A disinterested young boy learns that there is nothing worse than wasting time in Norton Juster’s delightful story, The Phantom Tollbooth. One day, Milo finds a magical tollbooth in his room, and sets out on a fantastical journey through the Lands Beyond. He explores Wisdom, and finds himself in the Doldrums, where the inhabitants also suffer from ennui. A watchdog, named Tock, becomes his traveling companion, while Milo precedes to a meet a strange cast of characters in Digitopolis, where they decide to rescue Rhyme and Reason. Along the way, Milo learns about words, math, and music in an ever-enchanting, constructive manner. The novel’s climax is an attack of demons, but the King of Wisdom’s army comes to a gallant rescue, and a true celebration is finally in order. When Milo returns home, he finds that he has only been away for a few hours, and better yet, he is no longer plagued by boredom, instead further intrigued by the world around him. Fifth and sixth graders will enjoy The Phantom Tollbooth's amusing text and illustrations.