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This Is a Good Story

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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“An imaginative and creative way of educating readers about effective storytelling and elements of style. Great for sharing one-on-one or in a language arts classroom.” —School Library Journal

“This tongue-in-cheek way of delivering the rules of creative writing is clever, and paired with Le Huche’s earnest, childlike illustrations, it seems to
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Tonja Drecker
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Setting, plot, climax and other story terms come to life when accompanied by this lively and humorous adventure.

This picture book introduces the various parts of a story--hero/heroine, setting, climax, etc--while following a girl as she writes an adventure. But sometimes, not everything runs as smoothly as it should.

To make a 'good' story, several things are necessary. By following a small adventure from start to finish, the most vital parts of a tale are not only mentioned but used in an immedi
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Who Enjoy Meta-Fictional Picture-Books
As the narrator relates the tale of Hero and Heroine, the protagonists of a story set in Setting, a young girl draws away, providing the accompanying illustrations. The narrator however, is often unsatisfied with her artwork, and in a meta-fictional twist, directs her to improve this scene and that, until finally they end up with a good story. Or do they...?

Anyone familiar with the work of picture-book author Adam Lehrhaupt will recognize the blend of meta-fictional fun (think: Warning: Do No
Kate Atherton
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
It IS a good story! Great for teaching young readers, writers and artists terminology pertaining to stories such as protagonist, climax, conflict etc. Really charming, well laid out illustrations with interesting compositions and lots of little characters to look at. I would think this would inspire kids to write their own stories and draw them on GIANT sheets of paper like the protagonist in THIS book.
First sentence: Our story begins with Hero. Or is it Heroine? Both? Yes, that works! Both. Let's try that again. Our story begins with Hero and Heroine. They live in a good town, filled with good people called our Setting. As with any Good Story, ours has a Conflict, a problem that needs fixing. And it's a good thing, too, because without a Conflict there would be no Plot. Our story would go nowhere.

Premise/plot: The narrator of this one is eager to help a little girl write a GOOD STORY.

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Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute way to introduce children to the elements of fiction. The book includes a list of story terminology at the end. I appreciate the gender egalitarianism in this picture book.

A teaching idea: Pair w/ a hero epic such as “The Odyssey” for older students.
An unnamed girl writes and illustrates a story, interrupted by an omniscient narrator who gives her tips on how to improve her Conflict, Antagonist, etc. Very fun way to introduce story elements.
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thirteen year old read this one aloud tonight and it was a hit.
Jul 29, 2017 added it
Shelves: picture-books
Lively introduction to the elements of a story.
Cindy Hudson
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Telling a good story means knowing how a story builds, with a protagonist, a plot, a conflict and more. Children often learn the elements of storytelling in school, where they have to write for classwork. But what if they could learn it earlier, in a way that makes them think of storytelling as fun? That’s the idea behind the picture book by Adam Lehrhaupt, This Is a Good Story.

The story begins with a girl creating a picture book with a hero and a heroine who live in a good town filled with good
A fun story on how to write a story - Lehrhaupt introduces a boy and girl who team up write a story going through the key elements including the protagonist - a hero and a heroine (to keep them both happy) and a fantasy plot develops as they identify the setting, the tension, the climax etc in a story about a town that is attacked by an evil overlord. Expressive, childlike illustrations are a perfect to compliment the child storytellers.

This is a clever book that would prove useful in the classr
Sheri Hoyte Books
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun book that encourages young readers and future authors to write their own stories! The author takes all the elements of a story (setting, conflict, plot, etc.) and weaves them into a story about writing a story.

Overall I absolutely loved this book. It’s fun, it’s creative and will inspire the imagination of budding young authors! The age range listed on this book is 4-8 years. I’m thinking kids at the higher end of that range will enjoy it more, though the younger ones will de
Here’s a fun picture book to use as a way to teach about the parts of a story. With colorful, childlike drawings and humorous text, the narrator of the text directs the writer/illustrator to create a “good story” with a hero and a heroine and a conflict. From there, the book seems to take on a life of its own. This could serve as a good mentor text to help young writers develop their own good stories.
Carol Royce Owen
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here's a great story to help teach the elements of a story such as setting, conflict, plot, climax... (the book includes a glossary of the elements taught). This coincides with a child writing a story with a hero and heroine, and as the story unwinds and the protagonist is introduced decisions are made to improve the story and keep it moving forward. Cleverly done. ...more
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z_17, picture-books
While this is definitely a book that'll get used by teachers (tell your friends teaching story elements), it doesn't leave that awful "ugh, this was written to use for projects" taste in your mouth. It's useful but it's fun and funny! It's for kids and they'll like reading it.

Great illustrations. Successfully shows how multiple attempts/drafts are necessary when writing. Yep, good stuff.
Amy Goldstein
In this clever book, the narrator guides an unnamed girl as she writes a story. Using words like setting, plot, character and climax, the reader is introduced to elements of a story. In the end, a satisfying story is told with room for a possible sequel! This book reminded me of Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This would be a great book to support children's creative writing highlighting the essential part of a story (i.e. characters, setting, climax), while also showing the importance of feedback and revision. ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
This introduces the elements of a story through a girl drawing/writing a story, with liberal breaking of the fourth wall.

It talks about heroes and heroines, plot, conflict, and setting. Protagonist and antagonist are defined at the end, but not in the text.
Amy Hurrell
This Is a Good Story is a lovely way to introduce elements of creative writing to young children, the ingredients to be able to write their own really good stories. A wonderful way to encourage creative minds.
Jo Oehrlein
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A book to teach some of the beginning vocabulary of literary analysis -- hero, heroine, setting, plot, conflict, and climax.

We see a girl creating the story, with some backtracking. The narrator appears to be separate from the girl and give her advice/corrections.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This Is a Good Story is a brilliant way to introduce students to story elements. A little girl who is writing a story explains, as she goes, how to add elements like setting, plot, conflict and climax to make a story a really good story.
Fantastic for 1-3 graders.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
The book was clever, but fell flat for me. The protagonist is trying to tell a story, with setting, plot and characters. It might work in a classroom setting....but not for a sit at home read a loud.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't know. It's simultaneously too much text and too little. Not sure how this would work as a read-a-loud. ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute fiction picture book with a pretty good introduction to how stories work, or as the title implies, how good stories work.
Kristina Jean Lareau
A good story with entertaining illustrations. This is a great book for discussion about writing and story elements.
Brenda Kahn
This is fun (never-too-old-for-picturebooks) way to introduce/ review the elements of storytelling in any LA class.
Ms. Jeane
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really good teachers book because it teaches what plot, setting, conflict, protagonist (although they say hero or heroine in this book) and much more!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let’s review the elements of a story! :-)
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would be a great mentor text to support students in writer's workshop. ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I liked the introduction of story elements. Wish the heroine had a more prominent role. Also wish the author was defined.
Could be useful as mentor text for important elements in story-writing with students.
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Adam Lehrhaupt is the award-winning author of Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, Please: Open This Book!, Chicken in Space (A six book series: Book 2 Chicken in School lands June 20, 2017), I Will Not Eat You and the upcoming I Don't Draw, I Color (March 21, 2016), Wordplay (July 2017), Idea Jar (Fall 2017), and This is a Good Story (Spring, 2018). He has traveled to six continents, performed on Bro ...more

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