The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester

Published: 1961

Genre: middle grade portal fantasy

Length: 256 pages

Setting: mostly the Kingdom of Wisdom

Interest: It was recommended as a good read aloud, so I read it to Mr. Curiosity.

Summary: Milo received the present of a tollbooth and car and when he plays with it, he ends up in the Kingdom of Wisdom. There, words take on a much more literal meaning. He journeys throughout the country, and, with the help of friends, embarks on a quest to return the Princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom so the Mathemagician (the ruler of Digitopolis) and the King of Dictionopolis will stop feuding.

Final thoughts: This is a delightful book. There’s a reason it’s considered a classic children’s read aloud. I never had the joy of reading it (or hearing it) it as a child, but I did enjoy it even as an adult. It certainly will develop a love of puns and other play on words. The characters Milo runs into on his quest are equally amusing. I need to read this one to Miss Adventure soon – she’ll love it just as well.

Title comes from: The tollbooth magically appeared in Milo’s room and took him on his journey.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.

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