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Norton Juster

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King Azaz & the Mathemagician, Chapter 19 o many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible. Sources: NPR, The New Yorker, Scholastic Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Wordplay Clever uses of names and words emphasize the delight of language. Puns Double meanings of words show the humor in ordinary things. Literary Devices Humor Comic characters and situations highlight the fun of learning. Imprisoned daughters of the king of Wisdom; believe in the importance of all learning Rhyme & Reason Overbearing, braggart beetle and useless guide to Milo; tries too hard to impress people Humbug Literal watchdog; helps Milo make the most of time and rescue Rhyme and Reason Tock Bored despite having everything he could ever want; learns to appreciate the world Milo Main Characters Like his main character, Milo, Juster felt a need to escape the doldrums when he was growing up. Thus, his books are filled with humor, wordplay, and puns of his own invention. According to Juster, he wrote The Phantom Tollbooth while procrastinating on an assignment for a children’s NORTON JUSTERBORN 1929 Author A perpetually bored boy named Milo learns there’s a lot to discover if you only open your eyes and mind. When a magic tollbooth appears in his room, he travels through it into the lands of words, numbers, sounds, and rhyme and reason in pursuit of knowledge. The Road to Learning & Discovery THEMES Through learning and knowledge, Milo sees the wonder of the real world. Knowledge & Learning A magical adventure to places unknown alters and changes perceptions of reality. Fantasy Enriches Reality The solution to boredom is pushing yourself beyond your expectations. Boredom English Original Language 1961 Year Published Norton Juster Author The PhantomTollbooth Fantasy Children’s Literature

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