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THE LAND OF STORIES: AN AUTHOR'S ODYSSEY (BOOK 5)

THE LAND OF STORIES: AN AUTHOR'S ODYSSEY (BOOK 5)

Fall 2016 Audio Book
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Hachette Audio
CD Price: $25.00
Review:

This is the fifth book in the bestselling series from author and actor Chris Colfer. For readers familiar with the series, he can do no wrong. If you're new to the series, you can start at the beginning, or start here; you won't be disappointed either way.

Twins Alex and Connor Bailey, the series' protagonists, have encountered a number of sassy adventures, with the likes of Goldilocks, the Queen of Hearts, Cinderella and Captain Hook, among many others, through their magical ability to enter and exit actual fairy tales. The stories are infused with Colfer's wry sense of humor, which is appealing to both kids and adults.

In "An Author's Odyssey," the twins find their way into the Land of Stories through short stories Connor has written himself. The premise is clever, adventurous, and there's not a single dull moment.

Colfer has narrated each one of his books, which is a treat. As an actor, and with the added advantage of knowing the material, he lends his stories the perfect touch. His pacing is spot-on, it never drags. He's truly a delight. The inside jokes are a combination of classical fairy tale material, and contemporary culture, and they come a mile a minute, yet not at the expense of the storyline or characters.

"An Author's Odyssey," like the rest of the series, is good old-fashioned rollicking fun, with a spirited modern twist.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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