23 years ago.

rretzler Wow! I want a new copy just for this intro! 3mo
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Pickpick

Such a cute book! I really wish I had picked this up when I was small. Such imagination and a kid could really get carried away with it.

Carolyn11215 One of my fave books as a kid! 4mo
Schnoebs Oh man, this makes me want to pick up my annotated edition of this 😍 4mo
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Christinak
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I read this over and over when I was a kid and my copy eventually fell apart. Reading it again felt magical. I forgot how clever this book is. It is fun going back and reading favorites. I have been finding the now-me still loves the then-me favorites.

WhatWouldJaneDo This is my absolute favorite book! I've read it so many times - first out of spite when I missed a Trivial Pursuit Jr question about and then over and over again out of love. 5mo
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laur89
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#CharactersLikeAlice #WhiteRabbit

Tock was the first to come to mind!! Time is of the essence for both of these characters.

LibrarianRyan Such a great choice. 👍🏻😁🤓 5mo
Shaneyney This probably my absolute favorite book of all time! 5mo
laur89 @Shaneyney I love it! One of the few books that actually make me laugh 😁 5mo
rubyslippersreads Love this picture! Where did you find the “rubber stamp” font? 😍 5mo
laur89 @rubyslippersreads Thanks! I put it together on Pic Collage! Awesome free app for making these fun collages. 5mo
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eshchory
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A book from my childhood: frequently recommended, never read - until now....

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I have been in a reading funk and this got me out of it! As a kid I dismissed this because of the phantom in the title. More fool me! The word play and world building would have been. Up my 9 year old alley and were a lot of fun now. Yes it‘s a tad preachy and the takeaway about the importance of learning is pretty obvious but the book is none the worse for it!

tealwish Great cover!! I just read this last year. Same thing my preteen self would have been very amused by the adventure and the word play. 5mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved this book! Gahhhhh now that I'm seeing this beautiful cover I'm thinking if I shd get another copy! 5mo
GatheringBooks one of my absolute faves 5mo
SitsWithaBook A favorite of mine since my third grade teacher read it to us. A looooong time ago.😁 5mo
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My friends over at He Read She Read launched their bookish pod shortly after I launched mine, and for week two of Manuary, I welcome half of their awesome team — Curtis! In chatting about 1961 classic The Phantom Tollbooth, we journey with the apathetic Milo in a giant toy car through the zany lands of Wisdom. Curtis and I also geek out over wordplay and speculate about what the kids are doing these days. click the link in my bio to listen! 🎧

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Gennic
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Pickpick

This book was adorable! I‘ll definitely be buying it for my nephew when he‘s old enough! It had some great quotes and some thought provoking moments

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Gennic
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“You can swim all day in the sea of knowledge and still come out dry, most people do”

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Amiable
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Congrats on the milestone, @IamIamIam ! My favorite childhood book gave me a love for language, puns and witty literate humor that has lasted to this day. #26KGiveaway

IamIamIam I was so happy I read this when I was an adult but it was so fantastic!! Thanks and good luck! 7mo
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laur89
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Day 2 of #adventrecommends

A clever little book for those who appreciate wordplay. So much fun!

@emilyrose_x

Amiable I love this book so much! 😍 8mo
Andrew65 This brings back memories! 8mo
laur89 @Amiable @Andrew65 I re-read it as it was in the library of the school I teach at, and I think I appreciated it even more as an adult! 8mo
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Andrew65 @laur89 I possibly need to try it as an adult. 8mo
laur89 @Andrew65 If you need a quick little read I would definitely tell you to do that! It made me laugh and I drove my SO nuts re-reading him all the smart wordplays 🤣 8mo
Andrew65 @laur89 😂😂😂 8mo
Amiable I read it to my boys when they were younger --it's a perfect book because there are so many different layers of humor that can be appreciated by adults and kids at the same time. 8mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyNov18 Day 19: Who wouldn‘t want a #Pencil that will do anything the user asks. One of my absolute favourite books ever.

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sebrittain
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📚 Phantom tollbooth

👩‍💻 Tamora Pierce

🎬 Pride and Prejudice

🥔 Potatoes

#manicmonday #letterP @JoScho

JoScho 💜🧡💜 9mo
Guildedearlobe Phantom Tollbooth was one of my favorites as a kid. 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Omg yes Phantom Tollbooth! Why didn't I think of that! Loved that book! 9mo
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Shaneyney
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My all time favorite book ever! I‘ve read it so many times and I never get tired of it.

