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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth


by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth Resources


For the Phans

Check out the inside dirt on The Phantom Tollbooth at this site, which advertises an in-depth documentary about the book.


Michael Chabon riffs on his first reading of The Phantom Tollbooth (this is also part of an introduction to the novel as published by Knopf).

Movie Productions

The Phantom Tollbooth, Animated

The 1970 movie version of the book, directed by Chuck Jones, is partly in cartoon form. We think that's kind of fitting.

Historical Documents

Original New York Times Review

Ann McGovern raves about The Phantom Tollbooth when it first came out. Throwback!

Fifty Years Later

Adam Gopnik takes his stab at The Phantom Tollbooth: the fiftieth anniversary of the book really sparked a lot of talk. And we couldn't be happier.

Interview with the Man

Salon.com's Laura Miller talks with Norton Juster about The Phantom Tollbooth, the writing process, and life in general. We like this guy.


Old School Trailer

Here's a preview of the 1970 movie, although we recommend checking out the whole thing. What do you think? Is that how you pictured the Lands Beyond?

Documentary Style

Check out a preview of this inside-scoop documentary: all The Phantom Tollbooth, all the time.

Preview the musical!

This YouTube short gives you an idea of what the full-length musical (music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and Arnold Black) is like. Pretty impressive.


Have a Listen

David Hyde Pierce takes a stab at it: how do you think he did? (If you like it, you can buy the whole thing on Amazon.com!)


The Original

This cover illustration – now a classic – was done by Jules Feiffer.

This is Definitely from the 70s

What do you think: does this poster make you want to check out the film version?


Down in the dumps.

The Lands Beyond

This map often appears as the frontispiece (that's the fancy way of saying the picture at the front of a book) of The Phantom Tollbooth.

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