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The Land Without Color

(The Land Without Color #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Lost in a strange land where everything is gray, Alvin must find the true color thieves to save the princesses and restore the color to the kingdom.

Floating into the air with an enormous gum bubble, Alvin lands in a strange world where everything is gray. The trees, the flowers, the dirt, the sky, the animals, and even the people are all missing their color.

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Paperback, 168 pages
Published December 15th 2015 by Beaver's Pond Press
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Taryn Rydell
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a surprise as I don't read kids books, but I found myself constantly smiling as I turned the pages. It's great to know there are still books out there being written for children that are wholesome and inspiring. This is a good book for kids and I will be turning my nieces and nephews onto it. ...more
Whispering Stories
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Brandon and his friends had gone fishing but they soon realised that no-one had brought anything to cut the fishing line with. With his Grandpa living a few houses away the group mounted their bikes and set off to borrow a pair of scissors.

Grandpa Alvin was gardening when the group turned up. Alvin told them he had something better than scissors for cutting the line, he had a pocketknife that had been given to him by his Great-Great-Grandfather
John Winston
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Land without Color (TLWC) is a literary Avatar crossed with The Wizard of Oz perfect for kids. It’s a beautiful book full of mystery, suspense and, adventure with a reluctant hero (12-year-old Alvin) and a Journey. At its core, TLWC promotes problem-solving and eating right: fruits and vegetables to be exact and the negative effects sugar in any form can have on you. All this occurs without being preachy and within the narrative of the story.

Great villains (dragons) and wholesome sidekicks
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had no idea what to expect with The Land Without Color. I'm a teenager and thought I might be a little old for the book, but found it hard to put down. After about 20 pages I decided to start over and read it with my little sister who is 10. We don't often get along but this book had us laughing together. Alvin is a cool hero. My sister loved him and we both thought the talking squirrel was cute. There was a lot of suspense. The book kept us guessing and we never got it right. Lol. We thought ...more
Juanita Story
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book a lot. It was a quick read with lovable characters (Alvin's the best and bravest of them all). I love books where animals talk. It was quite an adventure that kept me guessing. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series. ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hello I am a 7th grader who read the book. I wanted to give a review on it. Overall I think the book was good. Not usually what I read so it was fun to read something new. I would recommend this book to 5th grade and under or anyone who would like to read a story with a lot of imagination. So if u are interested you should really read the book.
Staci (stacisbookishprobs)
Definitely one of the most unique middle grade books I've ever read. This was a quick , easy , and fun read! The plot was fast moving and all the characters were very lovable! (My fav was permy) at times I felt like it was kinda repetitive & a little too wordy. But in the end still so much fun & im super excited to jump right into the sequel ...more
Clare O'Beara
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult-sff
This is an entertaining, amusing and enlightening book. A boy who has fun with his friends, goes to ask his granddad if he can borrow a penknife. Before making the knife available his grandad Alvin tells the story of the day he was given the knife and how the many tools and blades saved his life.

Unexpectedly stranded in a land with no colour, young Alvin only wants to go home. The first friend he makes is a talking squirrel, but she turns out to be a lot more helpful than you'd expect. Alvin ag
Benjamin Ellefson writes fairy tales that are fun for kids and thought-provoking for adults. In The Land Without Color he introduces an everyday boy, living a contentedly everyday life, then sends him, via the gift of a knife, to a very strange place. Black and white images provide visual clues to events in the tale, and detailed descriptions bring everything to life, from how to make a fishing rod to how to escape from jail. Solutions are imaginative and fun, and the contrast between real color ...more
Zoe's Human
The story concept of The Land Without Color is amazing. It's unique and fun. There's even a delightful twist at the end. The moral messages are excellent, and the technical writing is solid. The illustrations are great.

But ... it lacks that magic something that truly connects reader to story. It reads more like a nonfiction description of events by a writer doing their best to be totally unbiased. There's just something flat about it to the point where it is tedious to read despite being an amaz
Tere Fredericks
I received a free copy of this book, in ebook format (in other words, I did not read the paperback), in exchange for an honest review. What I will write below will be honest, but I cannot give this book enough stars. An absolutely brilliant story!

While this book is for children, it is wonderful for adults who read to children as well. The ebook is illustrated, and that adds a lot to the reading of the book. It is a book that can be read by an adult over and over without wanting to throw it out a
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 7-10 year olds
Recommended to Annotaré by: author req review
Shelves: fiction, children
I don't know how to review Benjamin Ellefson because he writes like authors from yesteryear, when I was a kid, and not todays dribble that insults the intelligence of children. He gives them credit for the ability to think and doesn't shy from challenging their vocabulary—a good thing to send your kid thumbing through Webster's. Besides an entertaining book, Ellefson uses The Land Without Color to teach—like how to tie the knot in a fishing pole— something every Tomboy should know.

He teaches sag
Julie Failla Earhart
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I tried to find the email where the author contacted me about reviewing his three-book series, “The Land Without Color.” The first book’s title is the same as the series. When it first arrived, I saw that the main character (who turns out to be Alvin) was African-American and that the title referred to race. I was so wrong! This is a highly imaginative tale that was a lot of fun to read.

When the gang wants to go fishing, leaders Brandon and Steven needs something to cut the string that they will
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a cute story, with a fun and quirky plot. The main message seems to be "eat your fruits and veggies" because too much sugar will steal your color and energy, and also to always carry a pocket knife as you never know when you might need one.

I loved the characters, they were a quirky bunch with headless people, talking animals Kings and Princesses, dragons and evil snakes. I loved the comparison between eating to much junk food and losing your color/energy, making that much easier for young k
Lora Shouse
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this clever and original tale of a land where it doesn’t pay to eat the ice cream.

