The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

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by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer
     
 

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Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story--first published more than fifty ago--introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond. 

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only

Overview

Hailed as “a classic. . . . humorous, full of warmth and real invention” (The New Yorker), this beloved story--first published more than fifty ago--introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond. 

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . .

Features an appreciation by Maurice Sendak, award-winning author of Where the Wild Things Are!

“I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was ten. I still have the book report I wrote, which began ‘This is the best book ever.’”—The New York Times

“The Phantom Tollbooth is the closest thing we have to a modern Alice in Wonderland.”—The Guardian

“The book lingers long after turning the final page. . . . A classic indeed.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“You loved the humor and adventure . . . and [now] you’ll marvel at [the book's] wit, complexity, and its understanding of how children perceive the passage of time.” —Entertainment Weekly

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'"
--Anna Quindlen, The New York Times

"A classic... Humorous, full of warmth and real invention."
--The New Yorker

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Hero Milo "didn't know what to do with himself-not just sometimes, but always." One day he returns from school to find an easy to assemble tollbooth and when he drives through it, Milo finds wild adventures in Dictionopolis, the land of words; Digitopolis, the world of numbers, and many locations in between. He is on a quest in this nonsensical land to bring back the Princess of Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. The book is filled with wild characters like the Spelling Bee who spells more than he speaks. There are silly word plays like the time Milo makes a speech at dinner and is surprised to find out how he has to eat his words. Life philosophy is mixed with tons of punny, funny humor. He is so changed by his travels that when he returns home he is only momentarily disappointed when the tollbooth disappears. As Milo says, "there's just so much to do right here." A children's classic for parent and child to enjoy together.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394820378
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/28/1988
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
759
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents

1. Brief Table of Contents

Introduction: Government by the People

PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES

Chapter 1: Constitutional Democracy

Chapter 2: American Federalism

PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS

Chapter 3: The American Political Landscape

Chapter 4: Political Parties and Interest Groups

Chapter 5: Public Opinion, Ideology, and Participation

Chapter 6: Campaigns and Elections

PART III: POLICY MAKING INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 7: Congress

Chapter 8: The Presidency

Chapter 9: The Federal Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process

Chapter 10: The Judiciary

PART IV: INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES

Chapter 11: Civil Liberties

Chapter 12: Civil Rights

PART V: THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY

Chapter 13: Making Economic and Social Welfare Policy

Chapter 14: Making Foreign and Defense Policy

Conclusion: Sustaining Constitutional Democracy


2. Full Table of Contents

Introduction. Government by the People

The Idea of America

A Distinctive Constitutional Democracy

Government Of, By, and For the People

Of the People: From the Mayflower to Today

By the People: Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone

For the People: Making Government by the People More of a Reality

The Global Community: Opinion of the United States

PART I: CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES

1. Constitutional Democracy

U.S. Government and Politicians in Context

Defining Democracy

The Global Community Importance of Freedoms

The Constitutional Convention Of 1787

Of the People: The Constitutional Convention

To Adopt Or Not To Adopt?

Constitutional Foundations

By the People: Becoming an American Citizen

Checking Power with Power

Judicial Review and the “Guardians of the Constitution”

For the People: Establishing a Durable Constitution

Constitutional Change

You Will Decide: Should We Interpret the Constitution according To Original Intent or Today’s Needs?

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2. American Federalism

Defining Federalism

Of the People: Global Opinion on the Role of Government

Of the People: Where Americans Come From and Where They Live

The Constitutional Structure of American Federalism

The National Courts and Federalism

By the People: Monitoring the National Stimulus Package

The National Budget as a Tool of Federalism

The Politics of Federalism

You Will Decide: Should The No Child Left Behind Act Be Renewed?

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PART II: THE POLITICAL PROCESS

3. The American Political Landscape

An Exceptional America

Geography and National Identity

The Global Community: Restricting Immigration

Where We Live

Who We Are

Of the People: A More Diverse Population

You Will Decide: Who Should The Census Count, And How Should They Be Counted?

