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Readers will learn the roots pand some classic fairy tales. One of Alex’s pet peeves is the modern tendency to sugar-coat the fairy-tale stories and radically change them, adding cuteness, sunshine, and butterflies and losing whatever lesson the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen were trying to teach.
The twins here learn and apply the fairy tales’ lessons in their quest. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell offers strong messages about how family members love and support one another, despite their differences, and how those differences and special qualities help the kids confront new situations.
Different characters come to the rescue in unexpected and ingenious ways. Conner and Alex are believable kids with their own strengths and weaknesses and positive role models in their support of each other, as well as in the bravery and creativity with which they solve problems. Their mother’s and grandmother’s strong, loving support and their late father’s bond ,and his children are solid and sustaining.
Characters they meet along the way, notably Froggy the giant spellbound amphibian who comes to their rescuealso show courage and helpfulness.
The kids are sometimes in peril, comic and otherwise, in encounters with assorted monsters and villains, including wolves, trolls, and the Evil Queen and her henchmen. While the kids don’t suffer any real harm, many of their enemies come to a violent end in mishaps or combat. Parents need to know that The Land of Stories: Twins Alex and Conner are transported to the world of fairy tales, in which they meet such characters as Goldilocks, Cinderella, and Snow White, all living new lives and playing a role in helping the kids get home.
Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer – review | Children’s books | The Guardian
There’s some fleeting danger to the kids at the hands of assorted villains, from wolves to the Evil Queen, and a number of wicked characters come to a violent but not graphically described end. There are a few a few instances of mild flirting. Add your rating See all 11 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 36 kid reviews. Life has been hard for brainiac social outcast Alex and popular slacker Conner Bailey, sixth-grade twins, since the death of their beloved father.
They’ve lost their home, and their mother has to work long hours to support them. Their grandmother visits when she can and colfwr granddaughter Alex the family’s heirloom book of fairy tales. One day, Alex and Conner fall into a scene in the book and find themselves in the land of fairy tales. The landscape is strangely familiar from their father’s stories, but they must deal with a giant frog, trolls, and wolves, as well as many princes, princesses, heroes, and villains, in their quest to get home again.
There are also revelations about well-known characters and how they’re coping with their lives — for example, it wasn’t so easy for Cinderella, as a non-princess, to fit in at the palace, and there’s a romantic tragedy in the Th Queen’s past. Books that imagine fairy-tale characters outside the bounds of their own traditional stories are popular these days; The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and Storybound come to mind.
Families can talk about why authors keep returning to the characters in fairy tales for new stories. What makes them so compelling? What do you think of the situations that Colfer places his fairy-tale characters in after their happily-ever-after endings?
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Stay up to date on new reviews. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. User Reviews Parents say Kids say. Parent Written by rosiegirl November 27, It is true that books that take a new look at characters are popular these days.
But this is not a well written one. Adult Written by tlclibrary August 26, Page Turner This is an awesome book! My son Ryan really enjoyed it!
I never knew Chris Colfer, a main character in glee, chriw write. It was an very exciting and overall go Teen, 13 years old Written by BriarWindslow April 24, Of Giants and Ice only got three and the Sisters Grimm series only four?
I barely got th Written by Anonymous October 24, Well done Chris Colfer!! You can tell Chris Colfer actually did his research on the actual original Grimm’s Fairy tales for this story.
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