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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

land of storiesTitle:The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 438 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION COLFER, C.

Synopsis: “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”– Provided by publisher.

Alex and Conner have had a hard year, since their father has died and now their mom has to work on their birthday.  Mom saves the day by having Grandma come and spend the day. Grandma is just what they needed, and she comes bearing all kinds of gifts. One gift is an old story book that their father use to read to them from when they would visit at Grandma’s.  Alex makes a wish when she is reading it and it starts to buzz.  After a bunch of weird things, Alex and Connor end up in a land of fairy tale characters.  They have to find a way home back to their mother.  Once they reach the fairy tale world it is one adventure after another.

I found that it moved faster once in the fairy tale world.  I love fairy tales so to see what happens to them after their stories is great.  Alex and Conner are always in some kind of trouble, that they have to find there way out of.  The cool thing is they really work through the trouble on there own.  Alex talks a lot about the life lessons that she has learned from the different tales and is a recurring theme.

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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Juv

 

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The Island of Dr. Libris

the island of dr librisTitle: The Island of Dr. Libris
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Series: N/A
Recommended for:
Pages: 242 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION GRABENSTEIN, C.  

Synopsis: A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.

 What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?

 

I really wanted to love this book, but it was ok.  I read Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and loved that book so I had big hopes.  Premise is good, I like the idea of characters coming to life.  I just couldn’t get into this book.  Two of my sons loved his last book, but neither of them finished this one.  I have tried to put my finger on why, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2015 in Adventure, Juv

 

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