Children’s Review: BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos

Title: BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale
Author: Crystal Marcos
Details: Paperback, 146 pgs.
Published: June 15th, 2010 by Cat Marcs Publishing

isbn: 0984389903 (ISBN13: 9780984389902)
Reading Level: 7 and up
Source: Author, for review purposes
A lip-smacking, mouthwatering, absolutely delectable debut, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos is a literary feast for ages seven and up. 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.

This was a fun and very cute story about a very sweet young boy who loves his sweets!  At least until he eats so many he gets a Bellyache, falls asleep and ends up in a fantasy world where the ‘people’ are sweets.  He learns a bit about being different, prejudices and consequences for his actions.

This book is actually a bit hard for me to break down and review.  It’s not an age I’m used to reading.  It’s not a picture book, but is younger reading then middle grade.  So it’s hard for me to point out the things I normally would because they don’t exist!

I can say that my kids thought the book was a lot of fun.  Well, my six year old did anyway.  My two year old didn’t pay a bit of attention, no surprise there!  My six year was constantly interrupting to comment about things.  From the sweets that he ate in the beginning (she likes those ones too!) to the Candonites (that were described as different candies and sweets).  It made for a bit of a lengthy read, but at a chapter a night, 3 nights or so a week, we finally got through it.  I would say that my daughter was a little young, but she still liked the story, I just had to have patience with her.

Overall it was a fun and enjoyable read and I think kids that are a bit older then mine (7 and up) would enjoy it quite a lot!  Especially if they’re fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and books along those lines.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.


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  1. Forgive my pun, but this book sounds really sweet…and cute. It’s not something I would read, but I think young elementary I have some teacher friends who may want to consider this for their classrooms. What little kid doesn’t love a book about sweets?

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