Bellyache: A Delicious Tale

Bellyache: A Delicious Tale

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by Crystal Marcos

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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


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.

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Cat Marcs Publishing
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
7 Years

Meet 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. Her children's books BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE are fun fantasy-adventures with life lessons.

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Bellyache 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Farhana More than 1 year ago
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 in the future.
S_Coleman More than 1 year ago
My 8 year old just could not put it down! She loved the story line and thought very highly of the characters and their decisions, especially towards the end. It also brought on great conversations about overindulging in sweet treats (good for her to realize!). She is now in the process of reading it to her little brother and they are both really enjoying it! It really kept her attention and has grabbed his attention already. I was very impressed at how inventive and well written the story was. It will definitely keep the attention of all readers. Bellyache really is a cute story, and we cannot wait for another one of Crystal's books to come out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 of Alice and Wonderland and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory stories...if only milk chocolate bunnies would hop through my world!
SherryF More than 1 year ago
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 smiled and laughed as Peter got more than he bargained for. A delicious book with a delicious tale for the delicious child in you or someone you know. I won this signed, first edition paperback of Bellyache from Crystal Marcos. The cover is so cure I couldn’t resist it. I look forward to reading the sequel.
flbreezes More than 1 year ago
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 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!"
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
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!
iAnima More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Paul05 More than 1 year ago
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, then read it yourself. You won't be disappointed. While a fantastic book for children, it also has much to offer adults. With a developed plot and characters, Crystal takes you on an unexpected turn towards the end of the book. I won't spoil it for those that haven't read it, but trust me, you may think you know the direction things are going, but you are wrong. I have to add that the scene at Bella's was one of my favorites! Laundry detergent boxes for seats and napkins in fabric softener boxes! Genius! Bellyache is destined to be a fixture on the bedtime reading lists for families across the globe! Oh, and PS: I loved the candy images that end each chapter:) Paul R. Hewlett
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a boy who gets a bellyache and travels to a new place. When l read this book l did NOT want to put it back done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured me from the first pharagraph! It is amazing!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Peter was on a school holiday. He planned to spend the day with his grandfather working in the sweet shop. Peter was already thinking about all the goodies he would eat. Papa burst his bubble when he told him he would be rewarded with three pieces of candy. Peter carefully chose his three delicious pieces of candy. Papa asked him to help stock the gummy jars. He helped himself to a few worms and gobbled them down. He didn't stop there; soon he had gobbled a cupcake and that was before lunch. Peter journeys to a faraway land where he learns a lesson on forgiveness and acceptance. In this delicious story our main character makes some very poor choices and learns some bellyaching lessons. The author is talented and imaginative. This is a delightful tale sure to please elementary age students. It left me craving dark chocolate. I can hardly wait to share it with my grandchildren. I eagerly await the next offering by this author.
FiveAlarmBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Bellyache: A Delicious Tale is sweet!!! Crystal Marcos has woven a tale of fantasy and wonderment. I followed Peter's adventure as he is transported from his grandfather's sweet shop to a world made of candies and desserts including houses of food, peppermint cats and marshmallow birds. A place so different from what we know that vegetable flavored treats are highly craved delectable delights. I find Marcos to be amazingly talented in the area of character development for the young reader. Each and every person and creature alike add to the enchantment of the story. Bellyache is absolutely charming. There is no doubt that it will not only appeal to young readers ages seven and up, but will be a fantastic read aloud book for the entire family. Teachers, you will want this in your class library.
lee_pritchett More than 1 year ago
'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 enjoyed the rather exciting ending, which I won't spoil for you by telling you what happened. I'm sure your children will really enjoy this book. I know I would of when I was a little one.
teachgiftedkids More than 1 year ago
BELLYACHE is going to be a great new read-aloud (and silent reading) book 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 taking what is wanted anyway he can. How many times have my eyes have been bigger than my stomach? This is not just a 'for kids' story!!! I enjoyed the fantasy of Peter's 'dreams' and got hungry just from the descriptions of the Candonites. Lots of morals are sprinkled into the story with, of course, the highlight being the rescue of two not-so-friendly friends, who then, through a little kindness and understanding, become the best of friends. I look forward to lots of discussions and questions coming from this book. I would say it's geared for the 7-10 age range, but adults will fall into Marcos's winninng style too!