Read The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear Marion Arbona Online


Boy meets book.It’s not quite love at first sight, but a good little book grows on a boy, soon becoming his loyal companion . . . until, one day, the book is lost. Will the boy get back his good little book?Will the good little book survive on its own without a proper jacket? Open up this good little book to find out....

Title : The Good Little Book
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ISBN : 9781770494510
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Good Little Book Reviews

  • ❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...
    2019-05-11 21:40

    Children will like this book. Book lovers will CHERISH this book. A sentimental read for any book lover.Did I just get misty eyed over a supposed CHILDREN'S book? Yes I did. Did I get that little ache in my chest? Yes I did. Every NG friend, I want you to go out and request this book NOW. It's short but you will have all the feels. If you're not a NG member, then keep this on your TBR list! The accompanying illustrations are whimsical and perfect for this book.Remember...The moment you first became a book lover. How it changed you without you realizing it.How you read it over and over.How THAT book made you feel.What happens when that book is lost? Tragedy yes...but also how it's the very opposite of tragedy.I MUST BUY THIS BOOK. My boys can't have it, but they may borrow it. It is MINE.Thank you Random House of Canada/Tundra Books and Netgalley for a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura
    2019-05-26 21:27

    The Good Little Book says it all! The words and pictures depict and share in such a beautiful, clear, fun way why we love to read and how certain books find us in this world.A boy, who often causes trouble and gets into trouble, is sent out of the room to “think things over”. In the study, after sighing and pouting a bit, he finds the good little book. It isn’t flashy or popular or even wearing a proper jacket, but the book pulls the boy in page by page.“The book the boy thought couldn’t do anything did many things. It carried him to the deep sea and steered him towards a faraway land.It dazzled him and stumped him and made him laugh and gasp. He read it through. Then he turned back to the beginning and read it again.”The book and the boy are inseparable after that day. He brings it everywhere he goes, until the day he can’t find it. His book is gone! Missing! He searches high and low. And as the boy waits and hopes for it to turn up again, he tries other books and stories. Does the boy find his good little book? Does he move on to other stories? You're going to have to read to find out. :)“You see, a good little book never completely goes away.”That simple, little line says it all for. It’s true! Some books never leave us. They stay in our hearts and minds like long lost friends—even when we can’t find them to hold or read again.A beautiful read with pages crammed with color and animals and images that kept me reading and reading. Recommended.Why the 4 stars? (view spoiler)[ Some of the pictures and smiles gave me the creeps. *shrugs* Can’t explain it really—just a gut reaction to some of the details in the style of the pictures.(hide spoiler)]

  • Miriam
    2019-05-10 23:41

    The Boy loves his Good Little Book SO MUCH. When it is lost, can he ever love another book as much?

  • KC
    2019-05-19 20:21

    Everyone who reads, should read this book about reading... Absolutely delightful.

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-04-26 00:28

    Lots of dynamic going on between text and pictures. I kept pointing out the terrific book layout, design, and color that is beautiful and detailed, adding to the text in unique ways as a read aloud. Messages are layered with the joy of reading as a kid over and over, getting lost in a story, passing stories on to others, the culmination of literature in cultures, generosity, moving on in reading to other stories, etc. Great book.

  • Sandra Guerfi
    2019-05-20 00:14

    A little boy has been sent to his home library to think about what he's done. As he sits in a chair he spies a book and as he begins to read he becomes lost in the adventures upon its pages. When he has finished the book he realizes hours have passed unnoticed and he decides to read it again and again. Soon the book goes everywhere with him and becomes his favorite but one day he loses it and searches high and low for it. Over time he learns to love other books as well but he always remembers the Good Little Book. When he finally sees it again in someone else's hands will he demand it back or let it go. Very beautiful story about the joy that reading can bring.

