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. The character of Milo learns a great many lessons through his journey and he is a character who had absolutely no interest in learning; we will figure out the numerous lessongs that Milo learns. Through the creative characters of Norton Juster, Milo understands that there is a great amount to see in the world-whether one expects it or not!




The Phantom Tollbooth Links

Everything Phantom Tollbooth-tons of stuff to do here!
Quotes From the Book
wand More Quotes From the Book
 An Interview with Norton Juster, the Author
 The Characters from the Book
 Norton Juster's Accidental Masterpiece from NPR
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


Some of this, some of that . . .

 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 found in the book . . .

 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