The Land of Stories

The Land of Stories

Book 1, The Wishing Spell

Book - 2012
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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.
ISBN: 9780316201575
Characteristics: 438 pages :,illustrations, colour map ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Wishing spell


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Sep 29, 2020

This old playaway only works on the right side and the left side rattles on and off.
The story plays completely though. Interesting play on fairy tales giving characters personality, it starts a series of 5 'books' that should be played in order. Great escape for even adults.

Sep 19, 2020

The Wishing Spell is an entertaining twist on the well-known fairytales, as the author Chris Colfer is able to effortlessly interconnect them. It features twins Alex and Connor Bailey as they adventure through the Land of Stories while simultaneously working their way back home. I would recommend this for elementary and middle schoolers (I read this in 5th grade myself). There’s a lot of interesting world building in this first book, but through later books the author adds on more ideas and problems, which helps it expand on the world that he describes. Colfer also brings up side-stories that will help make the reader wonder how they will ever be resolved. If you read The Wishing Spell and enjoyed it, binge-reading the entire series is a good idea!

Aug 25, 2020

This book is about twins being given a fairy-tale book by their grandmother on their birthday but they had no idea their fairy tale book would give them passage into a world where all fairytales are real. The rest of the story is about how these two siblings try to find their way home while meeting fairy-tale characters and escaping the Evil Queen. It goes into fairy-tale characters' backstories and what happened after. It gives a new twist on fairy tales and makes you think about alternate realities where stories aren’t really stories. I really enjoyed the integration of different fairytales I grew up reading about being in one book. This book took me on the journey of a lifetime. It transported me to another world and it made me feel like I was there alongside the characters.

Aug 18, 2020

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, by Chris Colfer, is an imaginative and unique story with relatable main characters, named Alex and Conner. The two characters are twins but are not very similar. Alex is very studious and loves learning,
while her brother Conner is much better at making friends. Through their grandmother's storybook, Alex and Conner are transported into a world full of fairy tale characters. In this world, however, it seems only a few years have passed
since the typical endings of the stories. For example, Cinderella is about to be a mother, and Goldilocks is a wanted criminal. Alex and Conner travel through this new world with the help of a notebook that has instructions on finding
a wishing spell to get back to their world.
This book is amazing. From the amazing plot to the relatable characters and dialogue, this book is a page-turner. I would recommend this book to kids in third grade and older. I would be able to reread this book over and over again.
I think anyone can enjoy the story since the author is amazing at creating a unique world.

Aug 14, 2020

land of stories is probebly the best siries i have ever read. i pretty sure the only bad thing about this book is that its not 10,000 pages😊

Jul 25, 2020

In the book, “Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell”, by Chris Colfer, two twins named Connor and Alex go on an adventure to another world. The twins, who grew up reading, breathing, and surrounded with fairy tales, are astonished to find that the fairy tale book that their grandmother gives them, the “Land of Stories”, is actually a portal to the fairy tale world. When they travel inside, they find themselves in the fictional world that they grew up knowing so much about. But their exhilaration quickly turns into panic and fear when they realize that they are lost in a world they don’t recognize at all. Then they realize that they don’t know how to get back either! They quickly meet new friends, and come face-to-face with lots of familiar characters. Then, they learn that the only way back is to complete the wishing spell, which requires certain items that belong to certain fairy tale characters. Going on a scavenger hunt all over the fairy tale world, they have lots of fun and encounter lots of danger. This book is great, because it contains iconic fairy tale characters, and develops them further, also talking about what happened after their original story. This book is very humorous, and is recommended for anyone looking for an entertaining read. Surprising revelations along the way bring suspense and action into the story, and the author does a good job making the story flow. All the fairy tale characters are put together in a way that makes sense. Recommended for people ages 10 and up.

Jul 13, 2020

Alex and Conner Bailey are twins who receive an unexpected gift from their grandmother. At first, it may seem like an ordinary book but they soon discover that it’s a portal to a fairytale world beyond anything they could ever imagine!

This book is amusing and it has well-known characters in a unique story. I would recommend this book to someone looking for a lively adventure through a fantasy world.

Jun 12, 2020

This book is Funny,Brilliant,and totally AWESOME. I read it like five times.

Jun 10, 2020

I loved this book so much! I enjoy Chris Colfer's humor. I can't wait to read the next in the series!!!

