Mia’s book shout out #2

Fifth grade book lover Mia shares her favorite books

“Happy 50th birthday,  Phantom Tollbooth!”

Do you ever think that a book can be really boring because there’s just something you can’t quite reach? Well then you won’t like the Phantom Toll Booth exactly for that reason. So after reading this, think about it, because if you read it at a younger age, you could still read it again and get more out of it.  But I’d still recommend reading it when you’re ten. It’s perfect – especially if you like words .  Or if you’re 7 and you are just into adventure and you can understand simple wordplay.

Have you ever wondered where letters, words, phrases, sentences, numbers, terms, expressions, and equations come from? When Milo finds a Phantom Tollbooth in his room, Milo decides to see what it can do, since he has nothing better to do. Milo hops in his little car and suddenly finds himself speeding along a highway, on his way to Dictionopolis. On the way, Milo encounters a trip to the Doldrums and Expectations and meets his journey companion Tock, a watch dog. Upon arriving in Dictionopolis, Milo discovers the silence between two regions, Digitotopolis and Dictionopolis. There, Milo is destined to rescue and return the fair Rhyme and Reason. Will Milo be able to save the fair Rhyme and Reason so fairness will return to the land?

I found that this story was so funny that I didn’t want it to end, but the great part of this is the wordplay and characters. Take the Which, for example, and look at how I spelled her name. She’s not dangerous, right? Only witches with the T are dangerous.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a hard book to know when to read because if you read it too early you won’t be able to understand a good part of this book, but it would still be a good adventure. If you are interested in reading this book it is located in the “J” section of the CPS Library. Have fun reading! The Phantom Tollbooth has been making people laugh for 50 years and hopefully many more!

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9 Comments on “Mia’s book shout out #2”

  1. Lilo bean Says:

    Mia, I love this post. Well written. I can’t wait to read your next post!


  2. Ben Alford Says:

    The Phantom Tollbooth is my favorite book ever!!!!!!!! I’ve read it four times and liked it all four!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sara Says:

    Really, the Phantom Tollbooth is a LOL! It is an English teacher’s delight to read. But, I have to say, Mia is spot on: if you are not ready for word play, it can sail over your head.

    Another GREAT adventure word play book is Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie.

  4. Rebecca Penczer Says:

    I love it! I haven’t read it yet, but I plan on reading it ASAP!

  5. Kim Says:

    I am going to try to sell Kate on the book, as soon as we finish Clementine’s Family Meeting… Mia, thank you so much for your Crunch recommendation. A marathon Sat. morning read-aloud got us finished with it – what a wonderful story of siblings getting along, boys being responsible caring people, and how communities can solve problems… I can’t wait to read more books by the author!

  6. juleigha Says:

    i love to read i would read anywhere because i might be a little picky but when i find a book i love i read it wicked fast

  7. chaia Says:

    Oh, I remember when I first read that book. even if you just are picking out a random book you’ll always find it funny. the wordplay can be really helpful when you write stories. I love that book!

  8. Peyton Hart Says:

    Wow! That looks like a good book. Maybe I’ll read it when I’m done with The Throne of Fire.

  9. chaia Says:

    That is so good! Our group is reading it in literacy! I hope that they will love the phantom tollbooth just like me!

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