The World of the Wazzlewoods


by Rev. Tyrel Bramwell

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Fern & Dale Fairy Tale #1. 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 perfect chapter book for young readers (grades 2-4) and great as a read-aloud. Illustrated by Edward Riojas.

What people are saying…

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.

Emily Cockran
Teacher of philosophy, literature, and history at Wittenberg Academy

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. 

MAry J. Moerbe
Author, deaconess, and blogger

Like S.D. Smith’s The Green Ember, this book has the cozy feel of a story a dad might tell his children on a car ride. This one, though, is a much simpler tale. The very short chapters would be helpful if your kids are still learning to sit through read-aloud time or if you want a quick prequel to bedtime.

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