I’ve been reading The Wishing Spell (Land of Stories, Book 1) by Chris Colfer (yes, that Chris Colfer) which seems to be amassing a pretty big fan base. When the first book came out and was popular I’ll admit, I chalked it up to being written by a Glee star. But even the fourth book, Beyond the Kingdoms, has an average 5 star review with almost 2,000 reviews on goodreads.com (and it just came out in July). I decided to check it out, figuring it might also be something my kids would get into. Here’s the description from goodreads.com:
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.
So I’m linking up with What Are You Reading Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Its A Reading Thing. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.
The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?
Here’s an excerpt from page 34 of The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer:
“Because they figured it was unusable,” Mr. Bailey answered. “You could never make a table or a chair or a cabinet out of it. You see, The Curvy Tree may have felt different from the other trees, but its uniqueness is what saved it.”
This is a story that the Bailey twins were told by their dad as a sort of lesson about not being worried when you feel like you don’t fit in. They heard this story (and many others from their grandmother’s beloved book of fairy tales) all the time and it often elicited an eye roll but I think it’s kind of fantastic.
I haven’t decided yet if I’d like to live in the Land of Stories or not. It sounds like a potentially dangerous place to live from what I’ve gathered from the six chapters I’ve read so far – but I suppose the real world is just as dangerous in different ways and in the Land of Stories, I’d get to meet all the fairy tale characters I grew up reading about. That would be a hard thing to pass up. If I can bring the family, count me in!
So what have you been reading?
2 responses to “What Are You Reading Wednesday: The Land of Stories, Book 1”
Are you reading this book with your kids? Is it appropriate for a 5 or 6 year old boy? I’m always looking for good read aloud books. 🙂
I haven’t been because I wanted to check it out myself before handing it over. So far it’s not inappropriate but the first couple chapters talk pretty extensively about how their father had died recently and how the twins and their mother were struggling with it. Made me tear up a bit. I’m only 6 chapters in but I think my 9 year old would like it – I’m not sure if my 6 year old would have the attention span to listen to it or not (but if your kiddo does well with long read alouds, then I think it’s appropriate so far – if a bit sad).