Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer & Brandon Dorman

Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer & Brandon DormanThe Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories, #1) by Chris Colfer, Brandon Dorman
on July 17th 2012
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade, Siblings
Pages: 438

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they 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.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

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SHE’S BAAAAACK! I can’t believe it’s been over a year and a half since I debuted this feature with my niece Caroline! What can I say? Middle Schoolers are VERY busy people! I just couldn’t get Caroline to sit still long enough to write a review. I got a lot of wonderful comments from readers when I shared her review of Wonder and I’ve been eager to get her back on the blog for another appearance.

Needless to say, I’m pretty thrilled she’s back to talk about a Middle Grade book series that she is loving these days. Her absolute favorite show is “Once Upon a Time” and when she discovered these books she became an instant fan since they reminded her of the show. Something tells me she’s following in her Auntie’s fantasy loving footsteps. I’m so proud!


The Land Of Stories is about twins named Alex Bailey and Connor Bailey. After their father died recently they feel like they aren’t at home. Their mom is always working and their grandma is always traveling. The only place that feels like home is when their reading fairy tales.

A year or two has passed since the tragedy and finally there grandma comes for a visit. It was like old times staying up and reading from The Land Of Stories book. Before their grandma leaves the next day she gives Alex the book itself. Later Alex and Connor are enjoying the present when the book starts to hum and glow. Alex falls through the book and the twins find out it’s a portal. To save his sister Connor jumps through too. The five book series is about Alex and Connor’s adventures in the new magical fairy tale dimension and the mysteries about the Bailey family that are uncovered.

I liked this book because when reading about Chris Colfer’s twist on fairy tales it was fun to see the comparison between the book and my favorite tv show Once Upon A Time. Most of the ideas were different and I could decide which twist I enjoyed. Every once in awhile you would come across things that were the same. Overall the books were enjoyable but it get slow at times in book one and two. I did not see that  problem in three and four. I can’t wait to read book five.

I recommend this book to anyone who has seen the series Once Upon a Time, or people who enjoy seeing different point of views. You could compare the classics to this or other fairytales
you have read over the years.

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Well, she’s done it again…and I’m so proud of my girl! Caroline’s review has me totally intrigued and I love how she compared it to her favorite show. she’s A little book blogger in the making if you ask me!


2 comments for “Caroline and the Case of the Middle Grade Book Feels: The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer & Brandon Dorman

  1. Nice review, Caroline.
    I like retellings of familiar stories.
    Good luck on your blogging future.
    Happy Reading!

    1. Sarah

      Thanks for the sweet comment! I’ll be sure to let Caroline know you enjoyed her review!

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