the phantom of tollbooth

The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.
—  Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth (1970, USA)
A disenchanted young boy returns home one day to find a strange tollbooth in his house, he enters through to discover a strange and imaginative world.

After Warner Bros’ classic cartoon department closed, a now independent Chuck Jones created his own studio with a production deal by MGM creating The Grinch, The Dot and the Line, and a series of Jones-directed Tom and Jerry cartoons. For his one feature film Chuck Jones chose to adapt Norton Juster’s strange Alice in Wonderland-like fable of wordplay and idioms, The Phantom Tollbooth, using both animation and live-action to tell the story. Jones originally produced the film in the end of the 60′s, but due to management changes and eternal studio troubles at MGM it was dumped into kids matinees in 1970. Norton Juster himself hated Jones’ adaptation and was further upset when the film was well-reviewed.

Can I find this? Sure. Warner Archive has available Phantom Tollbooth on MOD DVD and their digital services, recently remastered from Warner’s archives. No Blu-Ray is planned at this time.


A Third Collection of Literary Maps

  • Narnia, from The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  • Nautical Route of the Dawn Treader, from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
  • The Kingdom of Wisdom, from The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster
  • Earthsea, from the works of Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Shannara, from The Shannara Chronicles, Terry Brooks
  • Pellucidar, from the Pellucidar series, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Barsoom (Mars), from the Martian Tales, Edgar Rice Buroughs
  • Bas-Lag, from the works of China Miéville
  • New Crobuzon, from Perdido Street Station, China Miéville
  • (Jeru)Salem’s Lot, from the novel ’Salem’s Lot and the short stories “Jerusalem’s Lot” & “One for the Road”, Stephen King
Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven’t the answer to a question you’ve been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you’re alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.
—  Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Pre-production layouts, mixed media on art board, 5″ x 11″, by Phyllis Graham for the 1970 Chuck Jones directed, “The Phantom Tollbooth”, his only feature film. Phyllis, wife of renowned art teacher and author, Donald Graham, produced hundreds of these beautiful paintings based on her reading of the Norton Juster-penned YA novel. 


There is a new display up in the front of the library, courtesy of alumnae and former ReAD Club co-heads Amelia and Emily (both class of ‘16). It features some of their favorite books, from “The Phantom Toll Booth” and “The Graveyard Book” to “Song of Achilles” and “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”. Check out this great variety. We hope you find something new to enjoy!

anonymous asked:

what were some formative books/authors for you?

listen to the nightingale - rumer godden

little women - louisa may alcott

the phantom tollbooth - norton juster

pride and prejudice - jane austen

hungry for the world - kim barnes

nervous conditions - tsitsi dangarembga

the rainbow - d. h. lawrence

the bell jar - sylvia plath

joyce carol oates - do with me what you will

margaret atwood - alias grace

Sometimes you need your fictional friends more than the real ones. Friends I like to hang out with, day 10 of the May challenge by @journaling-junkie

“And the days are not full enough                                                                                  And the nights are not full enough                                                                                And life slips by like a field mouse                                                                                  Not shaking the grass.”  –Ezra Pound 

I. My name is Gabriel and I am a twenty-year-old from Boston, MA (US). I’m submitting this advertisement in hopes of finding someone brilliant to write back and forth with. I know you’re out there. 

II. Likes:// Reading (Lord Byron; Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth; Arthur Rimbaud; Edgar Allan Poe); Music (Prince; The White Stripes; Syd Barrett; Frank Sinatra; The Avalanches); Writing; Recording Music; Guitar; and Poetry.

Criminally undertraveled (and hoping to fix that in the upcoming years).

III. The perfect pen pal:// anyone who is willing to commit a fair sum of their time to writing letters back and forth on a consistent basis. Preferably ages 18 and onward. Drop me a line–I would love to hear from you~~.

I can best be reached either through my Tumblr (
or through my Gmail (darkslippery @ gmail. com)

Thank you!