Sylvie Had An Amazing Life, But She Didn T Get To Live It Very Often Sylvie Has Been A Twelve Year Old Princess For Than Eighty Years, Ever Since The Book She Lives In Was First Printed She S The Heroine, And Her Story Is Exciting But That S The Trouble Her Story Is Always Exciting In The Same Way Sylvie Longs To Get Away And Explore The World Outside The Confines Of Her Book When She Breaks The Cardinal Rule Of All Storybook Characters And Looks Up At The Reader, Sylvie Begins A Journey That Not Even She Could Have Anticipated And What She Accomplishes Goes Beyond Any Great Good Thing She Could Have Imagined


10 thoughts on “The Great Good Thing

  1. says:

    Sylvie had an amazing life, but she didn t get to live it very often. Sylvie is quite literally a character She s a princess A daring and dashing heroine And, most importantly, she s BORED She only gets to live her story when a Reader stops by and she s had to go through the same exact story for eighty years. Her father the King and her mother the Queen are also trapped like thisonly, they don t mind it They love the order and peace that comes from a story well performed Sylvie longs for action and adventure for stories where the the ending isn t known and where the criminal aren t just members of her court playing a part Then one day, Sylvie explores to the edges of her book and with a deep breath, leaps out of the pages and into the world.This book just blew me away I love the story, within a story, within a story aspect I laughed, I teared up, this book was simply fabulous I need to find a copy The sun shines Readers read. Blog Instagram Twitter


  2. says:

    Surprise I finished my first 2018 read on the first day of the year This is a cute, sweet story A refreshing, clever and fantastical take on what happens to book characters and how stories are created and last in the mind of readers I would say this book is very appropriate for children who are getting into reading chapter books, or maybe working toward middle grade books It isn t complex or heavily written, but it includes language that is well above a beginning reader, especially with some of the sentimental concepts introduced.I would like to warn that the are a few moments that death of elderly people is discussed It isn t in depth, and it is handled delicately, but I figured it might be good to know that the subject matter is there in case a young reader has questions or is sensitive to it.A solid 4 out of 5 bitchin stars from me I am holding onto my copy for my future children


  3. says:

    Knji ica koja mo e da se pro ita za sat dva i istovremeno je namenjena deci od recimo osam, devet godina i njihovim majkama bakama koje e je verovatno itati kao solidno turobniju pri u.Taunli od samog po etka barata vrlo uspe nim obrtom u pri i o pri i ne samo da njegovi junaci, likovi de je knjige, imaju ivot nezavisno od zapleta, ve se njihovo bivstvovanje u Knjizi organizuje na principu malog pozori ta koje je ve ito na gotovs ako italac otvori Knjigu u sredini, svi likovi moraju da se polome ne bi li na vreme stigli do svog mesta na strani i krenuli s recitovanjem teksta ako italac itateljka prstom pritisne mesto gde je stala, pritisnu e jadne lopove uz plo nik ako zatvori knjigu nasred poglavlja, dok princezu guta vrtlog, princeza e lepo da ispliva i dohvati pe kir koji je uredno oka en izvan vidokruga.Iza tog ljupkog ali na du e staze oskudnog koncepta jeste drugi, znatno ozbiljniji o tome kako se pri e prenose iz jedne generacije u drugu, kako se menjaju i na koji na in u njima i dalje ive majke, bake i poneki nastavnik geometrije.Tako da je kona ni utisak nekako dvostruk, s jedne strane knjiga je ak preterano penu ava i vazdu asta i lagana i nekako proleti bez traga kao pa kao okoladna bananica a s druge strane nudi klasi nu spoznaju o prolaznosti ivota i besmrtnosti du e koja je, mislim, dovoljno jasna da se poneko osetljivije dete od ovoga smori a da ne zna ta no za to.I da, moram re i da je izdanje koje sam ja itala stvarno predivno dizajnirano, i da su pazili da ima upravo onakve plave platnene korice kakve ima i Knjiga u knjizi, i prelom je bo anstven, sa rasko no velikim marginama ba prava Knjiga, da osetite milinu ve zato to je dr ite u rukama.


  4. says:

    Great premise, and a wonderful beginning.However, after that it wanders hither and yon, an interesting character and a clever notion in search of a plot They never really find one.Pre teens may enjoy it older kids will probably prefer a story with of a story.


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    I am going to admit that by the time I got mere pages into this book I had become quite depressed At the time I read it a year or two ago I was well into the later drafts of my OWN book, The Word Changers, and felt than a little terror at the thought that what I had BELIEVED to be an original idea characters being alive in their own story had already been taken If you re a writer, you may have experienced that same terror before not fun.However, as I continued to read, I saw that this story was much different than my own Yes, the characters are alive and basically live their own lives while the pages of the book are closed Yes, they have to re enact their story each time someone reads it But those two rather broad ideas were where the similarities between this book and my own ended This book is for a rather young audience Age 8 and up, I d say It s full of wonderful adventure, surprises, and stakes that will make any child want to stay up all night reading it I delighted in reading it, myself, and I recently found a used copy that I bought for my own which is what prompted this rather late review of it I think my 8 yr old son will love reading it purely for its premise and intrigue, even if it DOES cast a princess as the main character I recommend to anyone, any age, who enjoys a story with the mystery akin to The Secret Garden, the childlike charm of Winnie the Pooh, and the quirky whimsy of The Princess and the Goblin In short, a true children s classic.


