- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: Cat Marcs Publishing (June 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0984389903
- ISBN-13: 978-0984389902
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bellyache: A Delicious Tale Paperback – June 15, 2010
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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.
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My 9-year-old daughter, Amanda, and I enjoyed this unique children's story. Crystal Marcos did a good job describing things. When I got to the part where Peter's tummy hurts from all the sweets, Amanda began feeling the same bellyache. We found some parts to be a bit slow, but most of it was interesting. Some parts were even exciting like when Peter and Lina have to rescue two Candonite bullies. We recommend this book for boys and girls ages 7 - 10.
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I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.
I picked this book up on New Year’s Eve because I had a “Bellyache” after eating too much food. I could so relate to Peter who was helping in his grandfather’s sweet shop and kept sneaking treats. Before long Peter is not feeling so well and is transported to the whimsical land of the Candonites. A place where the people look and smell good enough to eat.
I’m sure children ages 6 to 10 will enjoy this book. It would make a fun read aloud for younger kids and a good read alone for those who are a little older. It wrapped up a little too quickly for me and I never fully understood why a couple of characters acted like they did but otherwise an enjoyable, tasty read.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: From Author for Review
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!!
Along the lines of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," the story follows the adventures of young Peter. You will tag along with him on his journey to a faraway land full of very unique people. He not only travels to a place quite unlike his own home town, but he also learns many valuable lessons along the way.
The author masterfully wove together vivid story elements, colorful characters, and life lessons that will stick with your young reader for a very long time. This book will make great bedtime reading, and don't be surprised if they beg you for more!
She has a sequel already out, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE so pick this one up after you've finished with "Bellyache!"
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