The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition

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 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.

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

About 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. 46 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.
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Neale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw an article about the 50th anniversary of this book and I bought it and re-read it. I first read it about 40 years ago and enjoyed it then and enjoyed it agin after all those years. I remembered a couple of parts of it. Its a great kid's book that adults will also enjoy.
BRYAN LEE More than 1 year ago
The Phantom Tollbooth is a very straight-to-the-point title. A phantom tollbooth is exactly how this very zany book begins. Milo, a young boy, one day receives a random package, with a fake tollbooth inside. He hops in his toy car and drives through it, not knowing that it would transport him to an entirely new world. In this book, right off the bat, it throws you into a confusing story. On this journey, Milo meets many unusual beings. In Dictionopolis, Milo meets King Azaz, who sends him on a journey to rescue two princesses. Over the course of the book, the main goal is to get the two trapped princesses, Rhyme and Reason. In the first part of the book, Milo meets the watchdog Tock. He also meets Humbug. These two tag along on Milo’s mission. Despite this trio being the main characters, there are many other characters along the way. Each character confusing in their own way that may twist your thoughts in odd ways. Despite the story starting off confusingly interesting, the characters is where it feels iffy. Yes, the characters are very zany and interesting. They may make you think, such as the ironic “small giant”, “giant midget”, etc. However, the story could have been much better without some of the zany characters, as the original trio is already interesting enough. A dog with a clock on it (literally a watch dog) and the Humbug (a literal bug/beetle type creature) already give you a taste that the story is going to be odd. However, when the book constantly reminds you of how odd it really is, it can get very tedious. There is a saving grace for these characters, though, as they do provide a necessary nourishment to the otherwise short plot if every other character was cut out. The environments each character is put it just adds to the weirdness so much, that it’s hard to take in everything the book throws at you in each character introduction. But it is a fun challenge. Leading away from the attempt at oddball characters, Norton Juster provides an interesting spin on the overused “damsel in distress” story. Milo and the rest encounter interesting obstacles in their path, each connected with something ironic or some type of pun. One or the other is the usual. Despite me saying all of this like it detracts from the story, it definitely provides interesting aspects to the story. The language Juster uses is very off-the-wall, unnecessarily descriptive, and hilariously dramatic. Jules Feiffer’s illustrations add to the very weird nature of the book, being very sketchy and characterizing the narrations very well. The jokes, illustrations, drama, characters do not shy away from trying to be so amazingly abstract. Although the realistic ending is a very-much needed ending, it is just not up-to-par with the unrealistic nature of this book. The way it is handled, with Milo eventually saving the princesses in a chase and returning them is very predictable. Then, the resolution where Milo returns to his home through the tollbooth once again and reveals that it was all imagination just in his room and how the tollbooth must “find another to take on the journey” is very meh. Despite that, every aspect about this book is unbelievable, odd, and will make you think. If you are looking to sit down and shy away from magical Harry Potter books or the generic teen-drama books, this book is great to get in one go. It follows in the footsteps of The Little Prince and increases the oddity tenfold, which is not a bad thing.
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.