Sunday, July 31, 2016

Five top books with unlikely heroes

Brian Hastings is the creator of the video game Song of the Deep and the tie-in novel of the same title. One of his five books, for readers of most ages, with unlikely heroes, as shared at
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Norton Juster’s creative and playful use of language makes this a great one to read out loud. The subtle layers of meaning and clever puns (yes, there are such things!) throughout the journey make this a fun book to read over and over. Its hero, Milo, is bored with school and pretty much everything else as well. His journey into the strange world known as The Kingdom of Wisdom is, unbeknownst to him, actually the story of him learning to love learning. He discovers that math and language and logic can be fascinating, funny, mysterious things. And Juster’s writing is so multi-layered and entertaining that it’s just as enjoyable to read for an adult as a child.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a book Cristina GarcĂ­a hopes parents will read to their kids, and among Whitney Collins's eight best books for elementary schoolers, and Rebecca Stead's favorite classic American novels for children that may be overlooked outside of the US.

Also see SF Said's top ten unlikely heroes.

--Marshal Zeringue