Phil is a student in Ms. Frizzle’s class, but only in the 1986-2021 book series. He was cut from the TV dilogy.
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- He was named after the deceased Joanna Cole’s former husband, Philip A. Cole, to whom Inside a Beehive is dedicated.
- He, Phoebe and Arnold are based off of or named after people whom Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen knew. Arnold happens to be based on a friend of Bruce Degen’s son. Phoebe is named after the editor of the book series, Phoebe Yeh (dedication for Inside a Hurricane).
- Arnold’s current design pays homage to Phil.