Mightier than the sword

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By Drew Callander and Alana Harrison

Illustrator is Ryan Andrews

Welcome to stop 1 of the blog tour for “Mightier Than the Sword”. I received a review copy of the book from Penguin Books to complete this review.

This book is about you! Yes, YOU! You’ve been told transported to the creative land Astorya home to the couriers. One unique thing about Astorya is it is made entirely out of stories! Oh and something about you that’s very unusual in the land of story’s is you are real. Very, very, very REAL. That also means anything you write or draw comes to life in Astorya! Your quest starts when you wake up unable to remember anything about yourself and find note in a bottle telling you rescue a man named Prince S. And that’s the start of your journey. You also meet and become friends with the couriers.

P.S. you also fight rubots, the minions of the evil queen, Queen Rulette and many other villains.

I like this book because I write some Marlins draw some things for the story and other activities. I also like the couriers skills like how Ember can throw fireballs and Manteau can mesmerize other creatures with the Weasel War Dance.

I recommend the book to kids that are very creative like me and kids that like writing activities including Madlibs and Hangman. I also think that kids will enjoy being part of the story.

In particular, I did the fill-the-blank on page 42. It is just Madlibs so one problem is you need someone else to provide the missing words or else your sentence makes too much sense. But if you get someone to do it with you, you can get a completely silly nonsense sentence. This activity repeats a couple times in the book so if you goof and do the first one by yourself you can retry with future sentences. I advise not to use pen so you can do it again.

Make sure to stop by the other reviewers to see their take of this book!


July 2 – Bridget and the Books – Review + Activity: Fill-in-the-blank (42)

July 3 – Mommy Ramblings – Review + Activity: Draw the Picture (118)

July 4 – Just Commonly – Author Q&A

July 5 – The Book Plate – Review + Activity: Maze (84)

July 6 – Lacey Does Lit – Review + Activity: Fill-in-the-blanks (45)


July 9 – Melimimi – Review + Activity: Maze (87)

July 10 – Dazzled by Books – Review + Activity: Unscramble the letters (200)

July 11 – Snowandbooks – Q&A

July 12 – Librariel Book Reviews – Review + Activity: Unscramble the letters (129)


Alana Harrison and Drew Callander have spent their lives telling stories and cracking jokes. Alana graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Comedic Writing and Performance. Drew graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Fiction Writing. Together they have created cartoons and short films with Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, and Kristen Schaal. Their work as writers and improv comedians has aired on Sirius XM Radio, NBC, and Comedy Central. Mightier Than the Sword is their first full-length middle-grade novel. They live with their baby daughter and exquisitely talented cat (neither of whom help with the dishes).


Ryan Andrews lives in the Japanese countryside, with his wife, two kids, and their dog, Lucky. A friendly Kodama or two have been known to take up residence in the giant acorn tree that shades the house. Ryan often works at his drawing desk in the early-morning hours, to the sound of rummaging wild boar and badgers, who come from the surrounding forest seeking out shiitake mushrooms and fallen chestnuts.

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