Monday, May 19, 2008



Book Review #69
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Rating: four stars (out of four)

Milo is bored with living, he rushes to get places but once he is there he wonders why he even bothered.  He can't seem to help that he finds everything so droll.  That changes when he finds a mysterious tollbooth kit and decides that since he has nothing better to do he will build it, and that is when the real adventure begins.

From the very first sentence of this book I was hooked. I knew that this was exactly the sort of book that I would enjoy and I absolutely loved all the phrases and sayings that when taken literally cause hysterics in the reader. I had been seeing this book everywhere lately, it was referenced in books, recommended to me by friends and finally I got the hint and checked it out from the library. What I was expecting was remarkably different from what I read, but it was oh-so-much-better. Every page had a little piece of wit that if you weren't carefully watching out for, you'd miss entirely. The Phantom Tollbooth was a book that taught you why things were important all the while cleverly hiding them in a seemingly harmless story tale. This was the sort of book that when reading you would burst out laughing and have an urge to find someone, anyone so that you could read them the clever little line that was so spectacular.  The Phantom Tollbooth is a supremely awesome book, far superior to a lot of the rubbish they publish nowadays.

1 comment:

  1. I love this book!I have read it several times.It is one of my favorites!

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