A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Adventures from the Land of Stories, first released as a boxed set in 2015, includes two short books supposedly written by characters in Chris Colfer's Land of Stories series. Readers who don't know this particular version of Red Riding Hood and Mother Goose from the series are going to be really confused almost at once. In the course of delivering her multi-century, multi-world backstory, the hard-drinking, hard-gambling Mother Goose romps through history, from having romances with Leonardo da Vinci and Henry VIII to giving really bad advice to Marie Antoinette, finishing with a march in a marriage-equality parade. In a bizarre interlude, Mother Goose distracts a bunch of kids dying of the Black Plague by reciting nursery rhymes. (They die anyway, but she finds her calling.) By contrast, the Red Riding Hood book, "written" by the most over-the-top, self-absorbed character in the series, is often hysterically funny as Red instructs her fans on the fine points of ruling (e.g., "Peasants Are Like Pets"), with mangled advice from Machiavelli to Hamlet. In the series, she's romantically involved with the Frog Prince, so here she offers a tale of how her subjects objected to interspecies romance, and what she did about it.
What's the story?
Characters from Chris Colfer's best-selling series share tales, advice, and mangled history in ADVENTURES FROM THE LAND OF STORIES. Self-absorbed queen Red Riding Hood and hard-living Mother Goose -- bearing little resemblance to their traditional versions, let alone anyone's role model -- are frequently hilarious and occasionally risqué as they romp through The Prince, the Black Plague, and other unlikely terrain.
Is it any good?
Fans of Colfer's best-selling fairy tale series will be right at home, and often in stitches, with this kitchen-sink barrage of double entendre, advocacy, over-the-top characters, and pure looniness. Others, especially those who wander into this Land of Stories series sidetrack expecting something a bit more traditional in the way of fairy tales, are going to be very, very confused.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the new spin on old characters Red Riding Hood and Mother Goose in Adventures from the Land of Stories. Do you think this is fun, or do you think authors should leave these characters alone?
Does getting fractured history and literature as interpreted by Mother Goose and Red make you want to find out what really happened?
How do you think these books compare with the main Land of Stories series? Do they add anything you like?
- Author: Chris Colfer
- Illustrator: Brandon Dorman
- Genre: Humor
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Brothers and Sisters, Fairy Tales
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Publication date: November 24, 2015
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
- Number of pages: 256
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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For kids who love humor and fairy tales
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