  • Alexa
    2019-05-06 22:29

    I really enjoyed this and love what it's about. It's about a naughty little boy discovering to read. The illustrations are beautiful. They're colourful and vibrant and just stunning. I hadn't read a picture book in a very long time and it's such a beautiful experience. I had the pleasure of meeting Kyo this year.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-11 18:29

    A fabulous tribute to the power of books. A young boy's introduction to the wonderful world of literature. Bibliophiles will easily identify with the magical grasp and passion books evoke from those of us who are fortunate enough to relish the printed world. Great gift and coffee table idea!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-14 19:14

    As a librarian and bibliophile, I can't help but give this book 5 stars. I can relate to what the little boy feels, and I love how the book blossoms as it is shared and read by many different people (and animals).

  • Whole And
    2019-05-07 23:35

    A sweet little story to encourage the love of reading and sharing the love with others.

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-05-12 18:31

    This book will remind everyone of why the love to read. A plain covered book attracts the eye of a boy who is being punished. He is sent into the library to think, but he begins to explore and pulls the "Good Little book" off the shelf. He become enthralled. He reads it over and over. It piques his interest and he begins to read other books, but this one will always be his favourite. It was his first. The day he loses the book he is frantic. He imagines all sorts of things happening to the book, but what really happens is that others read it and love it too. He continues to read other books in its absence while always looking for it. When he sees a girl reading his book, his first instinct is to claim it as his own, but then he realizes that she should have the opportunity to read it too. Definitely a book lovers book. Wonderful illustrations will keep the attention of young readers and give you the chance to explain about the doors that open while reading.I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Amy Rae
    2019-05-16 00:25

    I can't believe I'm saying this about a Kyo Maclear book, but The Good Little Book felt merely okay to me. It was sweet, sure, and there were some nice lines about what a book can mean to a person, even if they don't think of themselves as a book person, but it felt like it went on a little too long.Marion Arbona's artwork is detailed and colourful, and she's clearly talented, but some pages worked for me, while others didn't. The colour palette as a whole didn't really appeal to me.A merely okay Kyo Maclear book is still pretty darned good, but I expected to love this one more than I did.NB: I received a free galley copy of The Good Little Book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cheryl
    2019-04-28 23:25

    Avid readers can't help but enjoy this. I get it.But that's not enough to make it a good book. It's not. It's too long, too pretentious, too pandering. It doesn't tell a story worth telling. The only bit where it got interesting was when the boy decided to let finder be keeper... but he could at least have tried to converse with the girl, maybe make friends with her... but no, readers live in and via books, I guess, and not in the real world....

  • Kest Schwartzman
    2019-05-21 22:37

    Every bit as good as it claims, plus some. This is quite possibly the best love story I've ever read; the sparrow is right, and so is the squirrel, and the raccoon? well, the raccoon is wrong. I love this book. I probably won't carry it around like the boy, but you can bet I'd be just as sad if I lost it.

  • Laura McLoughlin
    2019-04-27 00:35

    Well, this book made me a bit emotional. What a sweet story about the power of reading.

  • Carrie Gelson
    2019-05-12 02:24

    Perfectly captures true #booklove & the notion that books must be shared! And oh my what gorgeous end pages

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-05-05 22:28

    A super cute and totally true book about how books can be life changing and amazing!

  • Casandria
    2019-05-06 00:18

    Books are amazing!

  • Francis Thibeault
    2019-05-09 21:20

    Wow! Un hymne à l'amour des livres comme je les aime. La couverture externe du livre intrigue; le contenu interne nous remplit de joie. L'on décrit parfaitement la sensation que l'on éprouve lorsque l'on trouve SON livre à SOI. C'est dynamique, absorbant (l'on s'absorbe dans la lecture) et plutôt magnifique comme manière de voir la lecture. Chapeau!

  • Kelly
    2019-05-14 18:23

    Amazing. Simply amazing.It's the story of a boy who discovers a book. He doesn't think he'll like it at all. But it turns out that the book transforms his life, and then some. You need to read this.

