The phantom tollbooth, by Norton Juster (1929-)
When Milo finds a surprise package in his room, he unwraps it to find a tollbooth with a passage to another land. There he meets Tock, a ticking watchdog, and the Humbug, a reluctant guide (or so he says). They journey north together to free Reason and Rhyme, to princesses who are relied on to keep the land from confusion.
THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH is a amazing book, filled with tales from another land. It teaches you of the importance of many things, for example words, numbers, and most importantly, TIME.
Reviewed by Ava from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 10 years old