The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer and Illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Obtained: Book Expo America Childrens’ Author Breakfast
Release Date: July 17, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Audiobook sneak peak: Here
Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.
But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
I’m a bit too old for children’s books, but I’m never too old to appreciate a good book about fairytales! Twins, Conner and Alex Bailey, fall into the Land of Stories when they are gifted The Land of Stories book by their grandmother. Whoa, wait, what?! AND they find out that their favorite fairy tale characters are REAL.
This is quite the fascinating children’s novel! I enjoyed hearing about the backstories of these characters more than anything else. Especially when it came to the Evil Queen, Snow White’s stepmother.
There were lines that seemed kind of preachy as far as “moral of the story” goes. They are good morals, I’m sure, but it was a bit too forward. Kind of like in Arrested Development when the George Senoir hires his one-armed friend to scare his kids… “And that’s why you always leave a note!” I guess it goes along with the yippy-skippy-ness of the book. It’s not a dark book at all, it’s about ADVENTURE and WONDER! And getting back home, of course!
Overall, it’s a pretty decent book! Some of it was a bit juvenile for me, but I think that may be because I’m 24 and this was written for kids who are probably around 8-12 years old. If you do fit in that age group OR you just love a little fairytale in your life, get this book. It’s quite the adventure!