Monday, August 29, 2011

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Milo is depressed. He doesn't take any joy in his life, and doesn't understand why he needs to learn things. When he gets home, he notices a big box in his room. He unpacks it, and finds a real, genuine, tollbooth. With his electric car, he drives through and finds himself in a world totally unlike anything he's ever seen before. Along with characters like the Humbug and a dog named Tock, he travels through mysterious lands such as the Forest of Sight, the doldrums, and other places as well. But underlying everything, there is a mysterious danger. Milo sets out on a quest to defeat the evil and bring peace back to the Lands Beyond, while learning important lessons about life. A great book for kids who like fantasy. I really enjoyed it, although it was a fairly fast read.

5 Stars

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