Teen Book Review
Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Pub 7-2012, Little, Brown, $17.99
This book you are about to approach is called The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer. I hope that, when you get this book, you will love it the same way I did. I also hope that, in this book, you will have the same happy approach I have.
In this book, two normal kids have a Grandma and Dad who used to read stories to them from a book called The Land of Stories. When these two children (twins – Alex and Connor) get older, their Grandma gives the book to them. Alex reads some of the stories and wishes she were there. The two children get sucked into the land of stories but after that happens, can they get back home?
I really liked the Land of Stories because it points out a few things in fairy tales that you might not have understood, and it makes sense of them. Like, I never understood how three princesses could marry Prince Charming. In this book, it says that all three Prince Charmings are brothers called Chance, Chase, and Chandler. They have a brother who they think died, called Charlie.
I also liked how, even though this book is fantasy, the characters still have feelings. Like how Alex cries when a witch tells them a sad story, and how, when they get sucked into the book, they don’t know where they are, and the characters feel scared.
An interesting part was when they made Snow White’s evil stepmother sound nice. They said that, when she was younger, she was left on someone’s doorstep and they had to raise her. She liked them, and she fell in love. On the day of her marriage, the enchantress came and said “she is my daughter”. The townspeople did not have proof that she was not the enchantress’s daughter, so they had to give her up. The enchantress made her a slave but she found her true love at last, and they began passing notes to each other. The enchantress noticed and put her true love in a mirror, and the evil stepmother spent her whole life trying to find a way to get him out. She could not find someone with magic strong enough. Her heart was broken.
I hope what you read today will change your feeling for fairy tales, and will make you want to read this book as much as I did. I hope it will help you want to learn more about fairy tales, and I especially hope that you will read and love The Land of Stories like I did.
- Luisa P., 8