The Phantom Tollbooth
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The Phantom Tollbooth

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Hailed as a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention (The New Yorker), this beloved story--first published more than fifty ago--introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond.

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. . . .

I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was ten. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.' --The New York Times

The Phantom Tollbooth is the closest thing we have to a modern Alice in Wonderland. --The Guardian

The book lingers long after turning the final page. . . . A classic indeed. --Los Angeles Review of Books

You loved the humor and adventure . . . and [now] you'll marvel at [the book's] wit, complexity, and its understanding of how children perceive the passage of time. --Entertainment Weekly
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 129 x 149 x 28mm | 142g
  • Listening Library
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1984887017
  • 9781984887016
  • 1,363,741

Review quote

I read The Phantom Tollbooth first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'-Anna Quindlen, The New York Times

A classic--Humorous, full of warmth and real invention.-The New Yorker

"The Phantom Tollbooth is the closest thing we have to a modern Alice in Wonderland."--The Guardian

"The book lingers long after turning the final page. . . . A classic indeed." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"You loved the humor and adventure . . . and [now] you'll marvel at [the book's] wit, complexity, and its understanding of how children perceive the passage of time." --Entertainment Weekly
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About Norton Juster

Norton Juster is an architect and planner 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 film. The Phantom Tollbooth has been a beloved classic since it was published over fifty years ago, and on that anniversary was celebrated with the publication of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth, which explores the history and creative journey behind the book. An amateur cook and professional eater, Norton Juster lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Rating details

271,605 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 48% (131,101)
4 30% (80,205)
3 15% (40,284)
2 5% (12,585)
1 3% (7,430)
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