February 28, 2016

Random Stranger Leaves A Beautiful Note In A Copy Of Norton Juster's Classic Children's Book "The Phantom Tollbooth"

This beautiful story will provide you with yet another great reason why you should buy your books from used bookstores. A father was overjoyed upon seeing a hand-written note tucked under the pages of a children's book he just bought. The book in question is The Phantom Tollbooth, a classic adventure novel written by Norton Juster and illustrated by the very talented Jules Feiffer. The book was first published in 1961 by Random House.

Here's what the hand-written note said: "Dear reader, you're about to embark on a great adventure, one that has delighted people for decades. For me, The Phantom Tollbooth was the book that taught me how to think creatively, how to be curious, and how important whimsy can be. One of my favorite quotes comes from this book (you'll find it on page 19), and its many memorable characters spring to my mind whenever someone uses a phrase like "The Doldrums", "Killing Time", " or "Rhyme and Reason" (I had Jane Austen on my mind). Enjoy this book as much as I have. Happy reading."

The father who bought the book for his five-year-old daughter posted the note on Reddit. He said: "Found this in a used copy of The Phantom Tollbooth that I just bought. Thanks random stranger! My daughter is so pumped to read it now!"
The book was also adapted into a full-feature film in 1970. It starred Butch Patrick, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Candy Candido, Hans Conried, and June Foray.

Other books by Norton Juster:
1) The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
2) Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys
3) Stark Naked: A Paranomastic Odyssey
4) So Sweet to Labor: Rural Women in America 1865-1895
5) Otter Nonsense
6) As: A Surfeit of Similes
7) A Woman's Place: Yesterday's Women in Rural America
8) The Hello, Goodbye Window
9) Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie
10) The Odious Ogre
11) Neville