The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

Book - 2011
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Sep 27, 2019

Very interesting way to think about everything. I loved this book.

Sep 16, 2019

There is SO much wisdom, word play and fun in this book. Along with excellent teachings with regards to the importance of learning and using numbers and words, using time wisely, using the brain to think all intertwined with adventure and a rescue mission. An important and joyful reading experience.

Sep 13, 2019

This is one of my favourite books of all time. Each time I have read it over the past 30 years I have gotten something new out of it. A great way to teach about the joys and importance of staying curious and learning.

that_username Mar 14, 2019

Norton Juster's whimsical and clever writing style will be sure to entertain readers of all ages. A classic!

Feb 08, 2019

This book is full of really fun and satisfying wordplay!

OPL_KrisC Feb 06, 2019

A fun fantasy classic sure to delight readers of all ages.

Dec 22, 2018

I loved this book so much it is inventive and a fun read and the playful language is also fun.

Dec 18, 2018

I no longer remember who said it - but there was a quote floating around once that stated something along the lines of 'If you truly want someone to learn the value of something - you need to be able to explain it in terms that are understandable to everyone'. This book does that for "Knowledge - Rhyme and Reason". In reading it, even the most reluctant learner, will be able to see the value in learning - learning Math, English, Science - learning to look around an appreciate what is around you. Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer create a world that's easy to understand, but that's dripping with symbolism. Appropriate for any age - this book is an enjoyable ride.

Also P.S - don't expect to the movie to be anything like this. If you're a teacher thinking "Oh, there's a movie version too - perfect!" Stop. Not alike at all.

Aug 23, 2018

Along with The Thirteen Clocks, this book is one of my family's favourites, and it's as profound as it is delightfully peculiar. This is a great book to read aloud with kids, revealing spectacular wordplay and a whimsical world.

May 11, 2018

One of the best children's book, though some say it is not a children's books, I have ever read. The wordplay make you think. If you check out a 50th anniversary edition, read the commendation by a 5th grade teacher which to me explains why this book is so amazing!

May 01, 2018

Just because something is unrealistic doesn't mean it isn't good. I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book, it has a kind of Dr. Seuss feel to it.

Feb 23, 2018

Meh. Not for me.

I don't understand why everyone likes this book so much. Utterly the most boring, confusing, and unrealistic read I have added to my Completed Shelf.

Oct 27, 2017


coffeebookie Sep 29, 2017

The Phantom Tollbooth is a wonderful adventure into the Kingdom of Wisdom by a young boy named Milo. Milo is a bored, unfulfilled young boy who is whisked away through a magic tollbooth into a curious land that challenges his dull notions about learning. An incredibly entertaining read, filled with loads of wordplay and rhetorical meanings. If you like Alice in Wonderland, try The Phantom Tollbooth!

Jun 26, 2017

Whimsical story that's easily understandable for young readers but contains a wealth of word play and puns that make it that much richer. Not your average fantasy tale.

Jun 01, 2017

I like words. I like books. Words and books can speak to you as Jessica (from the book Because of Mr. Terupt) says. This book gives you something to think about. What IS more important- words or numbers? For each person it is different- but before you pick up this amazing book up put on your thinking cap- you're going to need it.

May 23, 2017

Amazing story. Although it seems to be meant for younger readers, this book speaks about problems in the world today. Adults can easily enjoy this world as well. I found this book to be extremely enlightening about a variety of topics.

ArapahoeStaff1 Mar 10, 2017

Every once in awhile, you just need a fun, quirky story with completely original characters and creatures, and The Phantom Tollbooth is just that book. It reminds me a little bit of Alice in Wonderland in the fact that a young person is transported to a magical world, meets unusual friends, and has to save the land! This book was light and fun, and well-deserving of its "classic" status!

Jan 17, 2017

Negative soup?
Author just as clever as Piers Anthony.
Book doesn't insult the audience.
Film adaption just as good.

Dec 12, 2016

A timeless classic for readers that like the silliness of Dr. Suess and Roald Dahl.

Nov 19, 2016


Oct 09, 2016

This was my favorite book for several years. It is hilarious; the puns are intelligent, not cheesy; it is an adventure any child would wish to have; and finally, it actually is educational! Anyone will love this one.

Apr 22, 2016

I recommend the Phantom Toll booth to ages 8 and up. The book was about a boy named Milo, who was always bored and suddenly gets a surprise package and he opens it and has many adventures.

When I first read this book, I thought it was, “This is the cleverest book I have ever read!” The words were structured like a spider’s web: light but strong. The author tinkered with the language to make intelligent lands and puns. He used synonyms to expand the reader’s vocabulary and used a lot of idioms in a literal and figurative fashion to make it humorous. The book conveyed a love of knowledge that I have never seen before and an imagination of a land that was very complex but so simply explained that it is hard to believe it is a work of one person and not many. I thoroughly enjoyed the humorous and twisty – turny language along with the clash of the nonsensical and absurd characters. The book has taught me that language can be playful.

I thought that the Kingdom of Wisdom is very similar to the Internet. For instance, Wisdom and the Internet, you can access all the information known to mankind. Dictionopolis is along the same lines as and because they define and give synonyms and antonyms. Continuing the analogy, Digitopolis would be the computer itself with the 0s and 1s because 0 and 1 are numbers and Digitopolis’ whole life revolves around numbers and equations. The valley of sound is parallel to the speakers, videos, and the headphone because every day, the new sounds are released to the world. The forest of sight resembles the entire screen because you see the screen. Conclusions and Ignorance has a similarity with the inaccurate websites and the demons who live in Ignorance can be equated to software bugs and viruses. So if Mr. Juster had to rewrite the book in today’s day and age, maybe Milo’s adventures would be inside the Internet. Instead of swimming in the Sea of Knowledge, Milo could surf on it!

PimaLib_Kids Mar 31, 2016

It is very fun and funny. And it plays with words in fun ways. - Avery, age 9.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

Ten year old Milo is as bored as can be until a mysterious toll booth turns up in his house. Using the toll booth, Milo travels to the "lands beyond" where he teams up with a giant watch dog named Tock, a Humbug, and a Mathemagician, all the while learning about the importance of words and numbers. The Phantom Tollbooth is an imaginative adventure that is sure to thrill readers aged 8 and up.

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