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Into the Labyrinth

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

OK, but not as good as The Great Good Thing.

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Roderick Townley takes the intriguing premise of The Great Good Thing into cyberspace, with mixed results. The story of a fictional character moving easily book, dream, and now computer is fascinating. But the logical holes in the concept have grown wider and more noticeable.

What do the characters do when more than one person reads at the same time? The words seem to be physical objects over which they can trip, yet the story seems to be set in the illustrations. And some of the computer details, such as firewalls and cookies, seem to be backward. The kind of bright, book-loving children who will have wanted to read this sequel may be annoyed by the inconsistencies even as they are enthralled by the idea, but this provides fodder for thought and conversation.

Book Details

  • Author: Roderick Townley
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: April 12, 2004
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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