The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

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"Comes up bright and new every time I read it . . . it will continue to charm and delight for a very long time yet." --Phillip Pullman, New York Times bestselling author of His Dark Materials

With almost 5 million copies sold in the 60 years since it was published, generations of readers have journeyed with Milo to the Lands Beyond in this beloved classic.

Enriched by Jules Feiffer's splendid illustrations, the wit, wisdom, and wordplay of Norton Juster's offbeat fantasy are as beguiling as ever. For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns 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

Author: Norton Juster
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published: 08/12/1961
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.96lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.30w x 0.90d
ISBN: 9780394815008
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6.7
Point Value: 7
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 130 / Phantom Tollbooth

Award: Parents Choice Awards (Fall) (2008-Up) - Classic

Review Citation(s):
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/1996 pg. 69 - Superior,Well Above Average
New Yorker (The) 10/17/2011 pg. 30
Entertainment Weekly 11/11/2011 pg. 77
Entertainment Weekly 11/14/2014 pg. 111

About the Author
Norton Juster was an architect and planner, professor emeritus of design at Hampshire College, and the author of a number of highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning animated film. He collaborated with Sheldon Harnick on the libretto for an opera based on The Phantom Tollbooth. The musical adaptation, with a score by Arnold Black, premiered in 1995 and is performed in schools and theaters nationwide.

Jules Feiffer is the author of several books for young readers, including The Man in the Ceiling and A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears, I Lost My Bear, Bark, George, and Meanwhile.... He has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays. Mr. Feiffer lives in New York City.