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The Phantom Tollbooth

Juster, Norton, 1929- (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Phantom Tollbooth


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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provide a cure for his boredom.
Authors: Juster, Norton, 1929-
Statement of Responsibility: Norton Juster ; illustrations by Jules Feiffer ; with an appreciation by Maurice Sendak
Title: The phantom tollbooth
Publisher: New York :, Yearling,, 2005
Characteristics: 255 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.
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Report This Dec 10, 2013
  • LexiLou2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great quotation: "...if we'd told you then, you might not have gone - and, as you've discovered, so many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible."

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  • MaxArkem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite possibly one of the best books ever written. Clever, funny, beautifully paced, relaxing, insightful... aboslutely wonderful.

Many nuggets of real-world wisdom are buried within, for adults and children. You may be rushing along too quickly on Milo's imaginative adventure to consciously notice this. Which is the whole point, of course.

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • yellow_elephant_123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very creative book that teaches you life lessons. A great read!

On the Obama Christmas shopping list.

Report This May 28, 2013
  • elewep rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I think this should be required reading for every kid out there. It's entertaining while sneaking in some values in there.

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  • andreajomartin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Don't miss out on this book. Whether you're a child or an adult, it's fantastic and a "must read!"

"Milo is bored - really bored. He just can't see the point in anything, so, after he builds a tollbooth in his bedroom out of pieces that arrived in a mysterious box addressed to him, he blithely pays the toll and drives his toy car through...to an amazing and altogether unfamiliar place. Soon he's off on an adventure filled with peril, bizarre beasts, and its fair share of outright silliness, hoping to rescue twin princesses Rhyme and Reason and unite a divided kingdom. With more puns, wordplay, and over-the-top literalism than you can shake a stick at, this wondrous story is a word-lover's dream, and its fantastical world may remind you in some ways of Oz." March 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=616364

Not sure where to find it these days (youtube, maybe), but there was a made-for-TV kids movie made of this story back in the '70s. I think it was aired on Saturday morning (perhaps for the "Saturday Superstar Movie"?). I'm thinking it starred Butch Patrick ("The Munsters", "Lidsville"), but I could be wrong.

Hands down my favourite book. When I was young I owned about 5 copies of this book because I was always giving it away and trying to get other people to read it. Even now I can't stand the idea of not owning a copy and am happy to re-buy it continuously if it means more kids will enjoy it.

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Report This Mar 09, 2012
  • Natasha_Reanne rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Now you know what you must do" "I'm afraid I don't" admitted Milo feeling quite stupid. "Well," continued the watchdog impatiently,"since you got here by not thinking, in order to get out, you must start thinking." And with that he hopped into the car.

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