I sure do! I know them because my son read the story to me. He was in the second grade and still required to read his books aloud to me. He was still working on fluency and accuracy, so the best way to know how things were going was to listen to him read. He came early to reading and many of the more complex elements of humor were lost on him, but he loves it all the same. Here is why--it is a fantastically humorous story, he had great success reading it aloud and we did it together.
So pick up a copy of Phantom Tollbooth and share it with your kids. If they are capable of reading it to you, just lay back and enjoy the story. I will warn you, however, that you may be doing some catch up reading, as they may read even when you are not available to listen. Here are a few facts. The book was published in 1961 and written by Norton Juster. It was made into a movie in 1970. The writing is full of puns that exemplify the literal meaning of many of our English language idioms.
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If you love a back-story, you many want to pick up the annotated version published last fall. It includes interviews with the author and illustrator and illuminating excerpts from Juster's notes and drafts.