The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

Book - 1964
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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1964, c1961.
ISBN: 9780394821993
0394821998
Characteristics: 255 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.

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ArapahoePatrick Jul 27, 2020

A fun adventure into a strange world of education.

ArapahoeBrian Jul 19, 2020

I first fell in love with this playful allegory when I was 6 or 8 and my grandfather read it out loud to me. Since then, I've read it over and over, at least 20 times total, and every single time I find some new clever thing I've never noticed before. It remains one of my favorite books of all time.

The Phantom Tollbooth tells the story of Milo, a boy who is bored despite a room full of diversions, and his trip through a magical tollbooth to the fantastic Kingdom of Wisdom, where he gets involved in a quest to restore the land by returning the banished princesses Rhyme and Reason. Along the way, he meets a Which, gets stuck in the Doldrums, and visits the island of Conclusions (most often reached by jumping). Overall, the book is a fun adventure which tells the story of Milo discovering his curiosity and love of learning.

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NB_Books
Jul 16, 2020

I think I hate this book because it reminds me of school.

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LadyKatka
May 30, 2020

"So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible."

This book reminds me of Alice in Wonderland in the sense that a kid goes to a strange land, meets some outlandish characters, and has a bunch of things happen that are just bonkers. There are so many puns that you really need to have a mastery of the English language to get the jokes, references, homonyms, and synonyms. It is fun but also eye-rolling, which I suppose is what a pun is meant to be really.

It is a fun story and a quick read.

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DanThePizzaMan
Dec 19, 2019

My favorite book growing up. It has a wonderful sense of humor and whimsical magic about it, and the illustrations are amazing as well!

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Monarch_47
Sep 27, 2019

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

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shanmac66
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!

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zoeythekat
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.

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Monarch_47
Sep 27, 2019

Monarch_47 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

OPL_KrisC Feb 06, 2019

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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BiblioBrietta
Jan 14, 2019

BiblioBrietta thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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blue_dog_8171
Jan 08, 2019

blue_dog_8171 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 13

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Vasanthi_0
May 30, 2018

Vasanthi_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

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StormStrike12
Oct 27, 2017

StormStrike12 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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orange_dog_3105
Jun 01, 2017

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Dragonrat703
May 23, 2017

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red_cobra_341
Jul 23, 2015

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BiblioBrietta
Jan 14, 2019

But it's not just learning that's important. It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn at all that maters.

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BiblioBrietta
Aug 23, 2018

If you want sense, you'll have to make it yourself

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KCLSadultDVD
Jul 25, 2018

subtraction soup

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orange_dog_3105
Jun 02, 2017

“Besides," explained the second, “one word is as good as another— so why not use them all?”
“Then you don't have to chose which one is right.” advised the third.

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e_south
Dec 12, 2016

“Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.”

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Bubbles_101
Oct 30, 2016

"Step right up, step right up - fancy , best-quality words right here '', announced one man in a booming voice. "Step right up - ah, what can I do for you, little boy? How about a nice bagful of pronouns - or maybe you'd like our special assortment of names?"

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Bubbles_101
Oct 30, 2016

"I AM KAKOFONOUS A. DISCHORD, DOCTOR OF DISSONANCE", roared the man, and, as he spoke, several small explosions and a grinding crash were heard.

PollyFossey Oct 21, 2014

"...many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."

PollyFossey Oct 21, 2014

"But there is so much to learn," he said, with a thoughtful frown.

"Yes, that's true," admitted Rhyme; "but it's not just learning things that's important, It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things at all that matters."

Natasha_Reanne Mar 09, 2012

"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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