The Phantom Tollbooth
Why this book?
The Phantom Tollbooth is a book that masterfully opens the reader’s mind to different perspectives through his brilliant storytelling. Milo is a character who you learn to love as he winds his way through a divided world desperate to find Rhyme and Reason.
Norton Juster was a master at scene setting- taking an idea or concept and showing it in a unique way that resonates meaning. I gained insight into my feelings about certain situations. I was immensely entertained by the story, and certain scenes in the book will stick with me forever. The illustrations by Jules Feiffer are fantastic.
The power to show another person what you mean lies in crafting a good story. The Phantom Tollbooth is a book that takes the reader on a whirlwind journey along with Milo as he tries to stop a divided kingdom of words and numbers from collapsing. Norton Juster weaves his tale along the twisty turns Milo takes on his journey, and you can’t help but follow along in pursuit of Rhyme and Reason. I highly recommend this fascinating book!