The Resource The land of stories : the wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

The land of stories : the wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

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The land of stories : the wishing spell
Title
The land of stories
Title remainder
the wishing spell
Statement of responsibility
Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Title variation
Wishing spell
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Contributor
Author
Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner 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"--
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Award
Blue Hen Book Award (Delaware) for Chapter Books, 2016.
Review
  • Grades 4-6 It’s been a hard year for twins Alex and Connor since their father passed. They miss his stories, especially the fairy tales he used to teach them about life, as well as soothe their fears. They know better now: life rarely has a happy ending. But then a magic book from their grandmother, a gift on their twelfth birthdays, sends the twins hurtling into the Land of Stories, where happy endings are usually expected. Their biggest concern is gathering the materials needed for the Wishing Spell, which will send them back home. So begins a scavenger hunt for some of the most recognizable symbols and characters in fantasy lore: Cinderella’s glass slippers, a lock of hair from Rapunzel, tree bark from Little Red Riding Hood’s basket, etc. Golden Globe–winner Colfer writes for an audience that will likely include plenty of teen readers (i.e., fans of Glee), and generally they will not be disappointed by the giddy earnestness of the writing, cut with a hint of melancholy. Dorman's evocative spot illustrations kick off each chapter. -- Jones, Courtney (Reviewed 05-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 18, p69)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — When Alex and Conner's father unexpectedly dies, the twins lose the person who always had the perfect story to cheer them up. Then, on their 12th birthday, their grandmother gives them the book of fairy tales he used to read to them. Suddenly it seems to come to life, and the youngsters find themselves falling into the Land of Stories, seemingly with no way to get out. Desperate, they follow instructions in a mysterious journal: if they gather eight items from various residents in the kingdoms of the Land of Stories, they can complete the Wishing Spell and have one wish granted. After scaling castle walls, diving deep into the home of mermaids, and meeting characters from all of the beloved fairy tales, they are stymied by the Evil Queen, who has escaped from Snow White's dungeon. With the hope of using the spell gone, the twins appear to have no way home until they meet Fairy Godmother, their own grandmother. In a way, they find comfort from their grief over their father's death when they realize that they have been following his journal and that he grew up in this land. The writing quality in this adventure is inconsistent and detracts from the fast-paced story. The deep sadness of the twins comes through, but they are somewhat one-dimensional, since Alex is so much the nerd and Conner, the class clown. The plotline, however, pulls readers in and is entertaining, and Colfer's passion for fairy tales shines through. Turn to Adam Gidwitz's A Tale Dark & Grimm (Dutton, 2010) for higher-quality writing in a recent fractured fairy-tale novel.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA --Clare A. Dombrowski (Reviewed September 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 9, p140)
  • It’s hard not to love a book dedicated to the Glee star’s grandmother, who gave him this early advice: “Christopher, I think you should wait until you’re done with elementary school before worrying about being a failed writer.” In this entertaining if a bit overlong first novel, 12-year-old twins Alex (a girl) and Conner fall into their grandmother’s cherished book of stories and arrive in fairy tale land. The only way to get home is a convoluted scavenger hunt that requires them to collect eight tokens from various fairy tales—Cinderella’s glass slipper, a lock of Rapunzel’s hair, etc. The ending is never in doubt, but it’s a difficult journey as the twins meet the Big Bad Wolf Pack, are enslaved by trolls, and kidnapped by Snow White’s evil stepmother. Colfer gets off many good lines—Conner’s dialogue especially sounds like quips Kurt Hummel might make, as when the twins swim across an icy moat: “Wooo! It’s so cold, I think we may be twin sisters now.” The nifty ending ties the plot’s multiple strands up while leaving room for further fairy tale adventures. Ages 8–up. Agent: Rob Weisbach, Rob Weisbach Creative Management. (July) --Staff (Reviewed April 30, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 18, p)
  • Celebpub collides with fairy-tale redux in this unsuccessful debut. Alex is enraptured with fairy tales and soaks up her teacher's lessons on their universal truths. Twin brother Conner, on the other hand, falls asleep in class. On their 12th birthday their grandmother gifts them her treasured Land of Stories, a book their late father often shared with them. Predictably, they fall into the book and encounter all the fairy-tale characters, albeit some years after their happily-ever-afters. Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Rapunzel are now queens, while Jack (of beanstalk fame), Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood are embroiled in a fierce love triangle. Alex and Conner must collect eight fairy-tale items in order to return to their world, all while being pursued by a snarling wolf pack in the employ of the Evil Queen, whose life Snow White has spared. Unfortunately, Colfer's prose, though sincere, drowns in bizarre imagery and trite phraseology. A Curvy Tree is saved from loggers because of its "uniqueness." Alex wants to be in this fairy-tale world because it is "where good things [come] to good people." Conner, upon learning that he is part fairy (grandmother = fairy godmother), "sarcastically" opines that "[t]he guys at school can never hear about this." Cardboard characters and awkwardly episodic situations result in a poorly manufactured tale. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2012)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10132260
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1990-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Colfer, Chris
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
720L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.C677474
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
Reading level
5.0
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Dorman, Brandon
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Land of stories
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Grandmothers
  • Books and reading
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Magic
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Twins
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The land of stories : the wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
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Copyright
Note
  • Sequel: "The Land of Stories :The Enchantress returns" /by Chris Colfer
  • Color map on folded front endpaper
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
438 pages, 1 folded-out page
Isbn
9780316201575
Lccn
2012007258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, color map
Label
The land of stories : the wishing spell, Chris Colfer ; illustrated by Brandon Dorman
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Sequel: "The Land of Stories :The Enchantress returns" /by Chris Colfer
  • Color map on folded front endpaper
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
20 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
438 pages, 1 folded-out page
Isbn
9780316201575
Lccn
2012007258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, color map

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