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Bellyache: A Delicious Tale (Bellyache #1)

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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  35 reviews
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 grandf ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 146 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Cat Marcs Publishing
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 16, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: boys & girls 7-10 years old, maybe a bit younger (for read aloud) or older
Whew! I am relieved that I really enjoyed this book. I did buy a copy, but I’ve gotten to know the author here at Goodreads and I would have felt very badly if I hadn’t liked this at least 3 stars worth.

This story is great for some 7 year old kids and for 8-10 year olds and maybe 11 year old independent readers, and could also be enjoyable for read aloud one to one or to groups for 6-10 year olds. Older kids and adults will enjoy it too. The story is great for boys and girls both. I’d have espec
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Renee
This review contains excerpts of reviews of Bellyache completed by myself, my daughter, and my son. For the full review, please go www.motherdaughterbookreviews.com

Daughter Says: 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
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Elii Vela
No hay nada mas delicioso que los dulces y sé que mas de uno se ha desmandado con ellos, se ha atiborrado hasta que consiguen un horroroso Bellyache (dolor de panza, pues), o no? Pues, como a todo niño y uno que otro adulto, Peter fue presa del inconfundible deseo de comer y comer y comer dulces hasta saciarse.

Todo comenzó un día que no había escuela, pero al estar sus papis ocupados, él, todo un hombrecito como para tener una niñera, se fue trabajar a la dulcería de su abuelo. Era estar en el c
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Allbooks Review International
Genre: Children’ Fiction
Title: Bellyache: A Delicious Tale
Author: Crystal Marcos

BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale is a wonderful book filled with action that your young ones will love to read.
Peter Fischer gets invited to work at his grandfather's sweet shop, and he can't wait to try all the yummy delights. He eats one too many treats and is transported to a magical town where everything is made of candy! Unfortunately, he finds "candy" enemies. Thankfully, though, he finds "candy" friends. Even be
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Stacie
BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale by Crystal Marcos is an entertaining story kids will sink their teeth into! Crystal Marcos uses her incredible imagination to create a world of candy people called Candonites who enjoy eating an unthinkable dessert. Despite their oddities the Candonites teach Peter a very important lesson in forgiveness and that overindulgence is never a good thing.

Peter has to spend the day helping in his Papa's candy shop. He is eager to try all the tasty treats, but soon finds out
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Traci Loya
I actually won this and 'Headache' in a contest. I wanted to win these books because I wanted to share my love of reading with my grandson Derek (age7). I received them and promptly went to the post office to send them off to my grandson (envelope addressed to him to add to the excitement). After a week he still hadn't received them (I live in Colorado and he lives in Utah, so clearly he should've received them) I was very upset, because I knew how excited he was and just as anxiously awaiting t ...more
Inspired Kathy
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 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 bo
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Tricia Douglas
Bellyache is going to be a great read-aloud for my students this fall. This is Crystal Marcos's first book and it brings out the child in all of us. Her main character, Peter, is modeled around any normal child/adult wanting more than is allowed, yet managing to go beyond those rules and take what is wanted anyway he can. How many times my eyes have been bigger than my stomach is not just a 'for kids' story!!! I enjoyed the fantasy of Peter's 'dreams' and got hungry just from the descriptions of ...more
Sherry Fundin
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. Candy as far as the eye can see. MMMMMM. YUMMY. Chocolate, squishy gummy bears, strings of licorice, peanut butter cups.....I think we all know where this is going, but it was a great ride getting there. This is a fun and quick read that your inner child may enjoy, as much as the youngsters in the family. Excellent writing. I sm ...more
Brian Menard
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. I also purchased a couple of paperback editions for Christmas gifts (last month) to my younger grandchildren as well. We all found BELLYACHE to be a very creative and fun story. In addition, this story flows quite smoothly and the Author does an amazing job of keeping the reader engaged from cover to cover. We're no
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Dan Rogers
How would you like to have a job working in a sweets shop? For Peter Fischer it is a dream come true. At 10 years old he feels he is now too old for a babysitter. So, on this school holiday, he will be working at Papa's Sweet Shop which is owned by his grandfather. Peter has his day all planned out, even down to the order in which he will eat the sweets he has chosen. What Peter doesn't plan on is the bellyache he will get nor the incredible experience he will have as a result.

This is one book w
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Peter disobeyed his Papa by stuffing himself with candy from Papa’s candy store. Peter got a bellyache and soon found himself in Maple Town home of the Candonites. Candonites are giant living candies complete with arms, legs and facial features. Peter is taken to the Mayor’s house where he is taken care of by the Baker family. The next day, Peter goes to a parade for him and he finds out that his Best Friend Lina also got a bellyache and she is in Maple Town too! When it is time for the kids to ...more
Paul
I loved this book! Crystal Marcos has written a real winner! The pages come alive and the characters become your friends (at least some of them)! Bellyache is a wonderful book for ages 7 and up. The imagery will capture children's hearts and imaginations, and they will come to love Peter and Lina. They will also enjoy and benefit from the message of forgiveness that is conveyed. As for adults, do yourself and favor and read this book aloud to your kids, and if they insist on reading it alone, th ...more
Amy
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

My feelings about this book were up and down quite a bit as I read. I tried to leave a little wiggle room as I understand it's geared towards a younger audience then I normally read, but I still found many parts lacking a little pizzazz.

