Despite small voices protesting to the contrary, children should not have too many sweets or candy. That said, some adults probably should reduce their own consumption too. But when you see books like this, it is so easy to forget that "good advice".
This relatively slim, colourful book presents a number of child-friendly and child-safe recipes to make your own candy creations. Your child can enjoy messing up your kitchen, creating their own goodies and maybe even experimenting a bit in the process. No hot sticky sugar solution or sharp knives to cut and grate ingredients are required. Just a bit of patience from mum, dad or another responsible adult, a bunch of ingredients, good humour and let the fun times begin. An adult should be nearby for the boring things like melting chocolate in the microwave oven and so on. It would be fair to say "children are optional, but desirable" for these recipes.
From beginning to end the book is richly illustrated with great, simple photography that draws you in to probably, over time, consuming many more calories than you have intended. After all, a responsible adult will want to ensure that the finished items are safe to eat, maybe time and time again... The recipes themselves are hardly complex creations of culinary genius but they are visually attractive, child-friendly and tasty. If you want Michelin star quality desserts don't buy this book, but if you want to spend some engaging, quality-time with a child...
A few niggles. Mostly that the author has forgotten that there is a world outside of North America and making reference to specific brand names is not necessarily the best thing for an international audience. One can guess, Google or improvise but why make things hard? What is, after all, a Graham Cracker Cookie and why is that any more different than another brand? Measurements can be converted but if a certain specific brand has been specified there must be a reason for that.
Some of the recipes appear quite innovative too. Some are predictable versions of versions (and that is not necessarily a bad thing) but some do stand out for being so simplistic that why haven't they been seen before.. such as candy paints and candy play dough. Wow! The book's quirkiness, varied content, great value price point and capacity for keeping younger members of the family entertained for many hours makes this book worthy of very serious consideration indeed. Take a look at it today!