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The Great Good Thing

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Great for kids who love books.

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It has often been said that one of the great things about books is that the characters and story are there, waiting for the reader to bring them to life; in this story, this is literally true. When the book is closed, blue back-up lights come on and the characters find ways to pass the time until the next time they reenact their story.

This offbeat, philosophical little book is not for every child. Though it certainly has some action and adventure, it also introduces some big ideas about the nature of reality, mortality, dreams, and artistic creation. But for a child who loves books, thinking, and wondering it is a unique treasure, and a new way to look at the world of imagination.

Book Details

  • Author: Roderick Townley
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publication date: March 22, 2004
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 216
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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