Parents need to know that The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by Glee’s Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt Hummel), is warm and heartfelt, as well as imaginative. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell brings readers on a thrilling quest filled with magic spells, laugh-out-loud humor, and page-turning adventure. Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer – review. ‘I found it so imaginative and descriptive that I felt I was there’. Poppy Fri 6 Mar.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want chrjs Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. Spe,l the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of won 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.

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.

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What age group is this book aimed to? Will I like it? Tobreth Hansen This is just fun reading – for the record I am Is this in our school library? Kadence yes but Kaitlyn has checked it out. See all 64 questions about The Wishing Spell…. Lists with This Book. Aug 24, Wishiny HaileyinBookland rated it it was amazing Shelves: Such a quick and engaging read.

The Wishing Spell

I loved how all the fairy tales I know and love were incorporated into the story. I actually listened to the audiobook, which is ccolfer by Chris Colfer, and it really enhanced my reading experience.

I will admit, Cilfer found the writing at times to be a tad lackluster, but that was mostly a problem with showing vs. I think this is a series I will definitely be co 4. I think this is a series I will definitely be continuing! View all 29 comments. Nov 06, Lola rated it it was amazing Shelves: Who ever said an actor cannot be an author?

Well this was such a lovely surprise. The world that Chris Colfer introduces us to is filled with magic, charming creatures and familiar names of princesses, princes, fairytale heroes and heroines.

For my middle grade reads, I look for 1. Where kindness is not questioned and unceremoniously reciprocated? I enjoyed every second of my time with this book. View all 19 comments. Jul 26, Jazz rated it did not like it. I’m not getting my hate on just to hate. I’m getting my hate on because this book was the most painful reading experience I have ever had.


I didn’t think a book could irritate me so much that it would result in a terrible weight in my chest, but it did. Colfer’s prose is cliche and redundant from the first page.

His sentences are short and simplistic with no signs of imagery or depth. Instead of showing emotion and action, Colfer opts to tell you what the characters are feeling as blandly as possible.

We don’t feel the rush of falling through a book into a magical land. Was an editor assigned to this book?

I think the editor might have been a cat with narcolepsy. Had The Wishing Spell been written as a straight up parody of faerie tales, it would have been a successful piece of writing. Conner notes that compared to the Pevensie children climbing through a wardrobe, and Dorothy being whisked away to Oz via twister, falling through a book was pretty boring.

I had to laugh at the latter because I was thinking the same thing, and the former because it was a clever way to portray how modern children would react to villains from old stories they knew well. Colfer does not engage with faerie tales in a meaningful way.

Alex and Conner debate over the messages of the stories at the start of the novel, but by the book’s close they only come to the conclusion that the stories have made people happy for years. They do not recognize it is important for these stories to have multiple interpretations, and that there is no correct meaning.

The original characters are flat archetypes–single mother with a heart of gold, slacker boy, smart uptight girl, the perfect grandma is endlessly supportive and offers financial support. Colfer turns beloved faerie tale characters into ineffectual twits. Even his semi-interesting version of Goldilocks is reduced to petty name calling when she discovers a betrayal.

Snow White shouts in the prologue, and it is said that it was the first time she had ever raised her voice. A woman whose stepmother tried to murder her four times never raised her voice before speaking to her stepmother in a dungeon? Colfer also paints Snow White as the paragon of virtue. Though he thanks the Brothers Grimm in his acknowledgements, Colfer ignores the ending printed in their stories in which Snow White makes her mother “dance” in red-hot iron shoes at her wedding.

Even the good guys can be cruel, which would have been something wise to impart to readers, but he made the disappointing decision to gloss over it. All of the scrapes Alex and Conner find themselves in are easily solved through helpful adults whom have no problem sacrificing themselves for two annoying kids they just met. This plot device is irritating not only because it is repetitive, but also because Conner feels perfectly comfortable insulting and walking all over the people he meets.

As soon as they get to the Land of Stories, he designates a frog-man as Froggy rather than letting the frog-man establish his own identity. Alex waffles between being the responsible one and chrs no common sense. How does a bookworm manage to climb Rapunzel’s tower without any mountain climbing gear?

It seems Colfer changed the characters to suit his whims as he went on. The twins mostly storm from kingdom to kingdom telling spel monarchs that they suck at being monarchs unless they’re busy being good wives and mothersand solve simple problems for them that make the faerie tale characters seem like jokes rather than complex figures. The land of stories is not a Hogwarts, Narnia, or Oz–both terrifying and delightful. It is pretty much just terrifying and miserable. Why would anyone want to go there?

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Furthermore, why would a child want to read about such an unhappy place? Watch Fushigi Yuugi instead. View all comments. Dec 26, Jan 18, Vanessa rated it really liked it Shelves: And all of that at just 22 years old? I understand how some people might be a bit skeptical in regards to Chris Colfer’s actual writing talents, but the truth is – the guy just seems to be a natural-born storyteller, and it doesn’t matter which medium he uses for it. Wishinb first novel, “The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell”, is thd first book in what will become a series of novels about twins Alex and Conner Bailey.

For their twelfth birthday the twins’ grandmother gives them a book that has been in the family for a long time – a collection of fairytales called “The Land of Stories”. But as Conner and Alex soon find out – this is no ordinary book! When Alex accidentally falls into the book and Conner jumps after her, the twins find themselves in a world that is at once familiar and foreign – familiar, because they’ve spelk up reading stories about the kingdoms of this fairytale world; and foreign because suddenly they are faced with the aftermath of “Happily Ever After”: Goldilocks is a wanted fugitive; the big bad wolf may be dead but his pack is very much alive and hellbent on revenge; and the evil queen that almost succeeded in murdering Snow White has escaped from her prison.

Desperately trying to find their way home the twins start gathering a number of magical items in the hopes of successfully performing “The Wishing Spell”. On their journey they meet many of the characters they’ve known since childhood along with numerous magical creatures. But Alex and Conner ths not the only ones looking for the ingredients for the Wishing Spell, and what started colefr as a kind of scavenger hunt quickly turns into a race against time Chris Colfer has a very vivid and descriptive style of writing that I personally liked very much.

Whether he was describing castles, quaint villages or the dungeons of the Troll and Goblin Territory – it all came to life right before my eyes, and I could see every scene like a movie in my mind. Conner and Alex were both likable and endearing lead characters. Where Alex is a too-smart-for-her-own-good bookworm, Conner is full of sarcasm.

Book One: The Wishing Spell — THE LAND OF STORIES by Chris Colfer

Despite their differences and their constant bickering and bantering – which makes for quite a few funny moments – it is clear that they have a close relationship and would never leave chria other behind.

But the twins are really just two out of a very large cast of characters, many of whom are of course already known to us from various fairytales. Personally, I have to admit I really liked Goldilocks – the girl kicked ass, so to speak If you enjoy imaginative and fantastical stories full of magic, humor and adventure then you will probably adore TLOS! It really is a wonderful story for anyone hcris has ever loved fairytales

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