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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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  • litz
    litzWednesday, June 4, 2014 at 10:33 am55 stars
    Super Great book. I would so recommend this book , since this book teaches you lessons you will remember forever. Also this book is hilarious.
    • brielle-smiles
      brielle-smilesSaturday, May 10, 2014 at 8:16 am44 starsFeatured
      This book is great if you like light adventures. Some people like really intense action/adventure books, but I like adventure books that are a bit quieter. Milo is an ordinary boy. One day he finds a box in his bedroom. The box contained a tollbooth. He put it together and used his toy car to play with it. The coin he had went into the slot of the tollbooth and...he was suddenly in a different place. He is sent on a journey to free Rhyme and Reason, the princesses and save this world from great confusion. Along the way he helps the things he meets and becomes even more acquainted with his fellow travelers, a dog/clock and a humbug. Milo is a truly great hero and you find yourdelf rooting for him all along the way.
      • foodgirl
        foodgirlSaturday, May 10, 2014 at 6:12 am55 stars
        It is about boy who thinks life is boring. He gets a phantom toll booth and have a adventure in the world of imagination.
        • tanked
          tankedSaturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm11 star
          Bad book. Very boring.
          • otter
            otterThursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:13 pm
            Milo is bored. He is always bored. Then he receives a box. He opens it, and inside is a giant toy car and a play tollbooth. Milo hops in and drives through...
            • princesspink123
              princesspink123Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm
              Great book! It is so funny. I love the world of the Phantom Tollbooth.
              • sunsa
                sunsaMonday, September 30, 2013 at 4:30 pm
                This book is a great book for people of all ages. Even though the younger ones will not understand the puns and jokes throughout Milo's delightful adventure, they will enjoy the bright and imaginative world of the Phantom Tollbooth.
                • samoa
                  samoaMonday, September 30, 2013 at 9:01 am55 stars
                  So great for readers all ages. This is just a classic.
                  • dgalloway
                    Mrs. GallowaySaturday, August 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm
                    I love reading this book with my class. I think the adventures of Milo makes everyone chuckle just a little.
                    • sassygirl
                      sassygirlTuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm44 stars
                      I wouldn't recommend this book for readers looking for a lot of excitement, and blah blah blah. I, personally, absolutely adore this book but I don't think other kids (especially teens) would.

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