The Phantom Tollbooth- Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it from Bibliobeth


When Milo finds an enormous package in his bedroom, he’s delighted to have something to relieve his boredom with school. And when he opens it to find – as the label states – One Genuine Turnpike Tollbooth, he gets right into his pedal car and sets off through the Tollbooth and away on a magical journey!

Milo’s extraordinary voyage takes him into such places as the Land of Expectation, the Doldrums, the Mountains of Ignorance and the Castle in the Air. He meets the weirdest and most unexpected characters (such as Tock, the watchdog, the Gelatinous Giant, and the Threadbare Excuse, who mumbles the same thing over and over again), and, once home, can hardly wait to try out the Tollbooth again. But will it be still there when he gets back from school?


I have to admit, I didn’t know much about this book before reading it. It was one of Beth’s choices. I’m so glad she picked it though because I ended up reading a very witty, sweet, action-packed piece of children’s literature which has something in it for adults too.

I think this book isn’t for everyone. It could be portrayed as preachy and forcing philosophy onto the reader. However, I think many readers will find it fun. It’s full of adventures to strange and imaginative places. The characters are unusual. It is almost like an Alice in Wonderland for a more modern generation. I think it could be enjoyed by boys and girls alike and children and adults too.

I just loved this statement:
You must never feel badly about making long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons then you do for being right for the wrong reasons.

Response to Beth’s review:

You can read Beth’s great review HERE.

It’s interesting that we both found some statements that we really loved! I’m glad we both liked this book, unlike our February read.

Next up for the Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit Challenge (April):
Stig of The Dump- Clive King


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