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Gooey Goblins: Halloween Special
     

Gooey Goblins: Halloween Special

4.5 13
by Helen Perelman, Erica-Jane Waters (Illustrator)
 

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A delicious confection for candy and fairy lovers — welcome to the Sugar Valley, home to the Candy Fairies, where every fairy represents a special candy treat!

A Candy Fairies super special with twice as much delicious fun. The five fairy friends are sent on a quest to discover why all the gummy trees are melting in the Sugar Valley. Is a goblin haunting

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A delicious confection for candy and fairy lovers — welcome to the Sugar Valley, home to the Candy Fairies, where every fairy represents a special candy treat!

A Candy Fairies super special with twice as much delicious fun. The five fairy friends are sent on a quest to discover why all the gummy trees are melting in the Sugar Valley. Is a goblin haunting the Gummy Forest? Each fairy will need to use her unique abilities to discover what is souring the forest. Turns out, it's a sad, lonely young dragon named Carobee. When the girls help him spin his fire into cotton candy, peace is restored to the kingdom.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
The fairies in Sugar Valley are perplexed to find their candy crops are melting. Princess Lolli calls all her fairies to the castle where Mogu, the troll, convinces them that goblins are haunting Sugar Cove. Five brave fairies, Cocoa, Melli, Dash, Raina, and Berry, volunteer to make the hazardous journey sailing across the Vanilla Sea which may or may not be inhabited by a fearsome monster called Nillie. Arriving in Sugar Cove, after a few uneventful challenges, the fairies meet a less than scary dragon that is lost and cannot find his way back to Meringue Island. It is his fiery breath that is causing the candy to melt and the kind-hearted fairies use all their resources to help the dragon, Carobee, return home. Flying above the Vanilla Sea on Carobee's back the candy fairies discover that Nillie is not a dangerous sea serpent but a gracious sea horse who has allowed tall tales about her to flourish in order to protect the caramel turtles. Carobee is safely delivered to Meringue Island, Nillie's secret is safe, and Sugar Valley is a happy place once again. There are children who cannot get enough of fairy stories and while this makes number twelve in the "Candy Fairies" series it is not advisable to feed a child a steady diet of this treacle. The story is slight, the fairies cloyingly sweet, and there is no real mystery. Expletives like "Licking Lollipops" and "Hot Chocolate" and "Hot Caramel" and the response of "that is so mint" are annoying not to mention corny. There are two more books is this series ready for publication and no doubt they will be just as saccharine and weak. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442422131
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
08/09/2011
Series:
Candy Fairies Series
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
183,025
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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CHAPTER
1
Melted Mess

Cocoa the Chocolate Fairy, Melli the Caramel Fairy, and Berry the Fruit Fairy soared over Chocolate River. A cool autumn breeze ruffled their wings, but they stayed their course. Nothing was going to stop them from heading to the far end of Gummy Forest.

“Look, there’s Dash!” Cocoa called. As the three fairy friends neared Peppermint Grove, they saw their tiny friend Dash shooting up to meet them.

“You are right on time,” Dash said as she flew alongside her friends. She looked at Berry and smiled. “This must be important. You are never on time!”

Berry shot Dash a sour look. “The sugar fly said Raina’s message was urgent. I can be on time when I need to be!”

“And yet she still had time to put on her best sugar-jewel necklace,” Cocoa added with a sly grin.

“Just because I was rushing doesn’t mean I have to look sloppy,” Berry replied. Berry always liked to look her best and was usually sporting a new piece of jewelry that she had made herself from sparkling sugarcoated fruit chews.

“What do you think this is all about?” Melli asked. She was worried about her friend Raina the Gummy Fairy. Usually Raina didn’t overreact to situations. She was very calm and always followed the rules.

“Maybe she just couldn’t find something in the Fairy Code Book and needs our help,” Cocoa joked.

“No, there’s definitely something strange blowing around the valley,” Dash said. She looked back at her friends. “And no, it’s not just the cold autumn wind,” she added.

Melli had to agree with Dash. “This is the busiest time in Sugar Valley, and we shouldn’t be distracted from our work. Candy Corn Fields is already full of tall stalks.”

The four fairies flew in silence for a moment. Then they saw the tops of the gummy trees.

“I can’t wait to see Raina,” Melli said. “I hope she’s all right.”

“We just saw her yesterday,” Berry told her. “Don’t be so dramatic. I’m sure she’s fine.”

Cocoa flew ahead, and then called back over her shoulder, “I don’t think it’s Raina we need to be concerned about.” She pointed to the south end of the forest. “Look at those trees!”

The four friends gasped as they saw the melted leaves of the gummy trees. Normally, the branches were filled with bright rainbow gummy fruits.

“No wonder she called us,” Berry whispered.

“Let’s go find her,” Dash said.

The fairies flew deeper into the forest. There were puddles everywhere from the melted gummy candies.

“I never thought I would say this,” Dash said, “but Gummy Forest is a melted mess!” She flew over a rainbow puddle. Even though Dash was the smallest of all the Candy Fairies, she was always hungry and was the most adventurous eater. If the melted gummies didn’t appeal even to Dash, the fairies knew things were really bad.

