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.
We enjoyed traveling with Milo through the land beyond the tollbooth. The ending satisfies the reader.
We liked the ending, but at the very end, it kind of "cut off."
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.
N/A for this review
This is a classic illustrated chapter book for middle-grade readers.
This is a fantasy story, but you will learn that there is more to life than meets the eye.
10 and Up
8 to 12
Group of seven sixth graders at John Jay Middle School (Katonah, NY)
Borrow. This is the kind of book you would only read once, so we would not want to keep it.