Sunday, July 05, 2009

book review: "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster

Norton Juster

Norton Juster takes you on a journey with Milo, an ordinary boy, into the Kingdom of Wisdom to rescue the Princesses of Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason from the demons residing in the Mountains of Ignorance, with the help of Tock, the ticktickticking Watchdog, the Humbug and other interesting characters he meets along the way.

A wonderfully witty story for children and adults alike who love adventure and words words words.


book review: "Humboldt's Cosmos" by Gerard Helferich

Gerard Helferich

Subtitled "Alexander von Humboldt and the Latin American Journey that Changed the Way We See the World", the book is a mix of science, history, and travel. It's amazing and inspiring to read about how much the scientists of the past, at an early age (in their 30's), were able "discover" as much as they did given the limitations of technology, transportation, and communication during their day.