Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten grade-school classics for youngsters of any age

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Melissa Albert tagged ten grade-school classics you’ll never be too old to reread, including:
The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

Milo is just a terminally bored little boy when a large mystery package arrives in his bedroom, addressed “FOR MILO, WHO HAS PLENTY OF TIME.” And thus began a million children’s obsession with receiving mysterious, magical packages. He indifferently assembles his gift, a “genuine turnpike tollbooth,” gets into his miniature automobile, and soon finds himself in the punny, word-obsessed lands beyond, where he must brave the Doldrums, the Mountains of Ignorance, and other perils to save the banished princesses Rhyme and Reason and restore their ordering influence to the land.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Phantom Tollbooth is one of Molly Schoemann-McCann's five favorite books featuring fictional creatures, Rebecca Stead's favorite classic American novels for children that may be overlooked outside of the US and is a book Cristina García hopes parents will read to their kids.

--Marshal Zeringue