Start reading BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale [Kindle Edition]

Crystal Marcos
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $9.95
Kindle Price: $2.99
You Save: $6.96 (70%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $2.99  
Paperback $9.95  
Hero Quick Promo
Today Only: Up to 80% Off Books from Best-Selling Series on Kindle
Discover a new series or continue reading your favorite. Learn more

Book Description

BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale Awards & Honors:

~2013 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
~2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS Award-Winning Finalist in both categories of Children's Fiction & Children's Book Series
~2011 READERS FAVORITE Silver Award in its category
~2010 Nominated for the CYBILS Awards

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.

Look for Marcos' exciting second book in the children's series, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE.

Editorial Reviews


5 Star Review- The author is talented and imaginative. This is a delightful tale sure to please elementary age students. I eagerly await the next offering by this author. -Readers Favorite

5 Star Review- 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! -Cecilia Lee, Allbook Reviews

From the Author

My love for children and children's books inspired me to write BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale. I also thought about what books I really enjoyed and which ones stuck in my mind from childhood. Oddly enough, all those books featured food and treats. Yes, I have a sweet tooth. I imagined what I would want my children to read about someday and I wanted it to be something I felt comfortable with them reading. I wanted them to be transported into a place that was so fantastic that they would always remember it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 224 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984389903
  • Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing; 1 edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060N7LL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER cute and loved it! May 31, 2012
All my kids loved this wonderful book that takes Peter on a ride through a candy filled dream. My kids recommend this book and as a mother of 5 I recommend this wonderful childrens book. We are on too read Headache next by Crystal Marcos what a great author!! She took our imaginations on a candy filled ride. Loved this book too because it teaches a cute lesson in the end!! WONDERFUL

"*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bellyache is Delightful AND Delicious Tale February 25, 2012
This review contains excerpts of reviews of Bellyache completed by myself, my daughter, and my son. For the full review, please visit our website.


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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved This! December 6, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale is well written and full of exciting word visuals that your children will enjoy. I purchased the book recently through Amazon and have had a great time reading it to my little ones. The book is full of great adventures with a wonderful lesson about forgiveness in the end.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delicious tale that will delight children of all ages! November 28, 2011
Peter Fischer got a chance to do something that most children only dream of doing--he got to spend the day helping his grandfather in his sweet shop. Who could resist all of those delicious chocolates and candies? No one! Such temptation with each sweet and intoxicating smell that filled the senses would certainly be too much to resist. Peter couldn't. Before he went to the sweet shop he had made a mental list of all the things he was going to try, but when he arrived grandfather said that he could only pick out 3 chocolates to eat throughout the day. As an experienced sweet shop owner, he new the reason why, too much treats was not good for the tummy.

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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful! September 25, 2011
By Shoegal
I had the pleasure of purchasing this book about a month ago. I'm a mom to two young girls, 4 and 6, and I'm always on the look out for new and different childrens' books to stoke my daughters' imaginations. This book did the trick! I read it myself before I read it to them, to make sure it was in line with our values and morals. I only intended to read a chapter or two, and ended up reading the entire book. I loved it!

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!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I’m sure children ages 6 to 10 will enjoy this book.
Alice in Wonderland meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in this delicious, whimsical book.

I picked this book up on New Year’s Eve because I had a “Bellyache” after... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly Yummy!
I finally had a chance to get a copy of Bellyache a delicious tale preceding the sweet sequel titled Headache. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and fun story for the child in all of us.
A ten year old in a candy store? I can only imagine Peter's excitement when his parents say he will be spending the day with his grandpa, helping out at the candy store. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sherry Fundin
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a Fantastical Trip to Candyland!
This children's book by Author Crystal Marcos is such a creative and imaginative story. The author has quite the vivid imagination which she captures on the page, and adults and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by floridabreezes
5.0 out of 5 stars B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
We are proud to announce that Bellyache A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells you that this book is well worth your time and money!
Published 23 months ago by indieBRAG
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful children's story!
I originally purchased the Kindle edition of this book for my "special needs" son. We have been reading it almost every night and we've truly enjoyed it. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by Brian V. Menard (Author)
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read!!!!
I loved reading Bellyache: A Delicious Tale and highly recommend to anyone with kids, or anyone with an imagination! Read more
Published on December 16, 2012 by Ms_Kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet tale
A delicious tale, that may have induced a major sweet craving. We follow Peter as he helps out in his Papa's sweet shop. Read more
Published on December 3, 2012 by Jujuberry37
5.0 out of 5 stars Maureen's review
Definitely a 'delicious' tale. I really enjoyed this book. A little bit of magic, a little bit of adventure and a little bit of a message all add up to a great read.
Published on November 5, 2012 by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For Children Only
Children love stories. Children love candy. Combine the two, and you have an irresistible combination. You have Bellyache. Read more
Published on October 8, 2012 by Eric Keith
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

More About the Author

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. Being the oldest of five children, she had a lot of entertaining to do. She is a member of SCBWI. Crystal lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband and their daughter, Kaylee. Author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE.

Visit her at


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category