The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton JusterRead about the other entries on the list.
Norton Juster’s creative and playful use of language makes this a great one to read out loud. The subtle layers of meaning and clever puns (yes, there are such things!) throughout the journey make this a fun book to read over and over. Its hero, Milo, is bored with school and pretty much everything else as well. His journey into the strange world known as The Kingdom of Wisdom is, unbeknownst to him, actually the story of him learning to love learning. He discovers that math and language and logic can be fascinating, funny, mysterious things. And Juster’s writing is so multi-layered and entertaining that it’s just as enjoyable to read for an adult as a child.
The Phantom Tollbooth is a book Cristina García hopes parents will read to their kids, and among Whitney Collins's eight best books for elementary schoolers, and Rebecca Stead's favorite classic American novels for children that may be overlooked outside of the US.
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