The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition

The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition

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by Norton Juster
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
TeriTH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
GrandmaBabsy13 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Phantom Tollbooth it is awesome and very entertaining!!!
Luv2Read77MC More than 1 year ago
Kudos to the B&N staff. My sales person was fabulous. She instantly found what I was looking for and helped me order a copy on line. It came just when they said it would. She also recommended another book along the same lines that I liked. The book is a teaching book for word meanings. It has been around for 50 years so you know it's a keeper. Good for kids with inquisitive minds who need explanations for the double meanings and for adults as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS MAKES MY DAY EVERY TIME I READ IT. IT IS FUNNY, AMAZING, AND AWSOME WORD PLAY?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE it!
neverbored More than 1 year ago
A gift for my grandson, to whom learning comes easily. Maybe too easily, and he becomes quickly bored. This is the book to encourage questioning what you learned, and then following those answers to more questions, more learning . . . and to love the adventure.
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My kids love it!
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I Am an 8th grad language teacher and after reading this the book was all around eadtern christian high
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I'm an adult reader but this will always be my favorite book.
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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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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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I could put this book down! It's awesome.