If you, like me, wiled away childhood hours reading about the witty quest for the princesses Rhyme & Reason in The Phantom Tollbooth and have fond memories of the story, get excited. The Brooklyn Historical Society is screening the documentary The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations on Thursday night, May 1.
The Phantom Toll Booth, written by Brooklyn native Norton Juster, tells the story of Milo, a boy bored with the world around him and his adventure into appreciation of the things taken for granted. The 2012 documentary The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectation explores the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of the beloved book, and its clever story of puns and idioms.
Before the screening, Juster will be signing copies of the book along with Brooklyn-based children’s book author Jon Scieszka (The Stinky Cheese Man). After the movie, stick around to see Scieszka interview Juster. Be sure to get your tickets to the 6pm screening quick, as seating is limited and only $10.