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Book Review: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Join Milo on a fantastical adventure in the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Kidzworld has the book review.

The Mysterious Tollbooth

Young Milo is bored with his life. But one day, he finds a mysterious package in his bedroom. Inside are a road map and a miniature tollbooth which he quickly assembles. He drives through with his toy car and immediately finds himself in a magical world.

The Kingdom of Wisdom

Through his travels, Milo meets all kinds of interesting characters, including Humbug and Tock, the half-dog, half-alarm clock. Together the three of them embark on a quest to return the Kingdom of Wisdom to its former glory. They must rescue the princesses, Rhyme and Reason, from their prison in the Castle of Air.

The Quest

From Dictionopolis, they travel to the opposing city of Digitopolis, followed by the Mountain of Ignorance where they must outwit the demons in order to reach the Castle of Air. But many obstacles and strange characters stand in their way, such as the Terrible Trivium and the Senses Taker.

The Bottom Line

The Phantom Tollbooth is a beloved classic that has stood the test of time. It has been republished in a brand new 50thanniversary edition. This story is full of clever puns and an amazing assortment of wordplay. You’ll definitely laugh out loud that the cleverness of Norton Juster.

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