By the People: Improving Literacy

How Much We Own

For the People: Increasing Access for the Disabled

Unity in a Land Of Diversity

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4. Political Parties and Interest Groups

What Parties Do For Democracy

The Global Community: A Competitive Two-Party System

American Parties Today

Of the People: Portrait of the Electorate

How Parties Raise and Spend Money

A Nation of Interests

Characteristics and Power of Interest Groups

Influencing Government: Lobbyists and Spending

For the People: Disclosure of Lobbyist Activity

You Will Decide: Should Corporations And Unions Be Unlimited In Funding Parties And In Running Issue Ads?

Parties and Interest Groups in a Democracy

By the People: Lobbying For Education Policy

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5. Public Opinion, Ideology, and Participation

Forming Political Opinions and Values

By the People: Improving Literacy

Political Ideology and Attitudes toward Government

The Global Community: Free Market Economy

Public Opinion: Taking the Pulse of the People

Participation: Translating Opinions into Action

For the People: Helping America Vote

Of the People: Voter Turnout by Demographic Factors

Voting Choices

You Will Decide: Should We Allow Voting By Mail and On the Internet

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> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Are People Involved In Politics?

6. Campaigns, Elections and the Media

Elections: The Rules of the Game

The Global Community: Who Makes A Better Political Leader?

Congressional and Presidential Elections

By the People: Volunteering For a Campaign

You Will Decide: Should We Establish A National Presidential Primary?

Money in U.S. Elections

The Changing Landscape Of the U.S. News Media

For the People: Creating the Internet

Of the People: Toward a More Representative Newsroom

Media Influence

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> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Is The Electoral College Democratic?

PART III: POLICY MAKING INSTITUTIONS

7. Congress

Congressional Elections

Of the People: Members of Congress

The Structure and Powers of Congress

Congressional Leadership and Committees

For the People: Building a Strong Defense

Of the People: How the World View the United Nations

How a Bill Becomes a Law

The Job of the Legislator

You Will Decide: Should Congress Create A College Football Playoff?

By the People: Staying In Touch With Congress

An Assessment of Congress

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8. The Presidency

The Structure and Powers of the Presidency

Of the People: Opinions of Barack Obama

Controversies in Presidential Power

You Will Decide: Should the Two-Term Limit Be Repealed

Managing the Presidency

Of the People: The President’s Cabinet

The President’s Job

Congress and the Presidency

By the People: Public Service through the White House Blog

Judging Presidents

For the People: Reducing Nuclear Weapons

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9. The Federal Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process

Understanding the Federal Bureaucracy: Constitutional

Of the People: Global Views of Bribery

Origins, Organizations, and Employees

You Will Decide: Should You Apply For A Federal Job?

The Job of the Federal Bureaucracy

For the People: Bringing Sunshine to Government

Controlling the Federal Bureaucracy

By the People: Joining the “Transparency Corps”

Defining Public Policy

The Public Policy Process

Citizens and Public Policy

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10. The Judiciary

Understanding the Federal Judiciary

The Three Types of Federal Courts

By the People: Create a Space of Her Own: A Partnership between Courts and the Arts

For the People: Reducing Crime

The Politics of Appointing Federal Judges

Of the People: Diversity in the Federal Courts

You Will Decide: Should The Federal Courts Be Active?

How the Supreme Court Decides

The Global Community: Importance of an Impartial Judiciary

Judicial Power and Its Limits

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> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Are The Activist Judges?

PART IV: INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS

11. Civil Liberties

The Basis for Our Civil Liberties

First Amendment Freedoms

The Global Community: Separating Government from Religion

Of the People: Religious Diversity in the United States

Property Rights

Due Process Rights

Privacy Rights

Rights of Criminal Suspects

For the People: Protecting Sixth Amendment Rights Of Indigent Defendants

You Will Decide: Should We End The Death Penalty In The United States?

Protecting Our Civil Liberties in an Age of Terror: Who’s Responsibility?

