12. “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster & “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
It’s the playfulness of The Phantom Tollbooth that wins over its readers (and, really, it’s one of the children’s books that warrants revisiting), and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust captures that same sense expertly. When Tristan Thorn embarks on a quest to find a fallen star, he encounters witches, elf-lords, a captain of a flying ship, and all manners of eccentrics that will stay with the reader long after the book is finished.
Do you agree these were good compliments? What did you think of the books themselves?
Note: I have linked my reviews to each of the respective books as the titles in the beginning of this post. Also, if you have not read the books, I will likely have spoilers below so watch out!
Forget “Stardust” being a grown up version of “The Phantom Tollbooth”, I think both are books that could be enjoyed extremely at any age. In same ways I’d even argue that “The Phantom Tollbooth” is the more sophisticated of the two. Both books can be read at a superficial fantasy level if that’s what you’re in the mood for, but alternatively both books can be read deeper. Each recommends you grab life with two hands firmly and to make the most of it.
I’d highly recommend both books and I think they’re a fantastic pairing so I don’t have much more to say! Definitely give either a try if you haven’t gotten to them yet.