The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1996
Edition: 35th anniversary edition
ISBN: 9780394815008
9780394821993
9780394915005
Branch Call Number: J JUS
Characteristics: 255 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Feiffer, Jules

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biffblack
Mar 31, 2021

Clever, even brilliantly funny, when it isn't being sentimental. I liked the book a lot for the first ten chapters, then after that -- it's downhill all the way.

The dinner party -- wherein the guests must eat their words -- a hoot!! It's almost like a kid's version of Bunuel's "Discreet Charm."

I don't think the author knew how to end the book. It's too episodic to think of as a novel. The stuff with the Soundkeeper is morally confused. But what really bugs me is this: Milo, along the way, receives gifts to aid him in rescuing Rhyme and Reason, yet except for a single instance of deploying the magic stick when he & friends are caught by Trivium, these gifts don't come into play. Particularly galling is the hokum that accompanies King Azaz's box of words; handing it to Milo, he says somethin' high-falutin' about the gift containing all the answers to the questions that have never been answered, never been asked. And that kingly pronouncement -- de rigueur in fantasy fiction -- is the last we ever hear about them.

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Julia_White
Mar 14, 2021

Such a cute book. You get lost in the creativity, fun characters, and fast-paced plot. This is a very unique story, a real work of art.

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violet_jaguar_350
Oct 26, 2020

This book is really good! A friend recommended it to me. my brother also read it and loved it!

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rcmg
Oct 20, 2020

Such an interesting read. An amazing use of words to make the reader think.

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Jjtippy123
Sep 29, 2020

Me read

ArapahoePatrick Jul 27, 2020

A fun adventure into a strange world of education.

ArapahoeBrian Jul 19, 2020

I first fell in love with this playful allegory when I was 6 or 8 and my grandfather read it out loud to me. Since then, I've read it over and over, at least 20 times total, and every single time I find some new clever thing I've never noticed before. It remains one of my favorite books of all time.

The Phantom Tollbooth tells the story of Milo, a boy who is bored despite a room full of diversions, and his trip through a magical tollbooth to the fantastic Kingdom of Wisdom, where he gets involved in a quest to restore the land by returning the banished princesses Rhyme and Reason. Along the way, he meets a Which, gets stuck in the Doldrums, and visits the island of Conclusions (most often reached by jumping). Overall, the book is a fun adventure which tells the story of Milo discovering his curiosity and love of learning.

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NB_Books
Jul 16, 2020

I think I hate this book because it reminds me of school.

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LadyKatka
May 30, 2020

"So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible."

This book reminds me of Alice in Wonderland in the sense that a kid goes to a strange land, meets some outlandish characters, and has a bunch of things happen that are just bonkers. There are so many puns that you really need to have a mastery of the English language to get the jokes, references, homonyms, and synonyms. It is fun but also eye-rolling, which I suppose is what a pun is meant to be really.

It is a fun story and a quick read.

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DanThePizzaMan
Dec 19, 2019

My favorite book growing up. It has a wonderful sense of humor and whimsical magic about it, and the illustrations are amazing as well!

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violet_bear_1739
Nov 18, 2020

violet_bear_1739 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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violet_jaguar_350
Oct 26, 2020

violet_jaguar_350 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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Monarch_47
Sep 27, 2019

Monarch_47 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 18

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BiblioBrietta
Jan 14, 2019

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Vasanthi_0
May 30, 2018

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Oct 27, 2017

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May 23, 2017

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violet_jaguar_350
Oct 26, 2020

"The Doldrums, my young friend, are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes."

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BiblioBrietta
Jan 14, 2019

But it's not just learning that's important. It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn at all that maters.

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BiblioBrietta
Aug 23, 2018

If you want sense, you'll have to make it yourself

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KCLSadultDVD
Jul 25, 2018

subtraction soup

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orange_dog_3105
Jun 02, 2017

“Besides," explained the second, “one word is as good as another— so why not use them all?”
“Then you don't have to chose which one is right.” advised the third.

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e_south
Dec 12, 2016

“Expect everything, I always say, and the unexpected never happens.”

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Bubbles_101
Oct 30, 2016

"Step right up, step right up - fancy , best-quality words right here '', announced one man in a booming voice. "Step right up - ah, what can I do for you, little boy? How about a nice bagful of pronouns - or maybe you'd like our special assortment of names?"

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Bubbles_101
Oct 30, 2016

"I AM KAKOFONOUS A. DISCHORD, DOCTOR OF DISSONANCE", roared the man, and, as he spoke, several small explosions and a grinding crash were heard.

PollyFossey Oct 21, 2014

"...many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond reach. But someday you'll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow."

PollyFossey Oct 21, 2014

"But there is so much to learn," he said, with a thoughtful frown.

"Yes, that's true," admitted Rhyme; "but it's not just learning things that's important, It's learning what to do with what you learn and learning why you learn things at all that matters."

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