Jun 10, 2020

I love The Wishing Spell. I first read it when I was about 10, and read the final book in the series when I was 13. I would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 9 and 14. It’s an amazing book about twins who go to The Land of Stories and meet the characters from their favourite fairy tales. I love reading about what happens to the fairytale characters after their stories end. I always imagine what happens after I’ve read a book, and it’s amazing to read about. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy and fairy tales. 4/5 stars
@ToastieTaco of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Can you imagine jumping into a book and meeting the characters you read about as a child, because for 6th graders Alex and Conner Bailey, this is about to become a reality! The Wishing Spell, Book #1 of the Land of Stories, written by Chris Colfer, is an amazing book with an interesting storyline. This book may be intimidating to start reading for some people because of its long length, but you will not be able to put this book down after you start reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it was very easy to follow along with the story while still being very detailed and in depth. I also liked how this book allows you to read about your favourite childhood characters in a new setting and environment, but in a less childish way. If you would like to see the classic fairytale characters you loved as a child, but do not want to read the same books or watch the same movies again, then this is the perfect book for you! I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 rating.
@Rose of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

As a kid I didn’t enjoy books very much, especially not long ones like the land of stories but I’d heard lots of good things about the book so I started reading it. I absolutely loved this book right away because it was so entertaining and easy to read, I recommend it to those who don’t like reading very much and need to or to anyone who has a hard time reading because its very easy to understand what’s going on. I loved that this novel had a bit of everything such as adventure, romance and fantasy. It’s a very exciting book with twists and yes, it has a happy ending as every fairy tale should. 3.5/5 stars
@Celine of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The Wishing Spell by Author Chris Colfer is the first book in the six book series called The Land of Stories. It's warm, heartfelt, and imaginative. Twins Alex and Conner are transported to the world of fairy tales, where they meet such characters as Goldilocks, Cinderella, and Snow White, all living new lives and playing a role in helping the kids get back home. There are some villains in the book, from wolves to the Evil Queen, and a number of wicked characters. I really enjoyed reading The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell. I found it very imaginative and descriptive, so much so that I felt like I was really there walking alongside the main characters. I would recommend it for ages 9+. 4/5 stars
@GymGirl of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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May 30, 2017

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Jul 11, 2016

Alex and Conner two twins have always been interested in fairy tales, however things take a turn in their normal lives when on their birthday their grandma gives them a book that turns out to be a portal to another world; so they go on a dangerous and daring adventure in the other world full of fairy tail creatures piecing together clues of how to get out and how it is possible they are there.

Jul 08, 2016

When Alex and Conner's Dad died they never thought they'd be happy again. Then on their 12th birthday they discover things they never dreamed possible. With a new adventure around every corner you'll never expect what to find.

Jun 26, 2016

A daring adventure in a world of fairytales

Aug 24, 2015

The book is about two kids that fall into a storybook and go on an adventure.

Jul 20, 2015

This book is about two twins who have lost their beloved story-telling father and end up with his book of stories, they get lost in the book and need to figure out how to get home. Will they make it?

Jul 16, 2015

the first book in the series!!! Alex finds out the book her grandmother gave her is the a portal that can be opened through magic. Now the twins are on a quest to find a wishing spell to go home, but is someone else on the way to find the spell too?

Jul 12, 2015

Twins Alex and Conner Bailey accidentally travel into their grandma's old book and end up in the land of stories. together they face lot's of challenges collecting the wishing spell items that might be able to bring them home. but the evil queen seems to be after the spell too and she will do anything to keep them from using it.

Jun 05, 2015

In The Land of Stories, Wishing Spell, twins Alex and Conner receive a heirloom book from their Grandmother, who is usually away travelling the "world" with her older friends. Little do they know the book contains a magical world. When Alex falls through the book, her brother jumps in too and they journey around the magical land. Through meeting a talking frog, the wicked witch, and Cinderella, The Wishing Spell is an amazing book i would recommend to any fantasy-lover.

Jul 23, 2014

it is a book about two kids who go on an amazing journey through the land of stories which is in a book there grandmother gave them

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Oct 12, 2020

"PERSONAL?! You making me an outlaw and stealing my best friend wasn't personal?!"

Apr 02, 2020

“But what the world fails to realise is a villain is just a victim whose story hasn't been told.”

Aug 20, 2019

"I've never read a book so fast!" - Jaece

Dec 03, 2015

"A Villain is just a victim whose story hasn't been told." -The evil queen. Most inspirational quote ever.

Aug 24, 2015

"Alex imagined what it would be like to be a character in her own fairy tale: the forests she'd run through, the castles she'd live in, and the creatures she'd befriend."

Jul 28, 2015

"Courage is something no one can ever take from you".

Dec 24, 2014

" I'm so glad you're alive so I can kill you myself "-Alex Bailey

Sep 11, 2014

"Someday you will be old enough to read fairy tales again."-C.S.Lewis

Aug 20, 2014

"I was just thinking," Conner said. "Alice went to Wonderland after she fell into a rabbit hole. Dorothy's whole house was scooped up by a tornado that dropped her off in Oz. The Narnia kids traveled through an old wardrobe… and we ended up in the fairy-tale world by falling through a book."

Jul 23, 2014

" you almost old enough to read fairy tales again!"

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