“Sweet sugar!” Raina shouted when she saw her friends. “I’m so glad you got here!”

“Oh, Raina,” Melli called, rushing down to give her friend a hug. “What happened here?”

“I’m not really sure,” Raina said, her voice full of concern. “When I woke up this morning, the forest looked . . . melted!”

Cocoa, Berry, and Dash landed beside her. Their faces told Raina all she needed to know.

“It still looks awful here, doesn’t it?” the Gummy Fairy asked. “The poor forest animals don’t know what to make of all this. I tried my best to take away some of the melted candies and clean up some of the puddles, but that doesn’t seem to be making a difference. The forest is still a mess.”

“Are you okay?” Cocoa asked. She put her arm around Raina.

Raina sat down on a melted log on the ground. “I’m fine,” she said with a heavy sigh. “I’ve been doing all sorts of research. And nothing seems to match up. All I know is that the forest animals and gummy candies are all in danger.”

“It’s definitely eerie, not cheery, here,” Berry mumbled. “Are you sure this isn’t some kind of spooky trick by Mogu?”

Raina shook her head. “I don’t think so. This is really bad. Even for a tricky troll.”

“I wouldn’t put anything past Mogu,” Cocoa said. “That old salty troll is sour.”

“Yes,” Raina agreed, “but Mogu loves gummy candy. I can’t see him wanting to ruin it.”

The fairies all knew that Mogu lived in Black Licorice Swamp and that he and his Chuchies often came to swipe candy from Gummy Forest. The troll and his round little workers loved candy too much to spoil the crops.

Berry looked closely at the melted trees. “I think you’re right. These candies are ruined . . . even for a troll to eat.”

“I told you something was going on,” Dash mumbled.

Standing with her hands on her hips, Berry shook her head. “You’re not saying what I think you’re saying, are you?” She smiled at Dash. “You’ve been reading too many Caramel Moon stories.”

“Most of those stories are based on truth,” Dash said. She loved to read all the spooky tales that fairies had spun about the full moon in the tenth month of the year. “Those aren’t just ghost stories.” Dash looked over at Melli and Raina. “Tell them!”

“Well, some of those stories are just meant to entertain,” Raina said. “But others are based on true occurrences.”

Dash gloated for a minute, but then a melted candy snapped off its vine and fell on her head. She rubbed her forehead and looked to Raina. “What do you think this is all about?”

Raina plucked a droopy gummy branch off a tree. “Has anyone else seen anything strange going on in Sugar Valley?” She glanced over at Dash. “Or heard anything strange?”

“The gummy flowers over by Chocolate River did look melted,” Cocoa told Raina.

Dash’s silver wings flapped nervously as she spoke. “Last night I heard howling and moaning in Peppermint Grove,” she whispered.

“Something isn’t right in Sugar Valley,” Melli muttered. “Oh, and there’s so much to do! Think of all the fall candy crops that could be ruined.”

“Let’s not get our wings dipped in syrup yet,” Berry told her friends. “We can get to the bottom of this.”

A sugar fly appeared and dropped a note for Raina. She read the letter quickly and then showed her friends. “The note is from Candy Castle. Princess Lolli is calling a meeting of all the fairies. We are supposed to go to the Royal Gardens at Candy Castle now.”

Melli gasped, and her hand flew up to her mouth.

“If Princess Lolli is calling us to the castle, the situation has to be sour!” Dash exclaimed.

“Not necessarily,” Cocoa said, trying to keep her friends calm. But in her heart she wasn’t so sure. Princess Lolli was the kind and gentle ruler of all of Sugar Valley. She didn’t often call a meeting of all the fairies—unless something was very urgent.

The fairies flew off to Candy Castle hoping that all would soon be right in Sugar Valley.

© 2011 Helen Perelman Bernstein

Meet the Author

Helen Perelman enjoys candy from all parts of Sugar Valley, but jelly beans, red licorice, and gummy fish are her favorites. She worked in a children’s bookstore and was a children’s book editor...but sadly she never worked in a candy store. She now writes full time in New York, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Visit her online at HelenPerelman.com and CandyFairies.com.

Erica-Jane Waters is the author and illustrator of many books for children. She graduated from Hereford College of Art & Design in the UK. She creates art for magazines and greeting cards and also designs toys. Erica lives with her husband in in Northamptonshire, UK.

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Gooey Goblins: Halloween Special 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great your kids will love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks nice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so good. A perfect book to read during halloween time.
Elizabeth Moeck More than 1 year ago
Its a great adventure book. Great book for little kids
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think gooey golins is a REALLY good book! This book is maybe the best book in the whole wide world! I really love the idea of a pink and rainbow seahorse besides, rainbow means "all colors".
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello why are you reading this? I am just a box of tomatoes fairy. I am not a swirl through time. I am not a sammich. Or a potato.
Merfemfay77 More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book great deatails. The author had alot of imagination! Wheni read this book I did not want it to end. Sophie age 9
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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