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BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale Kindle Edition
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Peter Fischer gets invited to work at his grandfather's sweet shop, and he can't wait to try all the yummy delights. He eats one too many treats and is transported to a magical town where everything is made of candy! Unfortunately, he finds "candy" enemies. Thankfully, though, he finds "candy" friends. Even better, he finds out that his grandma was probably there a long time ago. Then the most interesting part; his best friend from the human world has also been transported there! How did that happen?
Author Crystal Marcos does not leave us "hanging", but perfects a clever way to tell us more. However, all too soon, his adventure ends. No time to worry about that though! Another one springs up, requiring more skills than before.
Crystal Marcos provides a moving tale to help us learn to forgive, no matter how hard it is. Although this is her first book, she displays through it her startling ability to teach a difficult matter in a fun and appealing way that children will understand. Kids will want to read this book over and over again! Reviewer ~ Cecilia Lee, Allbook Reviews
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I liked the Candonite people, the peppermint cat, and the marshmallow birds and wondered what they would look like in real life. All I could think of were yellow and green gingerbread people. I really wish there were pictures of the Candonites so I could see what they looked like. I wish I could have been Peter so that I could go to Maple Town because I would like to meet the Candonites. The food sounds gross though, like the brussels sprout pie. I liked Lina and wished that there was more of her in the story because she was funny and brave.
Maple Town was a cool place because they ate the same kind of food as humans, except for candy because that's what they are. I would be fine in Maple Town because I don't like candy all that much. The pointing trees and floating cars were cool too. I liked that the grass was bluish-green that matched bushes and trees because those are two of my favorite colors.
I REALLY liked this book because the story was cool and inventive. I would highly recommend this book to my friends, both girls and boys. I am really looking forward to reading the next book.
I really liked the marshmallow birds, peppermint cat, and the people made out of candy (the Candonites). I also liked the Peblars because they had glowing yellow eyes that came out of the wall - I thought that was funny. One of my favorite lines in the story is when Joe, a Candonite boy says:
Don't even think about taking a bite out of me!
There are some things that I didn't understand. I didn't understand how Peter got eaten by a box. I also didn't understand how the float worked: How did it bring them somewhere else? I didn't like how it took so long to get to the good part of the story. I don't like the part where they are just talking because it's not that interesting.
I really loved, loved the book. I think other kids like me would like the story.
I decided to read this book aloud to my two children over the course of one week. They were begging me each night to read a bit more. This is a reflection of how original, imaginative, and riveting this story really is for children even as young as 5. The children's books I have read are largely predictable, but this story has so many twists and turns that it keeps you guessing what will happen next throughout. Further, as far as fictional settings are concerned, Maple Town is like nothing I've read before. In short, the plot and the setting are very unique and intriguing.
While not giving away too much of the ending, it is worth it to note that there are important and valuable lessons to be learned in this story: compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. Marcos spins a tale where tension between the characters is nearly inevitable: human meets candy person; human likes to eat candy; candy person is afraid of being eaten! You'll have to read the story to find out if Peter and Lina show restraint. ;)
A couple of small issues I had. First, my kids and I agree that if they were whisked off to a strange land, they would not want to stay there. They would miss their Mommy and Daddy terribly and would want to come home. Ok, maybe I planted that idea in their head!
We all agreed that we wanted more of Lina in the story. This series of books (with the second one coming in March, 2012) could have wider appeal to both boys and girls if Lina's character becomes more fully developed and integrated in the next books. Crossing fingers for more Lina!
I really, really enjoyed this story. I would recommend the book for both boys and girls who are at least 8 years old. I have to admit that it was a bit difficult to read aloud to the kids, but the proof is in the pudding: They loved it!!
Peter had other plans, however. Each time he helped his grandfather with something, he would sneak a piece of chocolate or appealing confection. It wasn't until lunch time that he realized that he had eaten to much sweets and was finding himself with a bellyache. That wasn't going to do. Grandfather, knowing full well what caused his condition, told him to rest. Peter went into the back room and fell asleep. It was when he woke up that he discovered that his world had turned upside down. Lemon drop candies came to life talking to him. It was another world made up of living chocolates and candies. What did Peter get himself into? Will he be able to find his way home?
This story has an interesting twist comparable to the zany tales told by Roald Dahl. It reminds the reader of the old adage, be careful what you wish for. Every child in the world has done it. Eaten too much sweets, but the reader will soon learn that there are times when we need to know our limitations. Sometimes our eyes are too big for our stomachs. Peter knew what he should and shouldn't do, but realized too late that he had been misguided by his decisions. This happens often in life as well. Readers will be able to learn from Peter's mistakes and yet will also find a great moral in the story that will touch the hearts of all. A delightful 154 page chapter book for children in 4th grade and up.
This is definitely a worthwhile read. The moral of the story is a good one, the characters are fully outlined and developed, and the imagination behind the plot is fantastic.
I highly recommend this read, and I'm looking forward to reading future books by this author!
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