The Phantom Tollbooth


We are amazed at how often we return to The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster’s classic kid’s book that is celebrating 50 years of stunning popularity. It’s the story of Milo, a bored ten-year-old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. In his rarely-used kid’s-size car, he embarks on a surprising journey through a mysterious landscape, Beyond Expectations through Mountains of Ignorance, The Forest of Sight, Illusions, Reality and Dictionopolis to the Sea of Knowledge. Rich with strange, true wisdom, it’s WAY more than a kid’s book. Our ancient copy is dappled with post-its marking many bits of brilliance that curiously resonates with Improvised Life.

Paired with delectably weird yet heartwarming doodles by Jules Feiffer (a Pulitzer-winning cartoonist and long-time children’s illustrator), this book is an absolute must-have in any kid’s library––it’ll stay in their minds long after they’ve grown.

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