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About the Author

NORTON JUSTER is an architect and the author of other highly acclaimed children's books, including The Dot and the Line, which was made into an Academy Award-winning film,  The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which received the Caldecott Medal, and The Odious Ogre, also illustrated by Jules Feiffer.  Mr. Juster lives with his wife in Western Massachusetts.

JULES FEIFFER is the author and illustrator of two novels for young readers, as well as several acclaimed picture books including Bark, George, and Meanwhile. . . . He has won numerous prizes for his cartoons, plays, and screenplays. Mr. Feiffer lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037585715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375857157
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Esther Hershenhorn on November 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I consider THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH a five-star Twofer. There's Norton Juster's original and beloved text, of course, accompanied by Jules Feiffer's original illustrations, which causes the reader to smile, guffaw and laugh out loud, not to mention marvel at and laud the extraordinarily delicious language. But then bordering that text is Leonard Marcus' gracefully-written exposition, opening the door to the story's Back Story - its Who, What, When, Where, How and Why, as well as Juster's and Feiffer's Back Stories too. Readers will smile, guffaw and laugh out loud a second time and heap even more praise once they see the process - i.e. Juster's original word lists, character write-ups and early drafts as well as Jules Feiffer's original sketches and learn how these two friends brought Milo to the page at a singular time in our country's history. The writer in me, the reader in me, the teacher I am and my inner child enthusiastically HURRAH! and give Marcus a thumbs up for this insightful,informative and funny look at a true classic.
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As both a longtime "Tollbooth" fan and admirer of historian Leonard Marcus's always thorough and insightful work, I have been eagerly awaiting the publication of the "Annotated" edition. I was thrilled to find it's just as terrific as anticipated. Filled with interesting notes, sketches, and personal photos from both Juster and Feiffer (as well as a fascinating Appendix section containing such rare gems as Juster's handwritten character and word lists and handwritten manuscript drafts), this delightful edition does just what an annotated version of a well-loved text should -- it successfully opens up our understanding of the original source material in a new way while simultaneously increasing our appreciation of it. With a keen eye and a light touch, Marcus illuminates this beloved work with just the right amount of detail, expertly addressing the clever idioms, puns, and other elements that make "Tollbooth" such a classic of children's literature. The beautiful, well-considered design and easy-to-read text ensure that this edition will please fans of the book in addition to those who have the luck of discovering it for the very first time. One of my favorite books of 2011 and a perfect addition to any children's book collection!
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The story of how architect Norman Juster, after being awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation grant to write a children's book on urban planning, came to write THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH could support a book in itself. Marcus delights the readers of THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by relating the history of the creation of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Juster and its illustrator, Jules Feiffer, as well as countless other details sure to hold the attention of the reader. This book is a must-have for those who grew up reading the children's book masterpiece, and also for anyone who loves knowing the story behind the story, and all who appreciate word play and timeless humor. Marcus's insightful observations and research discoveries are printed in blue in the margins,making them easily differentiated from the original text of Juster's book.
Those who missed the fun of reading THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH as children can buy THE ANNOTATED PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH and double their pleasure. Read the book and learn why it is still in print after fifty years!
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Since the seventh grade. I LOVED it even when I was in college.

And now that I'm 62, I've rediscovered it. Still FUN and clever. And in this beautiful hardcover annotated edition even more interesting.
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One of my favorite books as a kid. I hope my grandsons like it as much! It's a wonderful fantasy adventure with lots of laugh-out-loud funny moments and plays on words. Get in your pedal car and drive through that mysterious toll booth, there's fun waiting for you on the other side.
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Well this is just the best kids book ever written for adults. I have read the paperback version several times and am looking forward to slowly devouring the annotate version. I recommend the book to anyone who has kids. . . or doesn't.
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It should be understood that my three-star rating refers to this annotated edition, and not to The Phantom Tollbooth, which deserves five stars forever. This is an attractive edition, and it includes an excellent introduction that provides fascinating background on the book. The annotations themselves, however, add little. Rather, one senses that the editor was desperately adding irrelevant tidbits in a futile attempt to disguise the fact that the book neither requires nor benefits from annotations.
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This is among the all-time best children's books! I read it to my kids when they were in the 8-10 age range and they loved it (and still do), but it's subtle and sophisticated enough that adults will enjoy the reading, too. A true classic.
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