The Phantom Tollbooth holds its own against similar, but more widely recognized, classics (think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wind in the Willows, and The Little Prince). This is a great book to introduce young readers to the concept of wordplay, and is especially good for visual thinkers with short attention spans. This was the only book my brother would read when we were little. Now he makes special effects for infomercials and bad movies that air on the SciFi Channel. This is still his favorite book, though he has also come to appreciate Cormac McCarthy. I guess that about sums up getting old.