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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. . . .

Features an appreciation by Maurice Sendak, award-winning author of Where the Wild Things Are!

“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
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on December 1, 1962 by Collins
ISBN-10: 0001846531
ISBN-13: 9780001846531
46 Book Reviews
  • sally0221
    sally0221over 3 years44 stars
    What a crazy play of words and words! Super poetic and very good for actually, study purposes! SUPER wide range of language! Unfortunately, don't recommend this book to beginners. This book brings you into a WORLD OF TIME!
    • Aryanover 4 years
      I think this book is wonderful amazing and exotic
      • cutebulldog
        cutebulldogalmost 5 years55 stars
        This book is about a boy that fixes two king brothership with a dog and a bettle
        • lebronjames1
          lebronjames1over 5 years55 stars
          Hello! This is a great book, I love it. This book is great, because it gives an interesting perspective on different things. Remember, the way you think about things may not be the same as somebody else. That's why I love this book! Definitely, I recommend reading it.
          • nzcoolkid
            nzcoolkidover 5 years44 stars
            Although I read this for my schoolwork, I really enjoyed reading it, as it was quite humorous and required small amounts of brain work. When Milo finds a mysterious tollbooth in his room, along with a small car, he thinks his boring life may have come to a complete stop.
            • singer116
              singer116over 5 years55 stars
              I'm not done yet, I'm only on the 32nd page, but trust me, I can tell, this book is going to be AMAZING! You may think the cover looks kinda funky, but hey, never judge a book by it's cover, right?
              • hanin
                haninover 5 years55 stars
                i like this book so much. i relly want to read it . i know that i like this book becase i saw somebody read it and say fantastic book
                • 18es
                  18esabout 6 years33 stars
                  I liked this book because it had a lot of meaning to it. I really recommend this book if you haven't read it.
                  • grindtime
                    grindtimeabout 6 years55 stars
                    oh yeah, this is a one-of-a-kind book.
                    • dragonslay
                      dragonslayover 6 years44 stars
                      awesome book with really weird creaturs and wizards and magic and set backs but it is such a good book