Happy 50th to The Phantom Tollbooth! I’ve been looking for a chapter book that includes lots of illustrations and this could be the one! Plenty of cool Jules Feiffer sketches to keep certain five-year-olds minds from wandering.
I loved it as a kid, just like I loved the Narnia books, The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, A Wrinkle in Time and other books where normal kids manage to find themselves in extraordinary situations. And can you believe that when The Phantom Tollbooth was published back in 1961, people thought fantasy was bad for kids because it disorients them. True story! Well, if you believe that, have I got a Horcrux for you!
And, check it out, you can help fund a documentary about the book.
Find it here.