The World of the Wazzlewoods: A Fern & Dale Fairy Tale
What in the world is a wazzlewood? Fern and Dale find out when they move to Cream City and discover a magical world full of adventure. Join them as they make new friends, encounter enemies, and learn to see things, not as they seem to be, but as they are. The World of the Wazzlewoods is a children’s chapter book, ideal for lower grades (2nd-4th) and fun for the whole family as a read aloud. Illustrated by Edward Riojas. Book 1 of the Fern & Dale Fairy Tale series.
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE WORLD OF THE WAZZLEWOODS
Too often our obsession with traveling and becoming ‘enlightened’ cosmopolitans causes us to forget the magic of our own backyard – Bramwell’s work rhymes with Chesterton’s assertion that “To conquer [foreign cities] is to lose them. The man standing in his own kitchen-garden, with fairyland opening at the gate, is the man with large ideas.” Wazzlewoods encourages us to find the beauty and fairytale magic in our own communities, thus enlivening a sense of local pride.
Wittenberg Academy, teacher of philosophy, literature, and history
Whittling and redwoods make for a magical combination in this book, set in a real town, and now I want to visit! Ferndale, California, also called Cream City, sounds positively charming! If I’m ever nearby, we will be sure to visit, especially the Firemen’s Park and the Golden Gait Mercantile. 🙂
This book lets you introduce children to local magic in a way that stimulates imagination and appreciation. Instead of spells getting a child to escape reality, this book uses a few magical creatures to draw out the beauty that so often already surrounds us.
Delightful details reminded me about traditions that shouldn’t be lost, including the glory of “gingerbread” houses, and fun little things like naming a dog Maggie after Ferdinand Magellan!
One great line near the end is this: “Those who have eyes to see magic also have ears to hear it.” What a neat line for a Christian to read!
This is an absolutely charming story, winsome in many ways. Geared toward early readers, it’s also great for a family read aloud. For those with young children, the most negative aspect of the book is maybe a use of “butt” once or twice. Clean and encouraging with positive multi-generational family relationships.
Great job! Very enjoyable! Keep up the good work! Hopefully including sequels in this series!
“Wonderfully written story, very inventive. Nothing else like it, and can’t wait to read of more adventures of the Wazzelwoods!
A treasure of a story for children of all ages. A wonderful tale of a magical place!
Owner of Chapman’s Bookery & More, Ferndale, CA