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Summer Reading: If You Loved The Phantom Tollbooth

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Milo’s adventure in the Lands Beyond is full of witty wordplay and curious characters. Get a similar taste of brainy unpredictability from these delightfully eccentric books like The Phantom Tollbooth.

Your Next Picture Book:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett􏰁 Johnson celebrates the power of pure imagination with this story of a boy and his favorite art supply.

 

Your Next Chapter Book

The Little Prince
By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
 

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery explores some of the same big questions and ideas as The Phantom Tollbooth within a similarly whimsical premise.

 

Your Next Readaloud:

The Princess Bride by William Goldman has a ripping good story — it's better than the movie, and that's saying something — and a narrator whose literary asides will have you giggling with glee.

 

Your Next Teen Read:

 

Stardust by Neil Gaiman has a few adult plot points sprinkled throughout, but teens who loved Milo will be equally engaged by Tristran’s journey through the mysterious lands of Faerie.

 

Your Next Grown-Up Book

 

Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon is full of weird characters and curious situations. The twist: It’s all taking place in the real world, circa C.E. 1000.

 

We’re reprinting some of Amy’s summer reading series favorites from home/school/life magazine. This list appeared in our 2014 summer reading guide.