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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
Paperback, 32 pages
Published on January 2, 2012 by Novel Units, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1561372900
ISBN-13: 9781561372904
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  • grindtime
    grindtimeSaturday, July 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm55 stars
    oh yeah, this is a one-of-a-kind book.
    • dragonslay
      dragonslayMonday, June 8, 2015 at 8:14 am44 stars
      awesome book with really weird creaturs and wizards and magic and set backs but it is such a good book
      • tktdancer
        tktdancerFriday, May 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm55 stars
        It is a awesome book. I love it. It makes a smile on my face. I love all the creatures.
        • suchcuteom
          suchcuteomSaturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:41 am55 stars
          • R5rocks.comMonday, March 2, 2015 at 11:05 am
            When I first started reading it at first I thought it was a little weird but as soon as it got into like the middle of the book it became interesting and a really fun book
            • sydneyblue
              sydneyblueSunday, February 1, 2015 at 7:56 am55 stars
              Why I read this book is because I have too. In class we're doing something called literature circles and a group of 5 people read a book and we have a meeting each week and talk about the book. I'm almost done it and so far it's like the best book I've ever read my whole life . It's fantasy, amazing ness and it just makes me want to keep reading to see what happens next. I truly think you should read this book, I will give you a short summary about it. There's a kid named Milo and he goes on an adventure to rescue 2 princesses named reason and rhyme. I don't want to spoil the book for you but if you want to find out what happens next,read the book, please, just kidding Byeee
              • diaz2003
                diaz2003Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:24 am
                cool book
                • adevolder
                  adevolderFriday, January 23, 2015 at 7:42 am44 stars
                  This book is really adventures.
                  • jtesar
                    jtesarTuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm33 stars
                    I kind of liked this book. It is really weird. Imagine going to a place where you have to mine for numbers. A place where letters grow on trees. A place with cities like Dictionopolis, the place of letters. Don't forget Digitopolis, the place of numbers. Everything is messed up and confusing. Enjoy.
                    • kingoftimothy
                      kingoftimothyMonday, June 23, 2014 at 10:11 pm55 stars
                      This book is about a boy named Milo who finds a mysterious package in his room. He enters a tollbooth. He goes through many different challenges and excitement. He gets permission to find Rhyme or Reason.

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