We read "The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell," by Chris Colfer (Little, Brown Books). This book is the first book in a new series.
Alex and Connor Bailey are twins who could not be more different in most ways. Alex is a studious girl. She loves school and does everything to please her teacher. Connor is not so thrilled with school. As a matter of fact, he sleeps most of the time in school.
Alex and Connor live with their mom, a nurse. One thing that Alex and Connor have in common is their love of fairy tales. They have a very special book of fairy tales that has very special powers. Throughout this book, they enter a land of fairy tales. They come face to face with many of the fairy tale characters that they grew up hearing and reading about. They meet witches, goblins and trolls.
Alex and Connor's main challenge is getting back home. It's not as easy as they thought it would be. We loved this book. It was filled with imagination and adventure. We look forward to reading the sequel. This book is great for anyone who likes fairy tales and adventure.
We also got to meet author Chris Colfer recently. Besides being an author, you may recognize him from the TV series "Glee." He stars as Kurt Hummel. We asked him a few questions about his book.
Do you see any similarities between the book and your life?
Yes, because Connor and Alex, who are kids in the book, are pretty much me. If I were a pair of twins, it would be me. Connor's kind of my sarcastic, witty side, and Alex is my Goody Two-shoes, tries-to-please-everybody side.
How and why did you decide to write the book?
I decided to write the book when I was about, I want to say, 8, 9, but at the time I couldn't write very well because I was 8. And so I decided to postpone it until I was older. I figured I could do the story more justice if I wait[ed] until I was older.
Did you like fairy tales as a kid?
Yes. I love fairy tales. I'm kind of obsessed. Like borderline weird obsessed. Because I loved all the Disney movies, and I collected VHS's in my room, and I would love reading stories and then finding out the differences between like the Disney movies and, like, the real fairy tale. Like for instance, in the real "The Little Mermaid," the one that Hans Christian Anderson wrote, the Little Mermaid doesn't have a happy ending. She dies in it. So that was quite shocking for me. I was heartbroken to find that out. But it's fun finding out that stuff.
Do you have a say as to the price of the book?
I do not. No, I don't set the price. I'm glad I don't, because the price of the book would be $50 a copy. It would be real, real more expensive than what they want. I'm joking, of course.