Milo was not very impressed with anything and was often bored. He even felt that the pursuit of knowledge was the biggest waste of time that existed. He received a purple tollbooth for his birthday, and he decided to travel with it because he had nothing better to do. On his trip, he encountered the Doldrums, the Lethargarians, and many other characters who often represented how he felt. During his travels, he decided that Rhyme and Reason needed to be restored to the land of Dictionopolis, a country where words and letters reigned supreme. He worked his way with his faithful watchdog, Tock, through the perils of Digitopolis, a land of numbers feuding with the inhabitants of Dictionopolis. He helps them solve their problems, and he learns a valuable lesson along the way!

 

We will be studying word play and interpreting the meaning of many phrases through the book. To understand The Phantom Tollbooth to the fullest, a great command of language is necessary. Much vocabulary will be developed and the students will be responsible for learning the meanings of the words. Additionally, Milo learns a great many lessons through his journey and his is a character who had absolutely no interest in learning. Through the creative characters of Norton Juster, Milo learns that there is a great amount to see in the world-whether one expects it or not!

 

 

And now, follow the links below to enjoy The Phantom Tollbooth through the World Wide Web.

 

 Phantom Tollbooth Links~

The Phantom Tollbooth Page
Quotes From the Book
wand More Quotes From the Book
 An Interview with Norton Juster, the Author
 The Characters from the Book
 See the Photos of a School's Dramatization of the Book
The Phantom Tollbooth by Wikipedia
Jules Feiffer never liked his illustrations!

 

 

 Word Play Links~

 Puns for the Classroom
Pun of the Day
The Idiom Connection
Idiom Explanations
 Paint by Idioms
 Idiom Games
 Silly Jokes Using Word Play
Fun with Words!-lots of fun games



Miscellaneous Links~

 The Phantom Tollbooth Word Search
 Reviews of The Phantom Tollbooth
Make Your Own Dodecahedron
Interested in Time Travel?
 Phantom Tollbooth Video Page from YouTube
Wacky Laws

 

 

 

 Idioms taken from the book to be utilized in the classroom include:

 Making mountains out of molehills
Split hairs
Leaving no stone unturned
Hangs by a thread
Bite off more than you can chew
In one ear and out the other
If it isn't one thing, it's another
   Out of the frying pan and into the fire
   You don't have to bite my head off

 

Vocabulary~