Half way through last year we decided to add another component to Lily’s bedtime routine by choosing a children’s chapter book and reading a chapter from it each night.
So far we have read a couple Kingdom Keepers books, “The Secret Garden,” the two books that comprise “Bednobs and Broomsticks,” and many more.
Our most recent book was “The Land of Stories,” by Chris Colfer (yes, the same Chris Colfer that starred in “Glee”).
This first book, “The Wishing Spell” is one out of five and follows the story of two twins, Alex and Connor, who fall through a mysterious book that transports them to a place where all their favorite fairy tale characters live including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks, Snow White, the Evil Queen and many others.
The problems arise when the twins have to assemble all the items that are needed for the wishing spell to get them home. Finding these items is easier said than done because they are the hallmarks of famous fairy tale characters like the spindle from Sleepy Beauty, a gem from Snow White’s coffin and more.
Can they make it in time before the Evil Queen tries to cast the spell first?
We enjoyed the book a lot.
It was nice that a lot of classic fairy tale characters were included in the book and it was a great journey story that followed the twins through the different lands that comprise the land of stories.
A map has been included in the front of the book. (I am a sucker for a book that has a map in the front.)
We really enjoyed the book. It had a great story and message and it was really engaging.
The only downside was that the chapters were a little long for our purposes (it made for a late night if we read an entire chapter sometimes) so we solved it by splitting some of the chapters into two nights.
We are reading the fourth “Kingdom Keepers” book right now, but after it we are going to read the second book in the series.
Have you and your kiddos read any great books lately? Leave your comments below.