MAKING LITERACY AND NUMERACY COOL FOR KIDS
THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF A BORED SCHOOLBOY WITH TOO MUCH TIME ON HIS HANDS
Genre: Children’s, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 272 Pages
Date: 3rd March 2008 (First Published 1961)
The Phantom Tollbooth is one of those children’s books that should be one of the defining reads of every bookworm’s childhood; much like The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is. I certainly have fond memories of my first reading of it as a young schoolboy. But whereas C.S. Lewis’ classic is a very easy book to categorise and describe (being an age old tale of good triumphing over evil), Norton Juster’s story almost defies conventional categorisation. It is a story that is as unique as it is bizarre, making it all the more memorable. And as an added bonus, it’s hard to think of another book as likely The Phantom Tollbooth to spark an interest in literacy and numeracy in a young child.