The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

Book - 2011 | Fiftieth anniversary edition.
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It has been fifty years--and millions of readers--since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug, and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason.
Now we have a remarkable 50th anniversary edition to honor this universally adored and deeply influential novel.  This special edition will include:

   * Gorgeous packaging that features the classic original art stamped and debossed on the case with a transparent acetate jacket.
   * Brief essays from esteemed authors, educators, and artists, including Philip Pullman, Suzanne Collins, Jeanne Birdsall, Mo Willems, and several others.
   * Photos of the author and illustrator at the time of writing and today on the two-color endpapers.
   * The 35th anniversary essay by Maurice Sendak.
   * The complete text of the book.

A perfect gift for longstanding fans and lucky new readers, the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth is a book to cherish.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2011]
Edition: Fiftieth anniversary edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780375869037
Branch Call Number: J FIC Juste 2011
Characteristics: xv, 9-279 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Feiffer, Jules


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May 11, 2018

One of the best children's book, though some say it is not a children's book, I have ever read. The wordplay make you think. If you check out a 50th anniversary edition, read the commendation by a 5th grade teacher which to me explains why this book is so amazing!

May 01, 2018

Just because something is unrealistic doesn't mean it isn't good. I was pleasantly surprised when I read this book, it has a kind of Dr. Seuss feel to it.

Feb 23, 2018

Meh. Not for me.

I don't understand why everyone likes this book so much. Utterly the most boring, confusing, and unrealistic read I have added to my Completed Shelf.

Oct 27, 2017


coffeebookie Sep 29, 2017

The Phantom Tollbooth is a wonderful adventure into the Kingdom of Wisdom by a young boy named Milo. Milo is a bored, unfulfilled young boy who is whisked away through a magic tollbooth into a curious land that challenges his dull notions about learning. An incredibly entertaining read, filled with loads of wordplay and rhetorical meanings. If you like Alice in Wonderland, try The Phantom Tollbooth!

Jun 26, 2017

Whimsical story that's easily understandable for young readers but contains a wealth of word play and puns that make it that much richer. Not your average fantasy tale.

Jun 01, 2017

I like words. I like books. Words and books can speak to you as Jessica (from the book Because of Mr. Terupt) says. This book gives you something to think about. What IS more important- words or numbers? For each person it is different- but before you pick up this amazing book up put on your thinking cap- you're going to need it.

May 23, 2017

Amazing story. Although it seems to be meant for younger readers, this book speaks about problems in the world today. Adults can easily enjoy this world as well. I found this book to be extremely enlightening about a variety of topics.

ArapahoeKelsey Mar 10, 2017

Every once in awhile, you just need a fun, quirky story with completely original characters and creatures, and The Phantom Tollbooth is just that book. It reminds me a little bit of Alice in Wonderland in the fact that a young person is transported to a magical world, meets unusual friends, and has to save the land! This book was light and fun, and well-deserving of its "classic" status!

Jan 17, 2017

Negative soup?
Author just as clever as Piers Anthony.
Book doesn't insult the audience.
Film adaption just as good.

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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.

Dec 12, 2016

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

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?"

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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