***The Great Good Thing
by Roderick Townley
Reviewed July 29, 2003.
A Richard Jackson Book (Aladdin Paperbacks), New York, 2001.
A Texas Blue Bonnet Master List selection.
A VOYA Best Fiction Book.
A Top Ten Children’s Book Sense pick.
$4.99 on Amazon.com
Have you ever read a book in which the characters seem to truly live?
Roderick Townley takes that idea and tells us about the life of a character
in a book.
It’s been so long since their book has had a real Reader that Princess
Sylvie almost doesn’t get into position on time. She breaks an important
rule and looks up at the Reader. Later on she learns that if the
book is left open, she can find her way into the Reader’s dreams.
Unfortunately, this particular Reader has an awful little brother who likes
to play with matches….
Thanks to my friend Shannon for recommending this book to me.
It was a good story, with delightful characters. Sylvie, as a book
character, has as great a task to complete as any she found in her original
I found my enjoyment of the book a little tainted by my tendency to
try to wrap my mind around the logistics of living book characters and how
that would work, or not work. I’d like my nine-year-old son to read
it, because I don’t think he’ll be bothered by such difficulties. It
is a fun story and a fun idea, especially if you don’t think too hard about
the details. I like the idea that authors can create characters who
We have the sequel at Sembach Library, Into the Labyrinth,
so I will soon let
you know if it is as delightful as its predecessor.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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