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The Phantom Tollbooth


The Phantom Tollbooth

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    Available in PDF Format | The Phantom Tollbooth.pdf | English
    Norton Juster(Author) Jules Feiffer(Illustrator)
Illustrated in black-and-white. We're celebrating the thirty-fifth
anniversary (1996) of this modern kids' classic with a special hardcover
edition! This ingenious fantasy centeres around Milo, a bored ten-year-old who
comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces
with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and
begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish, yet
lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked "Which, " Faintly
Macabre, who gives Milo the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to
the Kingdom of Wisdom...

"I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'"--Anna Quindlen, "The New York Times"

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  • By Jeff Van Campen on 27 January 2017

    I recently read this with my 7yo son. I remember loving it when I was a kid, and he loved it as much as I did. I suspect many of the puns and references went over his head, but I also know that they went over my head when I read it the first time. Nevertheless, I'd definitely recommend reading this book with your kid. It's a great way to talk about words and how they have different meanings, about mathematics, and about the sense behind things we rarely question.However, I can't recommend this edition. For some reason, the editors chose to "translate" the book to British English. Most of the time I didn't mind too much (e.g. replacing "apartment" with "flat"). I do feel that this underestimates kids ability to understand that different place have different ways of referring to things. (My experience has been quite the opposite: they are usually fascinated by it.) But it does become an issue when words are changed when they are a part of one of the many plays on words (e.g. replacing "cents" with "pence" when there is a play on "sense").Full disclosure: I'm an American who have lived in Britain for much of my adult life, which undoubtedly influences how I feel about this. That said, I'd feel the same way if a publisher were to Americanise, say, Alice in Wonderland or Swallow and Amazons. I the the Americanised Harry Potter books are, frankly, ridiculous.

  • By B. Ozbo on 4 September 2016

    This may sound sad but Kat Denning (actress) tweeted about loving this book as a child & as i have a child who has no interest in books where she's not seem the movie first, I though I'd give it a go! So we're two chapters in & I love it, it's funny, charming, relatable and educational. I can't wait to keep reading! Some big words - for a 10 year old but manageable.

  • By Tee Coh on 31 July 2017

    I'm nine and I loved this book! I'd recommend it for all ages.its got something for everyone.Follow the adventure of a bored boy called milo,who one day finds a big package in his room.He unwraps it and finds a buildable tollbooth.So he takes his pedal car and drives through! What will he meet? Will they be friends or foes? Read this amazing book and find out...Norton Juster is a phenomenal writer and has written a truly brilliant book about the five senses.

  • By The Man On The Clapham Omnibus on 28 July 2017

    Just as I remember it, and now my daughter (9) loves it too. Great quality product. Quick delivery and well packaged. Would buy again.

  • By M. Hellen on 23 July 2014

    I read this as a child and loved it so bought it for a teacher friend. Her pupils were younger than I had been (they are 6-7) but they loved it when it was read to them. I think it can be enjoyed by slightly older children especially, and adults will appreciate it too, as it is so clever in its use of words and ideas and it is great fun.

  • By Heather Cook on 24 March 2017

    10 yr old bot loved this adventure

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