The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster cover, a man is looking at a dog who has a clock in his side the background is blue

Cover of The Phantom Tollbooth

By Norton Juster, Epstein and Carroll, 1961

The Phantom Tollbooth

Written by Norton Juster

Illustrated by Jules Feiffer

New York, Epstein and Carroll, 1961

6.5" x 9.5"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

The young hero who journeys to the allegorical Lands Beyond and back starts out as a bored school child and returns home with his eyes and mind open wide to the world. What accounts for Milo's extreme makeover? Not tollbooth magic so much as a series of Oz- or Alice-like encounters with walking paradoxes, human riddles, and other ridiculous obsessives. These and other absurdities test Milo's wits as he learns, in the best progressive way, to chart his own path to Rhyme and Reason—and to trust his own ideas.


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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster interior page, a large dog is scratching his neck, a large clock is on his side

Interior page of The Phantom Tollbooth

By Norton Juster, Epstein and Carroll, 1961