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The Phantom Tollbooth

98 Ratings: 3.7
A children's adventure novel and a modern fairy tale published in 1961, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's adventure novel and a modern fairy tale published in 1961, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. It tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth  … see full wiki

Author: Norton Juster
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Bt Bound
Date Published: October 01, 1999
14 reviews about The Phantom Tollbooth
review by . June 21, 2010
In terms of structure and basic plotline, this novel is very comparable to Lewis Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.  Both revolve around a child protagonist who makes an epic journey through an imaginary world.  Additionally, both include a cast of fantastical characters who represent to a certain degree different philosophical concepts or embody various worldviews.  However, as much as I view Alice as a classic, I've always been more …
Quick Tip by . October 07, 2010
Extensive vocabulary to stretch young readers and still an entertaining fantasy adventure for older readers
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
I read this years and years ago, but there are a ton of scenes from it that stick with me, which must mean that there's something to it!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid! Everyone should read it! :)
review by . June 27, 2010
This book was incredibly formative for my early literary years. It tells the tale of a young boy travelling through fantastical and fascinating landscapes, of time and alphabet and number. With a faithful companion and a perilous quest, this journey cannot help but engage and attract the reader. I have yet to be able to find this book again, as I'd love to read it now that I've grown up.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
An interesting read for kids. I liked it as a kid and just devoured it within days.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
I think I liked this more than my kids did.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
a great read for children
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
Such a classic!
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Probably my favorite children's book ever. I recommend it to everyone everywhere.
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Amazing!!!
review by . June 05, 2010
   When I was about ten, I read the Phantom Tollbooth for the first time. This was the first time that I can remember getting completely lost in a book. Since then, I have read it at least 50 times, and I still read it to this day. The best part of this book is the incredible imagination. The picture is so vividly painted that the reader feels like they are truly a part of the story. The language is clever and witty, and I find myself catching something new every time. I would recommend …
review by . May 18, 2009
Pros: Imaginative, Educational and Adventurous!      Cons: Difficult words and concepts for younger children.      The Bottom Line: Wonderful children's fantasy adventure      Milo is never happy where he is and is bored by just about everything! Nothing seems worth the effort to him, until one day a mysterious package arrives containing the Phantom Tollbooth (and accessories!). He enters the Kingdom of Wisdom and begins a grand adventure …
review by . October 23, 2002
I think the buildup that I got for this book was too high to allow me to enjoy it fully. Had I not read the voluminous streams of unabashed praise from r.a.b.bers (that is the rabble that inhabits rec.arts.books) as well as recommendations from my First Impressions subscribers, I might have been pleasantly surprised by this book. As it was, I read it with an uncommonly sharp critical eye, thinking "it can't be that good," and unfortunately the book wasn't able to overcome my, admitedly, unreasonable …
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