From Goodreads: Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story -first published more than fifty years ago- introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond.
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 even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . .
My Review: I first read this book in high school many years ago. At the time I thought it was a really stupid book and decided I hated it as it made no sense to me then. However, many years later, and after some life experience behind me I decided to re-read it. I was really glad that I did! This book is now one of my all time favourites. I tend to read it now at least once a year. It’s funny and an easy and quick read. The humour of this book comes from the fact that the story revolves around a boy who experiences things like ‘eating his own words’, trying to work out how to get off the ‘island of conclusions’ and many other things. Reading this book through adult eyes really makes a difference and leaves the reader with a new appreciation for the hilarity that can be found in the English language. It’s well worth a read.
Recommended for: All ages really although adults may find it even more hilarious than younger readers.