I can't remember how old I was when I first read The Phantom Tollbooth, but I was a lonely tween or young teen who spent a lot of time retreating into books. The feel of Milo's adventures, and the image of him "eating his words" stuck with me for years, even as the specific details of the story blurred.
I recently had the enjoyment of sharing this old favorite with my 5th grade son. We read together, taking the time to look up the wonderful vocabulary and explore the way Norton Juster plays with words. While some of the puns and playing with synonyms might be lost if you were just listening, I recommend The Phantom Tollbooth as a wonderful read-aloud/read-along.
The one book I finished as part of #WWReadathon and #48HBC