9 Aug 2011

The Phantom TollBooth

Whilst researching on the Internet for a completely different topic, I came across a mention of one of my favourite childhood books, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Its such a crazy story, that even to this day years after reading it, it brings back memories. I love how books can do that, can make such an impression. My eldest is just reading, and I hope I can pass on my love of reading and books for both my daughters, so they can have the same recollection of great reads when they are older.

They already have an overwhelming interest in books, which can only be a good thing and some of their favourites where the books my mum kept for me, from my childhood. So I was thinking of making a feature of my favourite books, with some fab pictures of course!

So I'll Start with...

Click on the book to head over to Amazon to purchase it!

Although I do prefer the older Illustrations of tock, such as the one below!

There seems to be a huge love for this book on the Internet check out this love!

For those of you who haven't heard or read the book I suggest you do, here's Amazons' description...

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?

The thing that always spring to mind was pouring over the map at the front of the book!  
Check out some of those places!

Read it? Loved it? Hated it?  Let me know!

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1 comment:

  1. There aren't words to express how much I love The Phantom Tollbooth. I haven't seen any of the more recent editions, I have the one you've pictured above with original Jules Feiffer Tock and Milo. I also spent hours tracing out the route Milo took. I think it's such a fabulous book for kids, so much to learn without realising you're learning anything, and a corking story. If I have children I intend to pass it on to them, it's a very important book to me.

    What a great idea for a feature! :)