Janice writes, "A new documentary, 'The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations,' about the classic children's book is available to the public. The film by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Hannah Jayanti playfully explores the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most universally beloved children's books of our time."
One of my all-time favorite books, and they're doing DRM-free downloads.
Through interviews, animation and archival materials, 'Beyond Expectations' traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer, and the wit and wisdom of the novel over half a century. From its opening sequence, featuring actor David Hyde Pierce, the film introduces viewers to the hilarious world and deeper themes of The Phantom Tollbooth. Discover Norton Juster's word play, watch Jules Feiffer draw Tollbooth protagonist Milo, hear children's author and illustrator Eric Carle reflect on the creative process and Adam Gopnik share what makes the book a classic.
Historian Leonard Marcus, author of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, places the book -- which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 -- within a historical, cultural and literary context, while legendary Random House editorial director Jason Epstein reveals that he published the book against the judgment of others in the business who predicted the book would fail because its vocabulary was thought to be too difficult for children. In spite of these forecasts, the book triumphed, has sold some 4 million copies and been translated into 20 languages.
The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations
Studio North was commissioned to refit an old elevator shaft in a converted warehouse loft in Calgary; they built a tall, narrow library with climbable shelves whose hand- and foot-holds retract into the shelving.
Libretaxi is an open source project that lets anyone become a rideshare driver in less than a minute; it has more than 20,000 users worldwide, and is maintained by Roman Pushkin, who started the project in December 2016 and is now planning to quit his job and work on it full time.
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What could be more fun than a slingshot that shoots tiny airplanes? A slingshot that shoots tiny glowing airplanes of course! These toy planes are outfitted with ultra-bright LEDs, so you can fly all night without losing them in the trees.Whether you are a regular-sized child, or an overgrown adult one, these light-up flyers offer […]
You know the drill. You go to the dentist and they ask you how often you floss. You lie through your teeth and say, “every day!” (Bonus points if you have some cilantro or chives stuck in your gums from lunch). You don’t want to keep up the charade any longer, but rubbing that tiny strand […]
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has done outstanding work packing a fully capable desktop computer into a package the size of a deck cards—especially one that only costs $35. But if you already have a working laptop, why should you care? Oh, how much you have to learn. Besides operating well as a compact digital media hub, […]