The Land without Color

by Benjamin Ellefson

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What If You Were Transported to a Land Without Color?
And the Only One Who Could Restore it Was You?

When Alvin gets a mysterious pack of gum for his birthday, he of course blows a bubble as large as he can. But when that bubble carries him away to a far-off land where everything is gray, he’s in for the adventure of his life, and more than a little danger.

Because he’s the only one who can restore the Kingdom of Color to its former glory. To do it, Alvin has to battle man-eating plants, outsmart the bumbling Crimson Guards, cross the Sugar Dessert, overcome the two-headed dragon, and find the color-stealing goblins. It’s dangerous. Scary. Impossible! But it’s the only way to restore color to the kingdom.

In the multi award winning, The Land without Color, Benjamin Ellefson has crafted a middle grade tale full of fantasy and wonder that will capture young reader’s minds, as well as their hearts.

“This is Alvin, son of Jack. He has traveled from a land beyond the Kingdom of Color. He is here rescue the princesses and restore the color to the land.”

– Permy the squirrel, The Land without Color


Alvin is an average boy who loves to play games and use his imagination. But when his parents give him a pack of never-popping gum, he embarks on an adventure that’s beyond his wildest dreams. Blowing an enormous bubble, Alvin finds himself floating high above the clouds until he finally lands in a strange world where everything is gray—the trees, the animals, and even the people. As Alvin explores this ironically named Kingdom of Color, he learns about the color-stealing Goblins and sets out on a journey to rescue the Princesses and restore color to the land.


Permiella is the daughter of Graytail of the Red Berry Forest. Permy, as her friends call her, always likes to be prepared. Learning from her wise father, she follows the squirrel ways and buries acorn pails filled with anything she might need later. And it’s a good thing she does, for many years into the Great Grayness, she still has a good supply of canned fruits and vegetables waiting to be eaten. Now she waits for the right time to share her saved bounty.


Ronaldo P. Mouse is a field mouse of Vegetable Valley. Long ago, he and his family discovered the secrets of the color drains while searching for food. Since then, he spends his days in the Marketplace of Color trying the spread the word about eating nutritious, homegrown fruits and vegetables. But in the hustle and bustle of the market, few people listen to such a little mouse.

King Fabian

King Fabian is the wise ruler of the Kingdom of Color. Since the Great Grayness befell the land, the kind and generous King has been helping his people by giving free ice cream and candy to all of those who can’t grow their own color. However, the great stress of the gray plague made the King’s skin green and wrinkly, and when the Goblins attacked and kidnapped the twin princesses, Gwendolyn and Sapphire, he changed completely into a giant painted turtle. Now he leads the elite Crimson Guard, hunting the color-stealing Goblins while providing the only beacon of color in the gray land.

Princess Gwendolyn and Princess Sapphire

Princess Gwendolyn and Princess Sapphire are the twin daughters of King Fabian. Gwendolyn rules from her tall tower in the Red Berry Forest, and her sister Sapphire rules from her tower in the Vegetable Valley. These young girls are loved by everyone throughout the land. Ever since the beginning of the Great Grayness when were each kidnapped by the Goblins, the Crimson Guards have been scouring the Kingdom looking for them. Now they are waiting to be rescued from the hands of the color-stealing Goblins.

General Droww

General Droww is the son of Will the Great, the hero of the Color Wars. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Army as son as he could. With his victories in the Great Sugar War, he became the youngest General in the army. After the war, King Fabian charged him with creating the Crimson Guards and the Royal Police Force. However, he grew discontent, and left after thirteen years to create the Color Factory. No one has heard from him since.

Old Lion

The Old Lion is a hero of the Great Sugar War, having served under General Droww. An enormous beast with golden fur and a thick brown mane, he stands almost twice as tall as the average man. With a mouth large enough to swallow anyone in a single bite, he is a gentle soul that lives to protect the weak and keep peace. After a falling out with General Droww when he created the Color Factory, the Old Lion disappeared.