  • Charlotte
    2019-05-17 20:12

    "Outside of a dog, books are mans best friend. Inside of a dog it is too dark to read." -Groucho MarxCharlotte loves this quote. Her eyes light up and she started to giggle. She repeated it many times over the next few days.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-05 20:27

    Truer words were never written that a good little book does stay with you.Simply delightful!

  • Michelle (FabBookReviews)
    2019-04-28 00:26

    Having had the pleasure of recently reading Kyo Maclear's & Katty Maurey's The Specific Ocean, I couldn't wait to jump into another picture book written by Maclear.I have read a number of picture books about books; ones that talk about love of reading and praise the power and memory of books. So how does The Good Little Book fare among other similarly themed picture books?Very well, I think! While, on the face of it, it may seem like we have read this tale many times before: a young boy finds one seemingly not-so-special book that becomes his literary guiding light and alters his views on reading and books. But wait! The Good Little Book is just so much more than that message. It stands up and out from the pack due to two major things: Maclear's narrative and Marion Arbona's artwork. Kyo Maclear has, I think, such an smooth and irresistible writing style in her picture books. Her narrative voice in The Good Little Book does not come across as heavy-handed or as trying too hard to impart a message. The Good Little Book reads like an adventure, a bedtime story, and fantasy all at once. Along with Maclear's text, Marion Arbona's illustrations are something to behold. Arbona's fantastical and vivid images and colours add a dimension of vivaciousness and weight to Maclear's words and so beautifully emphasize the reach and extraordinary scope of how books can impact our mind and world. Overall, The Good Little Book is lovely to read and a wonder to the eye. Maclear has written another beautiful picture book, and Arbona's illustrations are dynamic and fresh. Arbona's illustrative work is new to me and now something I will have to follow!I received this books as a digital galley from Random House of Canada Limited/Tundra Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Storywraps
    2019-05-18 19:25

    "One day a boy drifted into the study. This boy had just landed himself in trouble and been sent off to "think things over." Which he did for exactly twelve seconds. Then he began to explore."After checking out the room and finding nothing but ancient, uninteresting stuff he went to the bookshelf and withdrew the good little book, that rested there without a proper jacket. He got so engrossed in the book that he was oblivious to his world around him. He got entirely lost in the adventures and possibilities that he was reading about. As the seasons passed the good little book and he became very close comrades, inseparable really. This new found friend of his accompanied the boy everywhere he went and brought him great happiness. "Until, one day, something terrible happened...The boy lost his favourite book."The boy searched everyplace but alas the good little book was gone. The boy stressed over its possible demise and agonized over finding his friend once again. Will he finally discover where the good little book may be? He did discover that very few people have time for a lost book and could care a less how good or little it may be. Join the boy as he madly searches from pillar to post .... but to no avail, and then he has an epiphany regarding it."You see, a good little book never completely goes away."The illustrations are detailed, quirky and bold. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

  • Michelle McBeth
    2019-05-20 20:14

    SUMMARY: Once there was a good little book. It appeared ordinary next to the other books. Once there was a boy. One day he got sent to the study to "think things over." He explored and found the good little book which he promptly sat down to read..and read. He took the book everywhere with him and read it over and over again. But one day, he lost the book he looked everywhere and was devastated. Eventually, over time, he began to appreciate other stories. And the good little book ended up exactly in the right place.ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in gouache and pencil. They are lush with unique colors and show movement and emotion beautifully. There are also unique elements that children will enjoy looking at.REVIEW: Although this is a pretty straight forward story line and it is similar to The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer, there are some very unique elements that make it so very enjoyable. I like that the boy in the story is older (maybe upper elementary to junior high age) and is at first resistant to reading a book. But once he sits down with this book, he simply can't stop reading. Then it is a stepping stone to reading other books. The ending is also very sweet.AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 5-9NOTE: I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My reviews are always 100% honest based on preset criteria.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-26 19:32