By the People: Students for Liberty

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> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Should The Government Apply The Death Penalty?

12. Civil Rights

Equality and Equal Rights

The Quest for Equal Justice

The Global Community: Educating Boys and Girls

Equal Protection Of The Laws: What Does It Mean?

You Will Decide: Should Marriage Be Limited To Heterosexual Couples?

Voting Rights

By the People: Protecting Student Voting Rights

Rights to Equal Access: Accommodations, Jobs, and Homes

For the People: Reducing Workplace Discrimination

Education Rights

Of the People: Affirmative Action and Minority Student Enrollment

Equal Rights Today

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PART V: THE POLITICS OF NATIONAL POLICY

13. Making Economic and Social Welfare Policy

The Role of the Federal Government in Economic Policy

Fiscal Policy

Promoting the Economy

The Role of the Federal Government in Social Policy

Of the People: Experience with Poverty

Social Policy Challenges for the Future: Health, Education, and Crime

By the People: Improving Health One Playground at a Time

The Politics of Social Policy

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> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a Federal Reserve Chair

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: Who Broke The Economy?

14. Making Foreign and Defense Policy

Understanding Foreign Policy and Defense

By the People: Promoting Ethical Investments by Colleges and Universities

The Foreign Policy and Defense Agenda

Of the People: International Support for Ties with Business

The Foreign Policy and Defense Bureaucracy

Of the People: Diversity in the Military

Foreign Policy and Defense Options

For the People: Rebuilding Europe after World War II

You Will Decide: Should Women Engage In Combat?

Prospects for the Future

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> MyPoliSciLab Simulation: You Are a President during a Foreign Policy Crisis

> MyPoliSciLab Explorer: How Much Does America Spend On Defense?

Conclusion. Sustaining Constitutional Democracy

The Case for Government by the People

Participation and Representation

The Role of the Politician

The Importance of Active Citizenship

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What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
" I read [The Phantom Tollbooth] first when I was 10. I still have the book report I wrote, which began 'This is the best book ever.'"
—Anna Quindlen, The New York Times

