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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster, Susan Nanus Illustrated by Jules Feiffer
This quirky fantasy story reveals how a restless and precocious ten-year-old boy learns to appreciate the ordinary things in life after he embarks on a wondrous journey.

Milo is in a deep blue funk. Nothing and no one capture his interest. Boredom is Milo's middle name. The young boy is resigned to this state of affairs until he returns from school one day to find a package containing a giant toy tollbooth in his bedroom. When Milo puts the tollbooth together, and takes a ride on his toy car through the booth, a whimsical adventure begins. On this adventure, Milo visits Dictionpolis, the land of words, Digitopolis, the land of numbers, and meets an odd cast of characters along the way. The "watch" dog Tock, the Mathemagician, Officer Short Shift, and the Lethargarians are just some of Milo's new friends who show him how fascinating life can be.


Based on the classic book by Norton Juster the play captures the magic, wit, and heart of the novel and is perfect for classroom use.

Ages
10, 11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 8
DRA
60
Guided Reading
W
Number of Pages
72
Genre
Classics, Fantasy, Drama

About the Authors and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Norton Juster Norton Juster is the author of the children's classic The Phantom Tollbooth and the mathematical romance The Dot and the Line. The Hello, Goodbye Window was his first picture book, which he recently followed up with Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie
Susan Nanus
Jules Feiffer Jules Feiffer has won a number of prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays, including the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His books for children include The Man in the Ceiling, I'm Not Bobby!, A Room with a Zoo and Bark, George.

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