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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster - Signed First Edition - 1961 - from Books of Wonder (SKU: 1049174)

The Phantom Tollbooth

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The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

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JUSTER, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. NY: Epstein & Carroll [1961]. 8vo, 256pp. Blue cloth pictorially stamped in white. Map endpapers in blue ink; 3 two-page, 26 one-page and numerous smaller b&w illustrations. Spine ends lightly rubbed, corners a tad so, else a remarkably clean, bright copy in original color pictorial dust jacket (Slight wear and tiny chips at spine panel ends, 3 inch closed tear at bottom front flap hinge, 1 inch closed tear – nearly invisible – at base of rear panel, minute traces of soiling to front panel). Signed by the author, Norton Juster.

First edition. For Milo, everything's a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he's got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo jumps to the Isle of Conclusions, learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and eventually embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing: life is far from dull. In fact, it's exciting beyond his wildest dreams! Filled with wit, outrageous puns, and just plain good humor and exciting adventure, this is a beloved modern classic!


The Phantom Tollbooth is a children's adventure novel and a modern fairy tale published in 1961, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. It tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, drives through. He finds himself in the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he accepts a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom, acquires two faithful companions, and has many adventures.


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On Apr 2 2013, fireflower537 said:
This is one of my favorite books. It is a VERY funny and clever story about a journey through strange lands. The book is full of puns, wordplay and weirdness.


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Books of Wonder is NYC's oldest and largest independent children's bookstore, specializing in both new and old books. Established in 1980, Books of Wonder has two stores in Manhattan, one in the Flatiron/Chelsea area and the other on the Upper West Side. Our Upper West Side store is located at 217 W 84th Street in Manhattan, just east of Broadway.


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