The Phantom Tollbooth

Juster, Norton

Audiobook CD - 2008
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Phantom Tollbooth
A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers and finds a cure for his boredom.

Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2008
ISBN: 9780061672651
Branch Call Number: CD Children JUSTER
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4 hr., 30 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Pierce, David Hyde Narrator


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Mom and Dad can enjoy the wordplay while the kids soak up Milo's travels and no one is BORED. David Hyde Pierce narrates this version.

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Feb 02, 2015

I tried this in two different CD players and they both said "unrecognizable format." I will let the librarian know when I return it.

Jul 31, 2012
  • sldoug rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My sons and I listened to this in the car during a couple of long car trips and found it quite enjoyable. I'm sure it was thoroughly over the head of my six year old, but my nine year old and I made eye contact in the rear view mirror to share giggles many times. I think this book is particularly well suited for kids who are just starting to understand the clever (and not to mention humorous) potential of wordplay. As a wordy-girl-grown-into-wordy-woman, this book tickled me quite a bit.

Jul 21, 2011
  • ks_puggle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is great! A bored, lonely boy named Milo receives a mysterious cardboard tollbooth as a present. When he drives through it in his toy car, he finds himself in a through-the-looking-glass fantasy world, inhabited by strange creatures, such as the Humbug (a giant insect who is invariably wrong) and Tock (a watchdog who has the head, legs, tail, and personality of a dog and the body of an alarm clock). With these two companions, Milo sets off on a quest to rescue the lost princesses, Rhyme and Reason. This book is stuffed with brilliant puns and is absolutely hillarious. All ages will enjoy the book or the recording. The narrator does a great job capturing the humor of this book and portraying the characters. A+


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Aug 16, 2014
  • kidangel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's adventure novel and modern fairy tale by Norton Juster. It was published in 1961 with illustrations by Jules Feiffer. It tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom—Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason—from the castle in the air. The text is full of puns, and many events, such as Milo's jump to the Island of Conclusions,


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