Brandon and his friends live in a pleasant suburb and play together outside all day long doing fun things like play Kick-the-Can, ride bikes, and go fishing. When they decide to go fishing one day and discover while they are making their fishing poles that they have nothing to cut the string for their fishing lines, they decide to visit Brandon’s grandfather, Alvin, to borrow some scissors.

Alvin lets them us
Edwin Rydberg
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
In the Land Without Color, young Alvin is given a pack of magic bubble gum on his birthday that whisks him away to a far-away land above the clouds that is without colour. There, with his trusty pocketknife and talking squirrel sidekick, he has a series of adventures in his attempt to discover the truth as to why the previously vibrant land has no colour.

The story is written well enough, and illustrated nicely, but there were some problems with it's structure that kept me from giving a higher ra
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of the story starts with Alvin's grandson and his friends.. It was confusing to go from them to Alvin … There needs to be a segue into the fact that Alvin is telling his own story.

You are what you eat! I love this! If you only eat junk food then all your colors drain. Alvin makes friends along the way in the land without color. He travels all over trying to figure out how to restore color to the world.

The ending comes back around to Brandon and his friends... Which would have been
Jennifer Zartman
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
In the tradition of L. Frank Baum, Benjamin Ellefson creates an interesting fantasy world for children. I particularly liked the two headed dragon with only one brain, but the hero meets many interesting creatures in his adventures. I also appreciated the way that Alvin thought his way out of difficulties. I lowered the rating, because I prefer my stories served straight up. This book contains a story within a story so that the main plot line is actually a backstory, and the focus shifts from th ...more
Bonnie Dale Keck
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kindle unlimited, it seems, but also freebie day or permafree; interesting, probably more so if was kid, and the illustrations, too, pay attention to those

Floating into the air with an enormous gum bubble, Alvin lands in a strange world where everything is gray. The trees, the flowers, the dirt, the sky, the animals, and even the people are all missing their color.

Confronted with the mystery of the missing color, Alvin teams up with some unexpected friends to battle man-eating plants, outsmart
Charles Ray
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alvin got a mysterious pack of gum for his birthday, and, as boys are wont to do, he blew the biggest bubble he could. That bubble floated him away and deposited him in a strange land where there was no color, and he finds himself the only person capable of bringing the color back. Of course, along the way he has to deal with a two-headed dragon, a sneaky king, and all manner of other challenges.
The Land Without Color by Benjamin Ellefson is intended for young readers, and contains, not so subtl
Kid Book Reviewer
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts: This series is truly incredible. I loved how Benjamin Ellefson was able to connect the three different books in The Land Without Color series into one truly incredible story. For example, in every book there is a different main character, however each main character is related to each other. An example of this is one of the main characters is the grandson and great-great grandson of the two other main characters. I also enjoyed all the sidekicks in this series including a talkative squ ...more
Brenda Lower
Won a free Kindle edition through Goodreads! Hooray!

So, this seemed like a strange book to me. Yes, it has good messages. Yes, it was kind of an interesting idea. To me the framing at the beginning and ending, while it could have been handled better in the beginning, was okay overall.

BUT, so many things seemed to happen when they were most convenient. Main character did SO MUCH WALKING, and not a lot of other stuff, until the very end.

Just not my style of writing. I kept thinking to myself, thi
Joe Crowe
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is fun, funny, and an absolute thrill ride of imagination.

No kidding, I got four story ideas just from reading the first few chapters.

A kid being having adventures while being lost in a freaky world is so 1970s -- I mean that as a compliment, like "Land of the Lost."

It's a terrific book for kids or anyone who at one point was a kid. Sorry, robots.

Luckily for people who will definitely become new fans, there are two more already done. I'm going to need creator Benjamin Ellefson to w
Mark Alberto
May 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Land Without Color certainly is an ambitious work, creatively imagined, that succeeds very well in drawing the reader into a fast moving adventure and a magical world. It is not short on many surprises and clever twists in the plot line. I expected that the theme was about diversity but found much more. There were many insightful sub-themes that are relevant and tie into the main theme very well. A lot is very educational as with clever allegory in an adventure written for children the autho ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Good moral lessons & unusual story but definitely too far fetched I feel to be taken seriously ie: bubblegum that lifts you up like a balloon in the clouds only to fall into a fantastical land. BUT enjoyed the imaginative ideas drawn from this & granted I am not a child so could taken the story too seriously when it is based on imagination action not facts!
Gigi Sedlmayer
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An adventure you never thought it ever could happen.
Be aware of bubble gum that is not popping.
Because of the difference, even I enjoyed reading it, even I am not a young person.
I could say more about the book, the start of the book and the ending, but others have done that. so I won't repeat it here.
Only one thing, it's a good fun read
So Alvin never made it back home?!?!
It was a fun book to read. Fast past and fun characters. Totally surprised by the true villain of the story. The whole unpopable bubble gum, taking Alvin to another world, was weird.
Kids if you want to keep your color eat your vegetables and fruits.
Carol Dawn
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, childrens-books
This was a surprise. I like to sign up for ARC of children's books to read to my kids. That's hown I base my reviews, if my kids enjoyed it. This was a bit too lengthy for my kids but I did enjoy it. I was smiling often. It was very nice and refreshing. ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

"The Land without Color" by Benamin Ellefson was written for those 8+ in my opinion. Younger readers that are mature might like it. Interesting topics that keep the reader rivited.
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Award winning author Benjamin Ellefson loves writing whimsical adventures for children of all ages.

Childhood was a magical time for him. Benjamin grew up in a neighborhood full of kids. Every day was filled with imagination, adventures, fantasy, and wonderful stories. In school he loved any project that let him explore his creativity.

When Benjamin was older, he traveled across the country to study

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