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The Wishing Spell: The Land of Stories, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Captivating, imaginative story of kids in fairy-tale world.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 7+

Boys are dumb, smart kids are friendless

The one-dimensional characters were really off-putting for me. The two main characters are boy-girl twins. The boy is unintelligent, but very popular! The girl is very intelligent, but so unpopular at school that when presented with the option of never returning to her home and family, she strongly considers the option. Because the characters are so one-dimensional, and because there are no other characters for a young reader to relate to, I felt uncomfortable with the take-aways. Boys are dumb. Girls are smart. Dumb kids have friends. Smart kids don't have friends.
3 people found this helpful.
age 8+

Awesome book

The best book ever. Beginning is a little slow but get so much better

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (98):

There's a real, heartfelt warmth to this book's characters and their situations, as well as the strong sensibility of an adult who hasn't forgotten the joys and the terrors of childhood.

Books that imagine fairy-tale characters outside the bounds of their own traditional stories are popular these days; The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and Storybound come to mind. But author Chris Colfer says that the story lines and characters in THE LAND OF STORIES have been evolving in his mind since he was 10 years old, and it shows -- in a good way.

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