The Phantom Tollbooth
ISBN: 0394820371
EAN13: 9780394820378
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.5" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Hailed as a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention (The New Yorker), this beloved story--first published more than fifty 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. . . .

Features an appreciation by Maurice Sendak, award-winning author of Where the Wild Things Are

I read The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was ten. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'--The New York Times

The Phantom Tollbooth is the closest thing we have to a modern Alice in Wonderland.--The Guardian

The book lingers long after turning the final page. . . . A classic indeed. --Los Angeles Review of Books

You loved the humor and adventure . . . and now] you'll marvel at the book's] wit, complexity, and its understanding of how children perceive the passage of time. --Entertainment Weekly

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   Great for kids and adults alike
I read this when I was in school and remembered it a few months back so I bought a copy for my son and one for a friend’s daughter. I read it with my son and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. All the word play, silly mishaps and twists and turns keeps you engaged and laughing and thinking the whole way through. Highly recommend for anyone wanting a good thought-provoking yet humorous book.
   Thank you, Mom
I have included a photo of my copy of the book. According to the front cover, my copy cost $2.95. My mother gave me a copy of it. She used to read it to me when I was small. She died several years ago. I will never replace this book with a new one, but I have purchased it for every newborn relative I have ever had, so they all have a copy.
   A classic book enters the modern age
The Phantom Tollbooth is a favorite of mine. I used to own a print copy of the book. The animated movie of this book has also been seen by me. I'm glad I have it as an e- book. I can read the book wherever I want. The Phantom Tollbooth can be read if I use the command Alexa. I can follow along with the e- book that Amazon has. The text and illustrations in this e- book are the same as in the print copy. The Phantom Tollbooth is a video on YouTube that is read by a person. The video played for over five hours. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. He reads the entire book and does the characters voices perfectly.
   Still my favorite.
My first love is me. As long as I don't censor myself and choose another more age appropriate selection, I will still be the one to tell you what my favorite book is. This is excellent if you want philosophy to be suitable for a young mind. If you' re not above reading a children's book if you' re not a child, it's still great philosophy, mythology and word play. As a society, we need to learn what things mean. Once the rules are learned, you need to know when to break them. Not everything has to be understood. Once you discover a surface meaning, you can keep searching for the underlying meaning and learn more about yourself. Early lessons in meaning- making are what this is like. Sometimes I watch tick. They tock sometimes. It's fun!
The book does an excellent job of discussing the Two Cultures debate, and my philosophy professor made us read it. Norton Juster made a fun and clever children's book by taking a complex topic and making it fun. I was completely blown away by the symbolism. The book was full of meaning and references. I loved it.
   One of the best books ever
When I first read this book, I loved it, but I hadn't read it in a long time. I am happy that the Suck Fairy is not in this book. It is just as wonderful as it has always been. It doesn't feel dated or irrelevant because it ages well. If you' re an incorrigible punster, read this book. It's well worth it.
   For the love of language
At 10 years old, this book seemed to speak my language. When I read The Phantom Tollbooth, I still feel understood.