TheBookAddict I need to read this one again because I don‘t think I understood much of it when I read it as a kid. 9mo
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nu-bibliophile
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#friyayintro @howjessreads
1. The Phantom Tollbooth
2. Both
3. Besides reading or buying books?....well let's see🤔...Watch dvds📀, EAT!🍽, run in the morning👟, or try every new boba tea house🍵
4. Anywhere where I could have the ocean at my back porch
5. Hi everyone 🙋‍♀️❤

CouronneDhiver The ocean at the doorstep... that includes a lot of places... intriguing! 9mo
zzz My daughter and I are reading the Phantom Tollbooth together😊 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved The Phantom Tollbooth! 9mo
RadicalReader @nu-bibliophile a wonderful dvd series to watch is It‘s a Miracle it stars John Boy from Walton‘s as the host 8mo
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SpookyBoogie
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2.) Cake!
3.) Origami
4.) In Maine somewhere
6.) @1happyheathen

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scripturient
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I‘ve never read this classic so I‘m finally going in. 😊

zzz My daughter and I are reading this together 😊 11mo
AlaMich You are in for a treat!! A beloved book from my childhood. 11mo
booksandsympathy A fantastic book! I reread it a couple of years ago and loved it more as an adult. 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Psst..neither have I. One day.. 11mo
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Tex2Flo
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#auginbooks18
@bookisglee
#fictionalpet for 29
My original copy from somewhere around junior high(note the price on the cover).

Aimeesue Tock is the BEST. 10mo
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keys_on_fire
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I ❤️ Volunteers of America!! $80 worth of books for $2.85!!
Everything was half price today. Not sure why, but not complaining!

SassyPants617 I loved The Carrie Diaries! And Fangirl! Awesome haul 👌🏻 11mo
Dragon Nice haul! 😀🐉 11mo
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KerriNTurner
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Matching my outfit to my current read.

Clwojick Yesssssssss! This is my favourite ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 11mo
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Bamazin
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So many things are possible......

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Bookwomble
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I was a voracious reader as a child, but most of the books I read then were apparently forgettable, given that I have forgotten them. Not so, "The Phantom Tollbooth", with its sharp humour and clever wordplay it stayed with me over the years.

I got a copy to read to my children (I know they enjoyed it, but probably not as much as I enjoyed reading it to them) and have re-read it to myself for the pure nostalgic pleasure of doing so. ????

Bookwomble A book that should enchant both young and old - there's no need to feel any adult guilt at reading this children's book: a true classic. 11mo
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LindaMcGraw16
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Favorite book. Probably ever. Enough said.

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WhiskeyMistress
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#readingresolutions #monthofjuly Day 6: #clocks. I immediately thought of this book! ❤️⏰ #classic #childrenslit @Jess7

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JoyBlue
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Day 15: Maps, Legends, or Other Bonus Art—The Phantom Tollbooth never lets me down! #RiotGrams #MapsLegendsOtherBonusArt

SilversReviews Nice map. 13mo
Zelma One of my absolute favorites. Such a cool map! 13mo
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Purrsistently
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#riotgrams June 10th, a book that Deserves More Readers

wordslinger42 One of my favorites! 13mo
Zelma I used to adore this book. 😍 13mo
Schnoebs One of my favorite childhood books. I really need to get a copy of this because I lost mine several years ago 13mo
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Aims42 I need to re-read this, I loved it as a kid 13mo
Clare-Dragonfly My husband and MIL were just talking about how much they love this book! 13mo
dragondrool I wrote to Norton Juster as a kid. I got a handwritten letter in reply a few months later. 13mo
Purrsistently @dragondrool 🙀that is so great, please tell me you kept it?! 13mo
dragondrool @Purrsistently Of course! 13mo
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TheRomantiCate
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May 21: #ReadingResolutions #Child— this is one of those books that I just keep coming back to every couple years... it holds everything that I love about books and the imagination of childhood and the power of words! Plus it always takes me back to be a child and myself and my older brother and younger sister would act out parts from the book 🤓🤓🤓

