"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster is one book I always wanted to learn more about, so this entry was a great opportunity to do so.
Norton Juster wrote "The Phantom Tollbooth" in 1960. His neighbor, Jules Feiffer, did the illustrations. Norton Juster claimed that his inspiration came from his fathers fondness for humor, and also the Marx Brothers movies. "The Phantom Tollbooth" was referred to in the critic world as "advanced for most children," which I think is true. The book has a surprisingly complicated story line, and also a lot of advanced wordplay and number theory.
"The Phantom Tollbooth" was also adapted into a movie, and several plays, which is another thing about the book that I never knew before.
Not many books have the ability to be funny, intelligent, and daring at the same time. "The Phantom Tollbooth"does.