The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition

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It has been fifty years—and millions of readers—since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug, and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason.
Now we have a remarkable 50th anniversary edition to honor this universally adored and deeply influential novel.  This special edition will include:

   • Gorgeous packaging that features the classic original art stamped and ...

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Overview

It has been fifty years—and millions of readers—since the world was first introduced to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond with Tock, the Humbug, and the captive princesses Rhyme and Reason.
Now we have a remarkable 50th anniversary edition to honor this universally adored and deeply influential novel.  This special edition will include:

   • Gorgeous packaging that features the classic original art stamped and debossed on the case with a transparent acetate jacket.
   • Brief essays from esteemed authors, educators, and artists, including Philip Pullman, Suzanne Collins, Jeanne Birdsall, Mo Willems, and several others.
   • Photos of the author and illustrator at the time of writing and today on the two-color endpapers.
   • The 35th anniversary essay by Maurice Sendak.
   • The complete text of the book.

A perfect gift for longstanding fans and lucky new readers, the 50th anniversary edition of The Phantom Tollbooth is a book to cherish.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Alfred A. Knopf commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Juster and Feiffer's classic collaboration with a handsome new edition of the story of how bored Milo travels through a magic tollbooth into a world where the land of words is at war with the land of numbers due to the banishment of "Rhyme and Reason." In his quest to restore sanity, Milo encounters a gallery of bizarre (but in our world, all-too-familiar) characters such as "the Terrible Trivium" who consumes all his time in pursuing the unimportant, and "the demon of insincerity," who wails, "I don't mean what I say, I don't mean what I do, and I don't mean what I am." In addition to an existing introduction from Juster explaining how he came to write the book and a 1996 tribute to the book from Maurice Sendak, this edition contains nine new appreciations from luminaries in the field of children's literature, such as star authors Jeanne Birdsall, Suzanne Collins, Philip Pullman, and Mo Willems, as well as Harvard Law School Professor Martha Minow. Perhaps the most moving tributes are from scholar Maria Nikolajeva, who describes what it was like to read the book as a subversive text in the former Soviet Union, and from veteran teacher Bev Walnoha, who built her fifth-grade curriculum around The Phantom Tollbooth for over thirty years. Juster and Feiffer's classic has aged well—indeed, it has not aged at all, its satire feeling as uncannily apt now as fifty years ago. This celebration of its half-century birthday is well deserved. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
From the Publisher
Review, THE NEW YORKER, October 10, 2011:
“The fifty-year birthday of a good children’s book marks a real passage, since it means that the book hasn’t been passed just from parent to child but from parent to child and on to child again. A book that has crossed that three-generation barrier has a good chance at permanence . . . [this is] an anniversary that matters.”

Review, THE ATLANTIC, October 30, 2011:
"The book is an absolute treasure to touch and to hold . . ."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375869037
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Edition description: Anniversary
  • Edition number: 50
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 68,820
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

NORTON JUSTER is an architect and the author of other highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which received the Caldecott Medal, and The Odious Ogre, also illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

JULES FEIFFER is the author and illustrator of two novels for young readers, as well as several acclaimed picture books including Bark, George, and Meanwhile. . . . He has won numerous prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    One of the best kid's books ever!

    I read "The Phantom Toolbooth" when I was a kid. It was such a memorable book that I bought it for my grandson. Some books stand the test of time and this is one of them.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Get someone hooked on reading!

    This was the book that got me hooked on reading oh soooo many years ago. And I still enjoy it today. It is one of the great literary treasures that should be introduced to more kids.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    Outstanding

    I first read this book as an adult when my son Matthew was just starting to enjoy books without pictures. We sat together every night and read him a chapter and we would have a little discussion afterwards. The following night I would review the previous nights chapter with Matthew just to be sure he was understanding the story. He asked some of the most wonderful questions before and after each chapter--and he made some very delightful statements. For me this book was one of the best I have ever read and it brings me back to the nights my little boy, who is now 32 with 2 children of his own, would sit on my lap and look up at my face as I read to him. One of my most cherished memories. This is an excellent book for all ages.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Really Good Book

    I read this when i was really little- like in 3rd grade... and younger than that too, but i just read it again this year and i forgot how good it was!!! :D Its a classic and a must read for anyone. :))

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Awesome

    I love it lol it rocks my favorite book

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    I never read this as a child, but I remeber the ads on TV for th

    I never read this as a child, but I remeber the ads on TV for the movie they made in the late 60's early 70's. So when my children were young I bought it on a lark and read it to them. It was wonderful, delightful and we still remember parts of it to this day (jumping to Conclusions being one). I then bought it for my friends children as gifts and they enjoyed it also. If you like word play and an adventure you will love this book. Yes you can get it cheaper in paperback or used, but this is a special edtion which is to last a long time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Little Roni

    I love the Phantom Tollbooth it is awesome and very entertaining!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    THIS BOOK IS AWSOME

    THIS MAKES MY DAY EVERY TIME I READ IT. IT IS FUNNY, AMAZING, AND AWSOME WORD PLAY?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Good

    It aint not good

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Bad book

    Awful

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    My kids love it!

    My kids love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    LOVE IT

    I Am an 8th grad language teacher and after reading this the book was all around eadtern christian high

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2014

    Tap here peeps

    I dont get this book. I read it and i was confused. Not worth it $12.99???????

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    My favorite

    I'm an adult reader but this will always be my favorite book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Great!

    In my opinion (dont say we didnt ask for your opinion!) It waa a really good book. I mean im in seventh grade and i liked it. It was so cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Puns in a Book

    I am reading this in my class and you need to focus on what the author is saying because there are alot of puns so find them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Awesome!!!

    I could put this book down! It's awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Sooo fun

    Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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