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batsy
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#Time is an important concept in this children's classic, where we encounter Tock, an actual watchdog ⌚🐶

#maylovesclassics #litsyclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

AlaMich It is such a wonderful book!! ❤️❤️ 1y
brennahawleycraig This is one of my favorites!! 1y
batsy @AlaMich @brennahawleycraig I love it too 💙 1y
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MamaOfTrilinguists I've heard such great things about this book! What age would you recommend it for? 13mo
batsy @MamaOfTrilinguists I'm not sure, but maybe 10+ or so? Though I think advanced readers who are a big younger than that might also enjoy it... 13mo
MamaOfTrilinguists Thanks @Batsy! I know of some folks using it as a read-aloud, but I wasn't quite sure about that- it's nice to get different perspectives :) 13mo
batsy @MamaOfTrilinguists No problem :) Sometimes it's hard to tell what will work or be appropriate for young readers but as far as I can recall it's got a charming, whimsical quality & nothing dark or traumatic, so it might work as a read aloud 😁 13mo
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"Brevity is the soul of wit."

—Faintly Macabre, Official Which

Soubhiville Pretty photo! 1y
JoyBlue @Soubhiville Thank you! We commissioned my sister to paint that piece based on one of my photographs. There‘s a companion piece (blue) that she gave us as a gift many years ago. 1y
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B00kNerd746
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Great

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JoyBlue
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This Mother's Day, like last year, I wore my Phantom Tollbooth T-shirt. Last year was just for comfy fun; this year, in honor of DH's gift: a hardcover signed by both Juster & Feiffer (pictured 3rd from bottom of stack)! Squee! The existing collection included audio narrated by David Hyde Pierce (I am currently re-reading this way on occasional nights), ratty softcovers (mine & NOS's), 50th anniv, random hc, and annotated. Can you tell I'm a fan?

Bkwrm7 What a cool gift! This was one of my favorite books as a child and I remember borrowing the old VHS movie version from my library over and over again. 1y
JoyBlue @Bkwrm7 💙 You are my people! 1y
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BookishBeth
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I‘m finally getting around to reading this. It‘s so much different than what I imagined it to be. From the title I thought it would be a Nancy Drew-esque story but find it to be more like the Labyrinth.

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JSW
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... and some things never change. Half-baked ideas die hard.

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JSW
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Page 66 before we meet the first female character. And she‘s old. And a witch. Sigh. I know it‘s too much to expect from a book written in 1961, but ...

If you read out loud to your kids, do you ever change the genders or qualities of characters in old books?

JSW (She‘s actually a which.) 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Ugh! Some books just don‘t age well when viewed through modern eyes. 1y
Blueberry It's been a while but I sure I did. 1y
Jabberwocky My dad always did! He used to recite the poem Jabberwocky to us and always changed the he‘s to she‘s 1y
Smrloomis I see no problem with that. I also change British English to North American because I feel funny saying words that aren‘t common to where I‘m from. Nothing wrong with “knickers” and “ladybirds”; I just feel ridiculous saying them! 1y
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JSW
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This was never a favorite of mine as a child, but for 50 cents I‘ll give it a reread.

JSW Still not a favorite, lol. 1y
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CSeydel
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#FreakyFriday

Somehow I managed to have never read this one before! Very cute story, whimsical and silly with lots of wordplay. I‘ve heard it compared with Alice in Wonderland and I‘d say that‘s fair. It had a very Sixties vibe to it but still clever even for a modern reader.

GatheringBooks there‘s an annotated version by leonard marcus which is just exquisite 1y
Chrissyreadit @GatheringBooks that annotated one sounds good! I loved this after reading it for the first time with my kids years ago! 1y
Clwojick This is one of my favourites. 🤗 1y
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Nafiza
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A repost from Instagram. Some dreams do come true. 😊

#bookdeal #thecandleandtheflame

jwashreads Congratulations!!! That is so amazing! 1y
CoffeeCatsBooks Congratulations! 🎉📚Fantastic! 1y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Oh wow! Congratulations! 1y
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EvieBee Congratulations! 1y
AmyG Wow! Congrats!!! 1y
MarriedtoMrT Congratulations! Can‘t wait to read it! 1y
LiteraryinLititz Wow, that‘s so exciting!! Congratulations!! 1y
tinyglamour Congratulations! 1y
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