    Bibliophiles are likely to cherish this loving tribute to literacy, and it may bring to mind a book that they once cherished. A young boy banished to the study is bored and eventually pulls from the shelves a good little book. He becomes engrossed in its pages and takes it everywhere. When he loses it, he searches all over the place to no avail. At first it seems nothing can replace that book, but as he branches out, he finds that there are, indeed, other good books. I loved how he decides to let the book go when he sees someone else reading as well as the reminder that books always stay with us. The gouache and pencil illustrations are interesting and imaginative and made me smile, especially the one with the girl walking down the street with her nose in a book, oblivious to everything else around her. I also chuckled at the humorous visual send-ups of the award-winning books ["Called-a-Cat Medal" (unpaged)]. Teachers and parents will probably enjoy this one more than youngsters, but I still think it would be good to share it as a reminder of the impact books can have on us. Anyone posting on Goodreads certainly already knows this. Just look at all the good little books on here.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-25 02:19

    5 solid starsWhat an enchanting "Little" book! A beautifully illustrated children's book that really celebrates that very special book that you find as a child and fall in love with. Do you remember the book that may not have been the first book you read by yourself as a child, but the one that changed your childhood? That is what this picture book celebrates. What nostalgia this picture book brought to me! I remember the first book that touched my heart as a child and made me look at the world differently and made me understand that books really do stay with you long after you have read them a first time. That book for me was Charlotte's Web. That wonderful chapter book taught me that friends come to us in the most unlikely way. It also taught me that friends come in to our lives for a reason and at times, no matter how sad or heartbreaking, also depart our lives but leave an everlasting impression.Wonderful illustrations that are colorful and engaging. A book that celebrated reading and how reading can encourage us to explore our imaginations and set us free when we need to escape. I recommend this to everyone of all ages!

  • infoqueen
    2019-05-02 21:14

    “Once there was a good little book,”—and while it wasn’t popular, and had no shiny medals or even “a proper jacket,” it still catches the eye of a little boy who had been sent off “’to think things over.’” He starts to read, and thus starts a relationship between boy and book until “something terrible happened. The boy lost his favorite book.” And although the boy searches everywhere and worries about its ability to survive (without a proper jacket), the good little book does just fine.This simple story manages to avoid preachiness about the pleasures of reading by not having the boy instantly transformed (“It didn’t turn him into a bookish boy, or improve his naughty behavior” and by infusing a certain straight-faced silliness to it (“A sparrow thought in might be a romance. A raccoon thought it might be a sandwich.”) But it’s Marion Arbona’s trippy, fantastical illustrations that really set it apart, reminiscent as they are of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” You’ll want this Good Little Book in your library.

  • drh
    2019-04-29 02:19

    A great little book A story about a boy and a book he didn't think would matter to him. Ever seen that moment in life when a "reluctant reader" finds that book. The one that just clicks.  That finally makes them forget how hard reading is-because it is (See: Proust & the Squid); that becomes their almost constant companion; that opens the world of possibility and exploration that other Readers have been trying to tell them about.  This is a book about that book.  But what happens when that book is lost...?  Lyrically written and intricately illustrated, this book has a long and glorious future in many a library collection and bedside table.  The joy of reading has never felt so uplifting.  Also a subtle lesson in book care.  Book jackets unite!   

  • Diane
    2019-05-14 22:18

    "You see, a good little book never completely goes away."Sentenced to think things over, a boy ends up in a room with nothing but books. To pass the time, he picks up a book and a relationship is born. "The book the boy thought couldn't do anything did many things. It carried him to the deep sea and steered him towards a faraway land. It dazzled him and stumped him and made him laugh and gasp." From that day forward, the book goes everywhere with the boy. Until one day he misplaces it. And though he searches everywhere, he can't find the book. "... the boy still felt the good little book had been written especially for him ... But slowly his heart began to open to other stories."A celebration of the joy of finding a book that speaks to you completely and the impact it can have.