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The Phantom Tollbooth
The Phantom Tollbooth
Author: Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780394820378
ISBN-10: 0394820371
Publication Date: 9/2005
Pages: 272
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 310 ratings
Publisher: Yearling
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 6
I read books out loud to my children and am going to continue as long as they will let me. My 10 year old is sophisticated enough to understand the many puns in this story while my 8 year old is not, but he still gets a lot out of it--just on a different level. The action starts right away and it hooked my kids on the very first page. I remember reading it because I had to as a kid and I did not like it, but now I am wondering why--since both my kids think it's great and I now realize it is very clever. Give it a go.
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Helpful Score: 6
A simply magnificent children's book, imaginative and thought-provoking. I read it as a child and loved it, I can read as an adult and love it as much.
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Helpful Score: 5
For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the island of Conclusions(you get there by jumping), leans about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it's exciting beyond his wildest dreams!
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Helpful Score: 4
A classic children's fantasy rated at 6.3 reading level.
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Helpful Score: 4
I remember my 5th grade teacher reading this book to me. I've never enjoyed a book more than this one. I still love it, and I'm 24 years old now. It was just so fantastic and full of adventure and fun. This should always be included in a child's reading. I like it so much, I'm going to order it, just to read it again. LoL
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I really Love this book. I remember reading it in school when I was a child and I had to reread it. Great story with a great message for both adults and kids.
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Although the book appears written for young teens the story line and "moral" of the prose is suitable and in fact most remindful of how our outlook of the world needs updating and improving. I enjoyed it very much.
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I absolutely love this book. I have loaned it to a couple friend and they liked it also. Norton Juster'S word play is funny and clever at the same time. This is a book everyone should read. Emily-16