The Phantom Tollbooth

  So I have to start with one of my favorite kids books of all time, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster with illustrations by Jules Feiffer. I have read this book several times. Each time, I have gotten more from it than I did the last.  I can't remember the first time that I read this book, but I think it was somewhere between the ages 7 and 10.  I loved it reading as a kid and I still do! In fact, I've read parts of it to our dog, Tock, since he's the dog in the book!
  The Phantom Tollbooth in content is safe for all ages of kids.  There's no violence or racy content. There's nothing inappropriate in it.  The illustrations are amazing.  It's suggested for ages 8 and up, but a young advanced reader can easily handle it.  I highly recommend it for a bedtime story for younger children.  As an adult, you will get something entirely different from it.  This is a book that keeps on giving as you reread it as you go through life. 
  This book is perfect for that young boy or girl in your life who you just don't know what book to get for.  The main character is a boy named Milo who is bored and not quite sure what to do.  He is undecided about nearly everything and then all of the sudden a package appears in his room.  Inside is a tollbooth, good for one trip.  Milo sets it up, gets into a toy car and drives of heading for Dictionopolis.  Milo's journey is filled with fantastic characters such as Tock (the namesake for my greyhound) and the Humbug.  Milo, prior to his journey, thought he didn't have time for anything; and throughout his journey, he finds he has plenty of time to spare. My two favorite characters are the Princesses Rhyme and Reason.  Milo's adventures are unforgettable and the cast of characters he meets will leave kids laughing and wanting to know more!  I cannot recommend this book more highly. 

The Phantom Tollbooth
By Norton Juster



Here's a photo of my Tock.

Here's a photo of my Tock.