The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
1961, Yearling, 272 pages, paperback
This rather ordinary-looking book is a genuine treasure! It is the story of a bored little boy who has a mysterious tollbooth suddenly appear in his bedroom one day. He goes through the tollbooth, mostly because there is nothing better to do at that present moment. Well, a thoroughly entertaining adventure awaits our young friend, Milo. The novel is a romp through the lands of numbers and letters, the former ruled by the Mathemagician, of course! The plot is Milo's quest to rescue the princesses of Rhyme and Reason, but the fun and enjoyment is in reading about Milo's adventures along the way. This book is sure to captivate readers of all ages, from five years old to adult. It is a wonderful family read-aloud. Highly recommended.
Donated by Emmanuel Books
Reviewed by Kathie McGann
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Note from the webmaster: I just HAD to add that this is possibly my favorite children's chapter book ever. It's super fun (and funny!), engaging and true in so many ways. The background ideas and themes aren't hard to understand, but are rich and deep enough to entertain and inspire an adult. Though it could be read in early grade school (and even younger as a read-aloud) it would make a fine book for a teen discussion group (we used it as an ice breaker for our first meeting when we got our group started).
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