The Phantom Tollbooth
There is perhaps no other book in history that captures the importance of imagination — and of sucking it up and having a good attitude about learning new things — better than Norton Juster’s 1961 The Phantom Tollbooth. In Episode 30, Alli jumps aboard a giant toy car with protagonist Milo and his friend Tock (the literal watchdog) and explores the fascinating Kingdom of Wisdom with the help of Curtis from the He Read She Read podcast. Alli and Curtis geek out over wordplay, speculate on “what the kids are doing these days,” and break down the many brilliant, zany moments of The Phantom Tollbooth. Follow @hereadsheread and @curtisreads on Instagram, and tune into He Read She Read on Apple Podcasts.
CHECK OUT CURTIS’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth) by N.K. Jemisin
“The Phantom Tollbooth and the Wonder of Words” (The New York Review of Books, 2011)
“An Interview with Norton Juster, Author of The Phantom Tollbooth” (Underdown)
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