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Phantom Tollbooth


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JUSTER, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth. Illustrations by Jules Feiffer. With an appreciation by Maurice Sendak. NY: Random House (ca. 1997). 8vo, 256pp. Black cloth pictorially stamped in gold. Map endpapers; b&w illustrations throughout. A fine copy in original color pictorial dust jacket. Signed by the author, Norton Juster, and the artist, Jules Feiffer.

44th printing, being an early printing of the 35th anniversary edition from 1996 which featured the first appearance of the appreciation by Maurice Sendak. 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!