The Phantom Tollbooth
Illustrated by Jules Feiffer.
Classic MG Fiction
Paperback, 256 pages
Published by Random House
Milo is facing child-form Ennui. The world he inhabits bores the proverbial pants off him and he’s unhappy wherever he is with whatever he’s doing. When a mysterious package presents itself in his bedroom one evening after school, Milo unwraps a Tollbooth that makes no guarantees. As Milo pays the toll, driving though in his toy car, he finds himself suddenly in the lands beyond driving into Expectations.
The colorful cast of people he meets as he travels through the Doldrums to Dictionopolis and on from there through the forest of sight and the valley of sound to Digitopolis on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Along with his trusty companion Tock – a feisty watchdog – and his not so willing guide, the humbug, he travels through the land beyond revitalizing his interest in his own world.
I read this as a child and have loved the story ever since. It’s a wonderful story no matter what age you are. If you have kids, get it and read it to/with them. If you don’t and haven’t ever read it, consider this your opportunity to fall back into a world where everything from the smallest number to the most unappetizing number is marvelous. If you have read it, find the time to read it again! There’s nothing like reliving the classics!
Buy, Borrow, Brush Past:
Go to your local library and check this one out – I don’t care if you feel silly going into the kids section.
Take a moment to change your point of view.