Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (1961)

Tollbooth.jpg  Milo’s life is dull, dull, dull.  He’s BORED with everything.  But then one day, for no reason at all, a freeway tollbooth appears in his bedroom.  Since he’s bored, he drives through it and discovers a completely different world on the other side!  It takes him awhile to understand this new place, but gradually it dawns on him that he’s entered a land where everything you say is literal.  You will be flabbergasted at how many cliche words and phrases are introduced in a completely new and clever way — you’ll be figuring everything out right along with Milo, and feeling smarter with every page.  But don’t think the story is boring because it deals with language.  NO!  It’s fast paced and exciting and FUN!

The Phantom Tollbooth was my husband’s favorite book as a boy.  He loved it so much that he strongly suggested I read it while we were engaged.  I’d never heard of it before, but soon found myself sneaking in a few minutes between my college studies to read another chapter!

When we were raising our children,  I was usually the parent who read to them before bedtime.   But when our girls was finally old enough to understand the cleverness of this story, David took over those duties for a couple of weeks and shared this beloved book with them. Milo’s adventures (and misadventures!) created a lot of laughter and delight each night as everyone snuggled in to enjoy another episode.

Is there anything better than sharing a story you’ve loved with your children??

Middle Reading Level, 272 pages, Fiction, Boys, Published 1961.

 

 

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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