"A classic... Humorous, full of warmth and real invention."
The New Yorker

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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Shanella More than 1 year ago
Learning about words and numbers can sometimes be daunting, but Norton Juster makes it fun in the Phantom Tollbooth. Using characters that have something in common with digits or language, the Phantom Tollbooth takes young readers on an adventurous journey in a land akin to Wonderland. In my opinion, this book was imaginative, fun to read and well put together. Overall, it was excellent. Children will be taken on a while adventure and learn a little along the way. A great read for parents and children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard of this book was back in grade school. I had to do a book report and my mother recommended this book. At first I was hesitant but had no other book option in mind so I decided to give it a go. Years later I still think of this book! It is one of my all time favorites. The story line and characters really come to life. I could not put the book down! I would without a doubt recommend this book to any one of any age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend has read this and she loved it i recommend to a older age like a 5th grader because of the word play
alexsoccer More than 1 year ago
Imagine receiving a mysterious package containing a tollbooth that magically teleports you to a strange world only dreamed about. This is just the start of The Phantom Tollbooth, a wonderful page-turner written by Norton Juster. In this cleverly written classic, an average boy named Milo has too much time on his hands. One day, he arrives home and finds a big package containing a tollbooth. On the package it says "for Milo, who has plenty of time." If you want to know more about the tollbooth and the lands beyond it, you'll have to read the book. In this book, Juster pays close attention to details and makes this a read to remember. I would confidently rate this book five out of five stars for people who like fantasy, are seven or older, and like a book that can't be put down until the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in 4th grade. It wad great. It is a funny, clever book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a detailed and well pronounced story. Some people might say that this book is boring and hard to read, but its really not. Sure it might confuse you at times, but thats because its a well written book. My teacher read this book to the class. I remember my teacher would say "thats it for today class" and the whole class would say awwe. There are alot of hard words in the story, but by reading the sentences i could figure out whar the words ment. I truly recomend this book to someone who will acually sit down and read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Phantom Tollbooth is a MUST read cute children's book that will get you sucked in. The book is centered on a curious boy named Milo. One day he comes home from school to see an anonymous box labeled, "FOR MILO, WHO HAS PLENT OF TIME" which contained a map and a miniature tollbooth. Milo set up the tollbooth and began driving through the "Lands Beyond." Upon arrival, Milo is faced with many odd obstacles and interesting new perspectives. Personally I could find many relations to the book through the eyes of Milo; a curious little kid that we were all similar to at one point in time. If Milo wasn't enough, the interesting word choices and concepts made it nearly impossible not to stay interested in the book. Though it may be a children's book, if you have not read it, The Phantom Tollbooth is a classic you do not want to miss. A. G. Floyd
eshieveggie More than 1 year ago
This is my all-time favorite book and has been since my mom first read it to me years ago! The characters that Juster creates are instantly identifiable and (mostly) lovable. The plays on words that Juster uses throughout the book are just as funny for adults as they are for children. It's a PERFECT book to read at night to a child who is a bit too old for Berenstain Bears/Cat in the Hat, but not old enough to say that he/she doesn't want a bedtime story! Pick up this book, and you won't be thinking about your daily life as a ho-hum drudgery - every single person you meet is a new adventure that awaits you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book right now! Its'the best book ever. No one should dislike it. If you do like it or should I say love it ur right! Every single class in the world should read this book. I LOVE this book so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so much. Read it and you'll be in awe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book and a lot of play on words!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, engaging story - very creative from beginning to end! Just remember, there's always something new to discover. :-)
Sammyhan More than 1 year ago
I just finished a book called The Phantom Tollbooth in literature. This book has a very interesting setting that grabs the attention of the reader. My favorite place was Dictionopolis. Dictionopolis is a very interesting place because they sell word and letters instead of foods! How interesting is that! The king who owns Dictionopolis is very fat and hairy. His name was king Azaz. Azaz hated his brother the Mathmagician who lives in Digitopolis. The story is about a lazy boy named Milo that always wastes time and always seems to be bored but a tollbooth was in his room and he goes in a extreme adventure that he will learn a lesson that wasting time is not a good thing and he should use his time wisely. While in the adventure he has a conflict. He has to save the princesses to have peace with King Azaz and the Mathmagician but there are demons that will bother Milo and Tock so he is on an extreme adventure! You should not miss this book because if you start reading this book you can't stop reading so I suggest you reading this novel. The plot, setting, characters are all funny and fascinating so you should read this book. Thank you!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I still remember when my forth grade teacher read this to us. It is truly a brilliant novel and will always be one of my favourite books.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4th grade teacher said tha this was really good and that i should read it but i never did do any of you think i should
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is terribly written and I would not reccomend it at all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring and wierd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book sooooooooo much we read it in groups in school and I'm always exited when I have to go back and re-read things!!!!!!!! An amazing for all ages U
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book! I read it in fifth grade and I still enjoy it in the sixth grade! Brayden, age 12
emily creasey More than 1 year ago
NEVER HAVE I READ SUCH A BOOK: ' )
Anonymous 16 days ago
So beautiful, funny, and imaginative. Got this book when I was 12 on my trip to Washington...it was truly a magical trip because of Milo and his adventure!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Best book ever i have the actual copy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book may look boring and might start out not very interesting, but as you read it, it will quickly ramp up the interest level. It is a fantasy story, but not the kind where there is a lot of action and adventure, not at all like Harry Potter by JK Rowling or Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolken. It's more a humorous whimsical kind of fantasy with absurd creatures and funny characters (in a good way though). I reccomend this book to ages 7-10, although teens and adults might enjoy this as well, if they don't mind reading things below their reading level and reading a less sophisticated plot. Overall, I enjoyed this book even if it was light reading and not what you would read everyday.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything is amazing and this is book everyone can enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a gift when I was around ten, and I've been giving copies to kids for their tenth birthdays ever since. Hard to imagine growing up without this one!