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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

by Chris Colfer
Little, Brown and Company (Hachette)
ISBN: 978-0-316-20157-5
Suggested Ages: 8+
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Description: 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

The Good Stuff
  • I was extremely surprised by how well written it is, won't lie wasn't expecting much, but it really is well done. This youg man is a talented storyteller - no fair though - I mean seriously - the guy can sing, act and write - ah well congrats Mr Colfer very well done
  • Lovely creative twist on the various fairy tale stories
  • Some very wise observations on life
  • Delightfully funny
  • Fast moving and exciting
  • Just so much fun to read, think this will be wonderful for the young bookworm out there -- I would have adored this as a kid
  • Will be definitely recommending this one. Have already passed on my second copy to the little girl 3 doors down
  • The siblings are very likeable and act like siblings would - some of the dialogue between the two is just plain delightful
  • The illustrations in the arc are nice and my copy is signed, but I still think I will buy a copy of the finished product for my boys (had two ARC's from BEA)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • drags a wee bit at times
  • pretty predictable if you are an older reader -- but for the suggested age range it is perfect
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I've never met a person I didn't learn something from!" Grandma said. "Even the most monotonous people will surprise you. Remember that."

"What was I supposed to tell Mom when she got home? Hi Mom, hope you had a good day at work. Alex fell through a book. By the way, what's for diner? Give me a break!"

"It's Rapunzel's tower!" Alex said., and her eyes became a little misty at the sight of it.
"Are you seriously crying?" said Conner, who was still on the ground.

“The world will always choose convenience over reality. It's easier to hate, blame, and fear than it is to understand. No one wants the truth; they want entertainment.” 

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • This is the perfect book for the 8-10 yr old bookworm - it will be one of their favorites
  • Adult will get a kick out of it as well
  • Fans of Glee should enjoy as well
4.25 Dewey's

I recieved a copy at BEA and my copy is signed by Chris Colfer (Thanks to Teri and Cammy for getting me a spot)


  1. Very cool that you have a signed copy!

    This one sounds like a lovely read ... too bad that it's a little predictable for older readers, but it's nice to hear that the writing is good. I received this one by accident from Hachette and am really looking forward to reading it!

    1. Hope you enjoy - can't wait to hear what you think of it as well

  2. I'm a fan of Chris Colfer so I can't wait to read this one!! I'm so jealous that you got a signed copy!! Also, I love the way you rate books by Dewey's, very cool.

    1. Thanks! He was so sweet and personable too! I highly recommend picking it up, such a delightful book

  3. Yay I'm glad to hear this one is enjoyable. I was so iffy about it. But I love a good middle grade read so I'll move it up in the pile

    1. I was the same way - wasn't expecting much, but really did enjoy it - its obviously written for MG in terms of writing style, but still fun enough for the adults to read

  4. If you got two arcs, would you be willing to give one away?

    1. Sure if you are willing to pay for shipping it would be yours