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Review of “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell”

 
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spellland of stories
By Chris Colfer
Published by Little, Brown Young Readers
448 pages

When twins Alex and Conner Bailey turn 12, they receive an heirloom gift from their grandmother – a book called ‘The Land of Stories.’ The book has fairytales, and when Alex and Conner were younger their father and grandmother would read to them from the book. But little did they know that this fairytale land that they grew up reading about is not just fantasy, but a real world in another dimension.

Soon, they find themselves falling into the Land of Stories. Literally! Yes, right into the book. Once they get there, Froggy (he’s sort of a giant frog that walks like a human) tells them that their best bet home is to cast a Wishing Spell. But, to complete the spell, they must go on a journey to gather eight magical items. Apparently, it’s only been done once before. On the adventure they narrowly escape a witch, giant wolves, being enslaved by trolls and goblins, and much more.

But the evil queen, who once tried to kill Snow White, has escaped from her prison and is also trying to complete a Wishing Spell. It seems that the spell can only be used twice in forever, which means it can only be used once more. Will Alex and Conner be able to use the Wishing Spell and go back home, or will the queen beat them to it?

Although they are twins, Alex and Conner are very different. Alex is a super-smart bookworm girl, while Conner is a sarcastic kid with not the best grades in school. They are very different; pretty much their looks are all they have in common. When they are on their adventure in the Land of Stories, for example, Conner wants to get home as soon as possible, but Alex seems to be more adventurous and wants to take time to explore the different castles, forests, and other places that she has read about in the fairy tales. But even though their personalities are so different, they still get along great.

I really like this book because it has lots of adventures and a bit of humor. I especially like Alex’s quick thinking when they encounter problems. The book could have a little more description about the castles and places that are described, but other than that I think it’s an excellent book.

This is the first book in a series of four. I’ve already read the second and third books and they are just as good, if not better!

I think kids who like adventure and fairytales, ages 9-12, will like this book.

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