The Great Good Thing (The Sylvie Cycle #1)
Sylvie has been a twelve-year-old princess for more 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 con...more
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 more of a story.
However, as I continued to read, I saw tha ...more
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 qu ...more
When the book is opened, everyone must scramble to their places and everyone must remember their lines. But the first rule, and decidedly the most important, is to never look at the Reader. Sylvie, a veteran at her job of being a storybook princess after being the book’s main character for upwards of 80 years and throughout many Readings and Re-Readings, nevertheless longs for something more. She has lived the same adventure so many times tha ...more
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 bet ...more
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Strangely enough, both my sister and I read it when we were young and then kind of forgot about it, only to discover it years later. It's one of those books that kind of slips the mind unless it's in front of you. Oh, /that/ book! I loved that book! What was it called?
I don't know if that's really a good sign or not, but I like it in some of the books I read--they' ...more
This is a story bursting with whimsy. From the very first sentence, the story careens off in an entirely unexpected di ...more
Like those examples it's oriented around mood, feeling and character rather than plot. That's not something you often see these days (not that I'm attack ...more
Unfortunately, it got confusing and convoluted and the more it became so, the less interested I was and the less I enjoyed the book.
I don't want to say how it become confusing because that would give spoilers.
Great premise, imaginative elements, messy application.
The idea that the characters in a book are but mere actors in a play, who still live after the book is closed is reminiscent of Toy Story, and holds just as much imagination. Plus, the main character is independent thinking and adventurous, which I love to see in heroines.
A great read overall.
Timeless, enchanting, and beautifully original. Do you ever wonder what happens to your favorite characters after you stop reading their story? Does the story live on after it is forgotten or does it fade away without a reader to bring it to life? Step into The Great Good Thing and discover the tale of a beloved cast of characters fight for survival against the tides of memory.
If you want to ...more
THIS IS A GOOD BOOK.
The plot is centered around a book character who is getting bored with her story- the old-fashioned environment the MC lives in gives the whole book a nice, comfortable feeling. The writing is very well done, from everything from the interesting descriptions of living in a book to the action scenes to the mysterious settings in the dark forest, etc.
It's the concept itself that is so riveting to me: being inside a book ...more
I was perusing the shelves at the library and saw this half pint book, which was intriguing, so i flipped through the first couple pages, and the quirkiness of it made me take it home.
This was an unexpectedly wonderful book. It was such a interestingly different story and an easy read as well.
The story starts with —– who is the character of a story. But the things is, the characters are aware of being reading, almost like someone living a play. The story continues through the ...more
The Great Good Thing is a Great Good Read. Appropriate for children grade 5+, but sti ...more
“Rawwwwk reader,” screams an orange bird. “Boook open,” groans a frog. Then the sky lifts away and an enormous face appears. This is no ordinary book and that is no ordinary face. This book is a book with a hint of a play by what the characters do and say, plus a new idea for what can happen to the characters in the book. That is why this is such a fun book to read. I should know, I’ve read this book five times.
When a person has read a book five times they are goi ...more
Sylvie has been a storybook princess for more than eighty years. Her trouble is that the story of her amazing life is never lived until a Reader comes along. It is only when the book containing the story of Princess Sylvie is opened and read that she can live her adventures in the storybook. When your life depends on Readers reading and your story is forgotten what can you do? The characters in the book begin to accept the fa ...more
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