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The Phantom Tollbooth

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Author: Norton Juster


Illustrator: Jules Feiffer

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!