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 fairy tales.
“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 Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Hardback: 438 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 17, 2012)
Series: The Land of Stories #1
Chris Colfer’s The Wishing Spell is a magical creation that I feel is well worth getting excited about. The Land of Stories really comes to life from the very first page and gets better the farther you get into the story. The adventure aspect of the story is magical, fun, exciting and full of thrills. I found myself wanting to join Alex and Conner and experience the adventure with them. Alex and Conner experience so many amazing things on their adventure, like meeting Cinderella, the Frog Prince, etc etc that you can’t help but read this book in one sitting.
The beginning of the story when Alex falls into the book, with Conner not far behind, quickly takes you back to your childhood. Colfer took the most beloved fairy tale stories and added them to his own brilliantly constructed adventure. It’s an adventure that will surely remind readers what it was they loved about these fairy tales in the first place. And maybe give them something to be excited about once again.
The Bo Peep Family Farms scenes are definitely amongst my favorites. They are a phenomenal example of the beauty and imagination this book holds. Here are a couple of examples of my favorites:
“Among the many stores and shops were the Henny Penny Bank, Jack Horner’s Pie Shop, and the Pat-a-Cake Bakery. The Shoe Inn, just adjacent to the main town, was a boot of gigantic proportions turned into a working hotel. In the very center of the town was a grassy park that hosted several memorials and monuments.”
Sir Humpty Dumpty’s Wall
You Were a Good Egg and Shall Be
Missed By More Than Just the King’s
Horses and Men.
Rest in Pieces
It’s obvious that I love love love this book and wouldn’t mind devouring it again really soon. I may not be a fan of Glee but I’m 100% sold on any book Chris Colfer puts out from now on. This is the perfect book for reluctant readers – wait what am I saying – it’s perfect for readers of all ages. The illustrations are fabulous too. The only bad thing about The Wishing Spell is that it ended and we have to wait so long for the next book in The Land of Stories series.