The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

Audiobook CD - 2008
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A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers and finds a cure for his boredom.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2008
ISBN: 9780061672651
0061672653
Characteristics: 4 sound discs (4 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Pierce, David Hyde

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MyFakePseudonym
Jun 21, 2016

Great for kids aged 7 to 77 -- or even older. I've been around long enough to be a parent, but short enough I still enjoy the book's abundance of clever word-play. .. I decided to check out the book again after noticing the animated-film version (1970) was done by Chuck Jones and Mel Blanc of Looney Tunes fame. On the AudioCD, you'll likely recognize David Hyde Pierce's voice as Niles Crane from "Frasier." .. And pleasant surprise: the last CD includes a wonderful interview with the author Norton Juster, describing the source of his humor and inspiration for writing this book.

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sldoug
Jul 31, 2012

My sons and I listened to this in the car during a couple of long car trips and found it quite enjoyable. I'm sure it was thoroughly over the head of my six year old, but my nine year old and I made eye contact in the rear view mirror to share giggles many times. I think this book is particularly well suited for kids who are just starting to understand the clever (and not to mention humorous) potential of wordplay. As a wordy-girl-grown-into-wordy-woman, this book tickled me quite a bit.

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ks_puggle
Jul 21, 2011

This book is great! A bored, lonely boy named Milo receives a mysterious cardboard tollbooth as a present. When he drives through it in his toy car, he finds himself in a through-the-looking-glass fantasy world, inhabited by strange creatures, such as the Humbug (a giant insect who is invariably wrong) and Tock (a watchdog who has the head, legs, tail, and personality of a dog and the body of an alarm clock). With these two companions, Milo sets off on a quest to rescue the lost princesses, Rhyme and Reason. This book is stuffed with brilliant puns and is absolutely hillarious. All ages will enjoy the book or the recording. The narrator does a great job capturing the humor of this book and portraying the characters. A+

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