Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Book Reviews: The Phantom Tollbooth

By Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer
Reviewed by Tristan K., age 11
Published by Random House Books, 1961
For ages 8 and up


The Phantom Tollbooth was a really good book. It is about a boy named Milo; he thinks that nothing is important. When one day a tollbooth magically appears in his bedroom, he chooses a random destination and goes through it. He appears in a land that he doesn’t know. He accidentally goes to the doldrums, a place where all people do is waste time, and he meets a ticking watchdog named Tock.

Tock goes with Milo on an amazing, crazy adventure meeting people as they go on, including Canby, who is anything he says can be; King Azaz the unabridged, the king of Dictionopolis; and the amazing Mathemagician, king of Digitopolis. They go on a quest to return rhyme and reason to the kingdoms.

I recommend this book to kids over the age of eight, but a parent might want to explain to them about some of the metaphors. I loved this book, and I suggest it to people who enjoy action and funny metaphors.