Why this book?
Milo is bored. He receives a mysterious box with the address "For Milo, who has plenty of time" that contains a tollbooth. Milo drives through it to the Lands Beyond and stops at strange places. Dictionoplis and Digitopolis are the lands of words and numbers. Doldrums is where you end up if you don’t think, or act, or laugh.
After Expectations, and Conclusions (where you get by jumping), and rescuing the two princesses, Rhyme and Reason, Milo is no longer the boy he was…
The Phantom Tollbooth shaped my love for words. The puns and riddles, and the rather silly jokes (aren’t they the best kind!) had me going back to the book. I read it when I was nine, and ten, and eleven, and also enjoy it as an adult.