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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

March 31, 2018

Once, there lived a boy named Milo who was quite bored with life. Nothing really interested Milo! Everything felt like a waste of time to him. Milo couldn’t see the point of learning anything and felt that the process of seeking knowledge was the greatest waste of time. Then one day after school, when Milo returned to his home, he was surprised to find that someone had left him an enormous package- a tollbooth. But, it was no ordinary tollbooth. It was The Phantom Tollbooth- a portal meant for little boys and girls who have plenty of time to travel to the Lands Beyond. Since, Milo was thoroughly bored with life, he decided that it wouldn’t harm him to hop into his small electric car and drive into the Lands Beyond using the Tollbooth. But, little did he know the great adventure that awaited him; an adventure that would change him forever.

Title: The Phantom Tollbooth

Author: Norton Juster

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publishing Date: 2008, First published in 1961

Pages: 256

Genre: Children’s, Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Reading The Phantom Tollbooth has been a pleasant surprise. This book is unique and innovative. Not because of the storyline or the good morals that it teaches. But, because the author presents readers with a completely unique way of looking at words, phrases, idioms and their meanings. The various components of mathematics are also represented in a completely innovative way. The end result turns out to be a very witty, humorous, and enjoyable book.


I loved the characters, especially Milo and the lovable watchdog Tock. The friendship and loyalty between Milo, Tock, and the Humbug heart-warming. The Phantom Tollbooth teaches several good morals. The writing is beautiful and there are several laugh-out-loud and that’s-so-brilliant moments in the book.

I highly recommend The Phantom Tollbooth. I am sure children and adults will enjoy it alike. The only reason I am giving this book a four star is because I found the word and number usage confusing at times. Other than that, this is a brilliant book.

♥♥♥♥—Rating: 4/5

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