Happy Birthday, Norton Juster!
It’s Norton Juster’s 86th birthday today (June 2, 1929), and to celebrate, we’re making a special offer! The Arrow for his novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, is:
HALF PRICE through May 3rd at Midnight EDT! ($4.95)
OFFER HAS EXPIRED
The Phantom Tollbooth is an amazing book not just for its Lewis Carroll-like puns, wordplay, double entendre, satire, and wit, but also for its lovable—and relatable—hero. Milo, along with his faithful watchdog, Tock, and their acquaintance, the Humbug, embark on a quest to rescue the Princesses of Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason.
In case you haven’t yet read this gem of a story, here are some quotes to whet your appetite:
I’m the Whether Man, not the Weather Man, for after all it’s more important to know whether there will be weather than what the weather will be.
Whether or not you find your own way, you’re bound to find some way. If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it’s quite rusty.
Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. … And it’s much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.
Norton Juster said the following about his story:
It’s all about looking at things in a new way. There’s a wonderful old “Peanuts” cartoon that sort of embodies this. … Well, Charlie Brown and Lucy were talking about poetry. And in the next little box in the comic strip, Charlie Brown asks, “But how do you know what it means?” In the last box she says, “Someone tells you.” And it’s absolutely perfect.
So, let Norton Juster “tell you what it means” and take advantage of our special offer today!
Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Phantom Tollbooth (affiliate link).
The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.