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Bellyache: A Delicious Tale

(Bellyache #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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 wha ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 146 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Cat Marcs Publishing
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Lisa Vegan
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Carole P. Roman
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A well-written story about a young boy who gets to spend the day with his grandparents in their candy store. He is given a limit on the number of treats he can eat but finds restraint and honesty fly out the window when surrounded by such tempting morsels. Soon, he finds himself asleep and on a different adventure in a land filled with marshmallow birds and the population made from candy. Peter must learn a valuable lesson along with his journey. Sweet and enjoyable, this book will fire up the i ...more
Joshua Grant
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a kid I used to dream of going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, or shrinking down and getting trapped in Candy Land. Now that dream has come true with Crystal Marcos’ Bellyache a Delicious Tale. Young Peter’s Papa owns a candy shop and brings him along to help out for a day. Predictably, Peter isn’t just a pumpkin eater as he secretly goes to town pilfering some of Papa’s sweets.
The real magic of Bellyache comes when Peter is sucked into a mystical world of candy people and animals. It was
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
This review contains excerpts of reviews of Bellyache completed by myself, my daughter, and my son. For the full review, please go

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
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Sherry Fundin
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, humor
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
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. This was a cute story but I wondered where it was going for a while. There is not a blaring moral to the story. Quite a lovely tale.

This is the third book I’ve listened to by this narrator, Meral Mathews, and I would listen to another. He did a great job narrating this kids book. The other books I’ve listened to by him are in the An Trodai series. He does well giving each character a voice.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive
Julie Hodgson
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story, its reminiscent of Charley and the chocolate factory mixed with a magic grandpa, I think the whole point in storytelling is giving the child something to think about and reflect on, even if they don't think they are...The dream of every child would be to actually be in a sweet shop! Even if the quests are not what you thought! (No spoilers) ...

I love stories with a moral lesson, and this certainly fits the bill...

The narrator has a nice sounding voice and did all t
Bellyache is an imaginative book with interesting concepts, however, I would have liked to have seen the ideas more fully fleshed out. The book held my interest but I think that the author could have made the book even better by giving more details about the Cadonites and their civilization.
I had high hopes for this book because I think the cover is so enticing. I found the writing to be flat and predictable. A boy falls into a candy world after eating too many sweets at his granddad's candy shop.
Pat Knight
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Peter enjoys a day working in his grandfather's candy shop. But he has to pay the price for all those pilfered treats. This is an imaginative tale with lots of action and a lesson or two.
Dan Rogers
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mammy Oaklee
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-family
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
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 b
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
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
Traci Loya
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jul 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews-done
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
Tricia Douglas
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Desiree reilly
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Lee Pritchett
Mar 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
‘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
Julie Grasso
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Farhana Faruq
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Anne Scott
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale, HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, and Novus: Book One of The Cresecren Chronicles. ...more

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