The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is a novel some consider a classic of children's literature (it was written in 1961). I picked it up after reading about it in the Children's Book-A-Day Almanac. The boy Milo thinks everything is a waste of time. One day he gets home from school and finds a large package for him. Inside is a tollbooth and a car and soon he is driving the car in another land. Tock, the other main character, is a watch dog. Milo and Tock encounter many unique people and situations. The story's appeal is all the play on words written into it, and may be better understood by adults than children. It would be a good read aloud for an older elementary students. It would also work well for a book group.