Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

Title: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Information on series:   The Land of Stories:  Book 1
Audience:   Ages 9-12
Rating (scale of 1-5, with 5 being highest:  3
TL;DR:  A fast-paced story where fairy tale characters and people from our world interact.

Longer Review:   It’s been a rough year twins, Alex and Connor.  Their father who told them fantastical stories to cheer them up died and their Mother has to work double shifts to make ends meet.   Their grandmother gives them a special gift on their 12th birthday, a book called “The Land of Stories”.  This book includes the stories their father told them.  They end up going into the book into the real Land of Stories where Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and many other fairy tale characters live.  In order to get back home they need to gather things like Cinderella’s glass slipper.  While gathering things they find themselves in all sorts of trouble.
This was a fun book.    How fun would it be to find out all the stories you’ve heard are real?  It was predictable in many parts but it is written for 9-12 year olds.

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley:  First book in a series.  Sisters Daphne and Sabrina Grimm find out they are related to the famous Grimm brothers and their town is full of fairy tale characters.

The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale:  First book in a series.  At Ever After High, a boarding school for the sons and daughters of famous fairy-tale characters, students Apple White and Raven Queen must choose whether to follow their destinies

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