The Road to Dictionopolis

A 2001 interview with Norton Juster, the author of The Phantom Tollbooth.

Miller: Where did the tollbooth come from? It’s such a lovely blend of the magical and the mundane.

Juster: It was exactly what you say: I was looking for a rabbit hole sort of thing, but I wanted it to be in contemporary terms. I was thinking about what was a common experience for children that was a transition point where something changes. It seemed to me that almost every kid has been in a car going through a tollbooth.