The beginning of the book was almost enough to make me set it down and walk away. Main character Peter is helping out at Papa's Sweet Shop and every thought and action is simply spelled out. It reads a bi
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Black Elephants
I got this book for Christmas from a friend who had heard it was a good read. However, neither of us realized it was for children, which is why I'm not really sure how to review Bellyache.

For my purposes here, I think children's literature can be divided into two categories. There is the children's literature that you can read as a child and enjoy as an adult. This type of literature appeals to the young group because of its plot and characters. It also appeals to the adult group for the same re
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Mammy Oaklee
I finally had a chance to get a copy of Bellyache a delicious tale preceding the sweet sequel titled Headache. I stumbled across Headache written by Crystal Marcos, first and, hey, an avid reader reads whatever comes first!

As you know by my review of Headache, we were totally craving more sweets for our sweet tooth! We were anxious to learn just how did every kids weakness in sweets become a world of living, breathing, talking best friends with an equal parallel enemy of evil, putrid, rock candy
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Candace
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 t
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Penelope
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 children both will love 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 l
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Crystal (Kris)
Read my review at Imaginary Reads!

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
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Sara
I won this book as a firstreads giveaway.

Bellyache is a nice easy read that's written with a younger audience in mind. Despite that fact I found it to be fun and entertaining.

Peter begins working in a candy shop with his grandfather where the temptation to sneak a few treats proves just too great. The resulting bellyache sends him off on a magical adventure to another land inhabited by a race of candy people called Candonites. Not only does Peter get to experience a great deal of fun and delicio
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Julie Grasso
A delicious tale, that may have induced a major sweet craving. We follow Peter as he helps out in his Papa's sweet shop. Like any kid, Peter can't help but sneek a few extra treats behind his Papa's back. However, Peter quickly learns about dishonesty and the consequences that it can have not only on your tummy but your friends and family.

I loved the Candonite world, with the rich and vivid descriptions of the Candonite people. Bella's House of Food was absolutely fabulous and I found myself wi
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Lee Pritchett
‘Bellyache, A Delicious Tale’ by Crystal Marcos is a really fun and imaginative children’s book. I really enjoyed the magical world she has woven for her readers, full of mouth watering candy creations. I thought the book’s characters were larger than life and came across really clearly in your mind’s eye. There were a lot of great uses of imagery in the book, making the settings really clear in your head, almost like being there. The books storyline was well thought out, and I particularly enjo ...more
Anne Scott
Bellyache is a charming story with fascinating characters, imaginative landscapes, and witty dialog. The hero of the story, Peter, is an ordinary kid swept up in extraordinary events. The tale showcases acceptance, tolerance, bravery, persistence, forgiveness, and faith, but manages to avoid the often-times treacle-drenched parlance of contemporary kids’ literature.
A tale crafted in the same vein as Alice and Wonderland and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stories …if only milk chocolate b
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Farhana Faruq
Jul 13, 2010 Farhana Faruq rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
I received this through GoodReads First Reads. Thank you SO much Crystal!

Oh my, this is a WONDERFULLY delicious book!! I love Roald Dahl's work, and this is very similar to his style.

The creativity of the whole adventure is brilliant!!! And the level of writing is perfect for younger readers - and still enjoyable for older ones :D

... I have a warning though: you must have snacks close at hand when reading this, it WILL make you hungry.

Great book... I do look forward to reading more from Crystal
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Rochelle
I received this book from Goodreads.

I pre-read this book before giving it to my 10 year old granddaughter. I found the book to be witty, with nicely developed characters and plot. A true adventure tale (along the lines of the Wizard of Oz) for young readers with just the right vocabulary level as well. A fun read.

My only criticism, albeit minor, is that I thought the age range of the book should be more like 8 to 10, as I felt it was a little too young in content for the new sophisticated 12 yea
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K.D
I received Bellyache(from Goodreads First reads) around Christmas time, so I decided the best way to test this book out was to take it with me home and read it to the children in the family. This book mesmerized my nieces, nephews, and other young relatives ages 6 to 12. The plot was easy to follow yet skillfully developed, and the characters were interesting and endearing. A lesson on forgiveness delivered beautifully.

Gale
"Bellyache" is a delightful book that kept me turning pages to see what happened next. I found surprises in every chapter! The descriptions took me into the settings and helped me feel like the characters were real (even those who are not human). The lessons are gently presented but powerful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Bellyache" and highly recommend it for anyone who loves to have their imagination sparked.
Stephanie
The 5 star rating is from my boys. They loved the book! It was the perfect bedtime read aloud. A quirky, creative story about living in a candy land and at the same time instilled good moral values. Every night when we finished reading a chapter, the boys would yell "NO!!!! Please read one more!" You have to love that! :-) We are excited to read Headache - the sequel.
Kris at Book Wishes
Bellyache is a super cute story and right away children can relate to Peter who's Papa owns a sweet shop and what would any kid do but keep eating candy not thinking my Belly is going to hurt. I thought this book as a mom gives a cute story behind a great lesson. The adventure Peter goes on takes your imagination on a sticky sweet ride.
Jade Alfuraih
Fantastic book. Very addictive and enjoyable the whole way through. I think I enjoyed it as much as my kids! This book could defiantly stand next to the classics such as Roald Dahl and JK Rowling. If you're still having doubts then I would suggest you check out the preview (e.g. at Amazon) because I guarantee you will be hooked :)
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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. BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale is her first book.
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