  6. says:

    I vividly remember being sick with a terrible fever during Christmas break back in fourth grade, and cracking this book a Christmas present from a teacher on the couch as I rode out my light headedness When I finished the novel, I though I had dreamed it Like Italo Calvino for kids, this book treats the fourth wall as a very real construct, bridging the gap between a fictional book and a nonfictional world As a writer and an actor, even today I have fond feelings for this book and the way it made me think about writing, and reading, like new.


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    The Great Good Thing is the title of the book, the storybook within the book and the deepest desire of the story s main character, Princess Sylvie, to do some great good thing We read this delightful children s fantasy tale back in 2002 as a family and I ve never forgotten it In The Great Good Thing the book s characters come to life as soon the covers of the book close Although not a novel idea, it captured my imagination at the time and I enjoyed it on this reread, although perhaps not quite so much Princess Sylvie and her fairy tale family know their places and their lines There are the king and queen, jester, ladies in waiting, thieves and all the usual assorted court personalities Their greatest problem seems to be that they have very few readers any Sylvie thinks she has an answer for this when an even greater disaster befalls the residents of the book and they find themselves in search of a new home New homes present new difficulties Now resident aliens in someone s mind, the story characters rely on the person s dreams to maintain their identity not the most ideal arrangement under the best circumstances How our heroine saves her story for another day is worth discovering A fun book for any lover of books.


  8. says:

    Such an adorable little book The world was fantastic, and it was such a breeze to read.


  9. says:

    4 STARS


  10. says:

    Twelve year old Princess Sylvie s storybook kingdom really is a storybook, where nothing ever changes, even the character s mad scramble to reach their places whenever the book is opened, until Sylvie discovers she can enter new worlds with the Reader, and find new adventures.I fell in love with this book upon reading the first line Sylvie had an amazing life, but she didn t get to live it very often I immediately identified with the character, as would many teenagers However, traveling between the two worlds and adhering viewpoints, time, and change is demanding for the reader The story may be put down and, ironically, the greatest fear expressed by the characters vanishing realized unless there is an absolute buy in by the reader I would recommend this book only to the intermediate to advanced reader.Interest Level 4th 8th Age 10 14yrsGenre FictionSubject FantasyFrom School Library JournalGrade 4 7 The characters in a fairy tale are also the major characters in this novel, and they become involved in the lives of its readers Within the pages of a storybook, 12 year old Sylvie, a princess, refuses to consider marriage until she accomplishes one Great Good Thing, and goes off to aid several animals in distress Sylvie also violates the cardinal rule of storybooks and looks her Reader right in the eye, establishing a lasting bond with her She lives the role of an adventurous heroine, rescuing her story when Claire s brother sets the book on fire She ventures in and out of Claire s dreams In hazy transitions, the story moves to a subconscious level with all the book characters only alive in the oral retelling, eventually in danger of being forgotten Numerous supporting characters float in and out of the scenes Claire s menacing brother her grandmother the original Reader who gave her the book and, eventually her daughter Lily, who saves Sylvie s story from disappearing However, the movement of characters in one person s dream or waking world to the mind of another is difficult to follow or swallow This is an extremely clever and multilayered concept, but one has to question the child appeal, even among the most ardent fantasy fans Most young readers will lose interest in this book long before its admittedly happy conclusion.Debbie Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MIFrom BooklistGr 4 6 When it comes to fairy tales, it s hard to find much new under the sun But try this Princess Sophie lives inside a book called The Great Good Thing with her parents, thieves, a prince, the usual suspects When the Reader opens the book, the story begins, and Sophie plays her spunky role Unlike the other characters, however, Sophie has an adventurous spirit that leads her outside the margins of her book In that other world, she befriends the Reader, a girl named Claire, the granddaughter of the first Reader, who is old and ill Years later, as Claire is dying, Sophie must find a way to implant herself in Claire s daughter s memory so the characters of the book can survive Sophie is a dynamic character who stays true to her fairy tale roots even as she literally pushes the boundaries of her world Less successful are the human characters it seems their role is to show the impermanence of the temporal world, not a natural topic for kids What s most interesting here is the concept Townley sets a difficult task for himself He must maintain the integrity of the storybook world lights must go on when the book covers close, and one dimensional characters must still show some life and at the same time, integrate the storybook characters into the real world He mostly succeeds, but even when he doesn t, it s fun to watch him try Ilene Cooper