The Phantom Tollbooth

Summary:

Milo, who is bored with his life, finds a mysterious tollbooth in his room. He follows the instructions on the note and passes through the tollbooth into a ludicrous land. Milo encounters the Humbug, the Spelling Bee, and Tock. Milo then embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason and save the land. This quest might just cost him his life.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

We enjoyed traveling with Milo through the land beyond the tollbooth. The ending satisfies the reader.

Content Awareness Factors:

We liked the ending, but at the very end, it kind of "cut off."


Young Reader Reaction

We picked this book from among 8 other titles for a book club because it sounded funny and intriguing. We liked the book because the author's words were creative and funny. Our perception of what would happen changed because the beginning of the book seemed like realistic fiction, but then it changed into fantasy when he passed through the tollbooth.

Adult Reader Reaction

N/A for this review

Type of Book:
This is a classic illustrated chapter book for middle-grade readers.
Educational Themes:

This is a fantasy story, but you will learn that there is more to life than meets the eye.

Reading Level:
6.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
Group of seven sixth graders at John Jay Middle School (Katonah, NY)
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is the kind of book you would only read once, so we would not want to keep it.

Title The Phantom Tollbooth
Author Norton Juster
Publisher Random House Children's Books, Penguin Random House Company © 1989
Illustrators Jules Feiffer
ISBN 9780394815008
Material Hard Cover
Cost $13.57
Genres Adventure, Fantasy
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