The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – Mini Review


“You must never feel badly about making mistakes,” explained Reason quietly, “as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.” 

Milo must rescue The Princesses’ Rhyme and Reason, so off he goes through the Phantom Tollbooth in his car that ‘goes without saying’.

A wonderful pun-tastic story for any Wordsmith. The storyline has hints of The Wizard of Oz mixed with the superb wit and intelligent humour of Roald Dahl. 

I probably got a lot more enjoyment from this than a child would! My Mum would have LOVED this book because she used to come up with some absolutely classic ‘play on words’. 

I’ve got her to thank for teaching me to love and appreciate the written word. This book reminded me of conversations I’ve had with her, and that’s priceless 💕 

I borrowed this fab little nugget from my local library.

Author: OwlBeSatReading

Hi! I’m Lisa the Book Owl. I spend so much of my spare time reading, so I decided to start a blog all about it. I mainly read Historical Fiction, Horror and Literary Fiction, particularly Domestic Noir style LitFic. This is my little blog where I share all things bookish 🦉

9 thoughts on “The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – Mini Review”

    1. Aw thank you Nicki, it’s a must! I’m slowly getting to read books that I’m not necessarily bothered about owning by borrowing them from the library. I’m loving it cos it’s FREEEE lol! I’ve borrowed a few Shirley Jackson classics (We Have Always Lived in the Castle was out of this world) The Silent Companions/The Corset by Laura Purcell, Kings’ Salem’s Lot, the disturbing (5🌟’s from me lol) vampire story Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist….I could go on…😯😂


  1. This has a movie version right? With doldrums and a dog with a clock in the heart or something along those lines? I saw a version on TV when I was a kid, loved it but never got my hands on it again

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