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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
39 Book Reviews
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  • 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.
    • emmaSunday, October 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm
      i haven't read it but i am looking forward to it
      • maxi990
        maxi990Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm55 stars
        When you open this book, you meet Milo, when he's at school he wants to go home, when he's at home he wants to go to school. A mysterious package comes for him. In side is none other than a tollbooth. A book full of adventure, boredom, and the most bizarre things imaginable. If you're looking for a classic book, I recommend The Phantom Tollbooth. I promise you will definitely enjoy it.
        • DoeyFriday, August 10, 2012 at 9:42 am
          This book was such a wonderful book. A definite classic read.
          • clumsy365
            clumsy365Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7:33 am55 stars
            One of my favorites! So much fun to read!!!!!
            • hey
              heyTuesday, May 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm55 stars
              The best book! it totally puts an image in your head and sometimes you totally have to think about it! Which is great in a book!!!!!
              • mikiTuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:17 am
                i'm reading the book and it is a very good book and i can read it over and over again thats how good phantom tollbooth is ok bye
                • spagetti
                  spagettiSunday, April 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm
                  I just finished this great book. My new favorite! Here's a quick sumary and why I recommend it. The little boy in the book Milo is bored. He thinks everything is a waste of time. He then receives a package in the mail that changes everything. The package opens a journey that takes him to different worlds and strange characters. His companion on the journey, Yock, travels with him to Dictionopolis, the city of words, where letters are sold and eaten. Milo meets the Sound Keeper who files away all sounds in the Valley of Sound. He also is introduced to Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason. Much more that I won't share. Read this./ This is a great, immaginative story that I recommend for anyone.
                  • maxi990
                    maxi990Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm55 stars
                    I believe you mean "Tock" not yock

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