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Review: Bellyache by Crystal Marcos

Friday, July 8, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Bellyache #1
Paperback: 146 Pages
Publication: June 15, 2010 by Cat Marcs Publishing

In the vein of Roald Dahl’s best-loved adventures, Marcos offers a mystical, character driven escapade that intertwines strands of reality with a larger-than-life fantasy world. When Peter Fischer sets out to help his grandfather at Papa’s Sweet Shop, he will quickly learn that sneaking sweets and covering up his sugar-dusted tracks will have major consequences. As Peter is transported to a mysteriously delicious, faraway land, a curious people known as the Candonites, some of whom have no time for a non-Candonite, will teach Peter a lesson on what it means to be different and what it means to forgive.

While helping out in his grandfather’s candy shop, Peter sneaks bites of candy. He eats so much candy that he beings to feel sick and is thus transpoated to the land of the Candonites, a race of people that look (and probably taste) like what we call candy. Bellyache is a whimsical and fun story filled with adventure and breath-taking sights. A short novel, it makes a great read-aloud for a family with young children; for slightly older children, this is a great read-alone.

Young children who loved watching Disney’s film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland will enjoy reading this tooth-aching tale of gluttony and its consequences. Most importantly, it is about friendship and forgiveness.


A copy of this book was provided by the author.
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