11 May 2012
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell; Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Alex and Connor's father has recently died - Mom is struggling to pay the bills, they've had to move from their house to a rental, and things aren't looking good. Alex is the star pupil in their class, Connor the polar opposite. On their birthday, their grandmother arrives with their (and their father's) favorite story book... only this isn't just a book, it's a Magical Passage to the Land of Stories.
Once in the book, the twins meet Rapunzel, Snow White, the Princes Charming, Sleeping Beauty, mermaids, the Big Bad Wolf Gang, trolls and other creatures we've met through the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Anderson, etc.. Their adventures in the Land trying to put together the pieces of the Wishing Spell that will (they hope) take them home take them all over the Land and into some interesting situations. What's missing is a sense of humor and whimsy, which would have lessened the sometimes "this is so clever of me!" tone of the writing.
The pacing was also sometimes off, with the start of the book very slow (and may not draw readers in) with other parts moving far too quickly. Middle grade readers may not notice that as much as they'll miss the humor.
ARC provided by publisher.