February’s book review is on The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass (2010.) When I heard my grandsons laughing behind a closed door as their mom read it to them at bedtime, I couldn’t wait to find out what was so funny. And I wasn’t disappointed.
What’s so funny?
The book delights the funny bone because it takes place in a candy factory where the candies have crazy, colorful names such as Gummzilla and Gummysaurus Rex. Anything goes!
In the afterlife,’ Miles said, breaking the silence, ‘no one gets cavities.'”(page 39)
Things are not as they seem
I enjoyed the unfolding of The Candymakers, which is narrated by four different kids who tell us what they’re doing and why. Appearances can be so deceiving. The kids act in certain ways for understandable reasons, as we all do. It’s satisfying to find out who they really are underneath what others see.
Who would like this book
Our grandkids (ages 5 to 13) raved about the story. I loved it, too, and not just because I’m a candy-lover. It’s wholesome, fun, and suspenseful. Everything about the book is well-crafted. No surprise that it made the New York Times Bestseller list and won the 2011-2012 National Homeschool Book Award. I highly recommend it to parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, babysitters – anyone who wants to sit on the couch with kids leaning on them, laughing together.
To hear Wendy Mass talk about The Candymakers, click here and scroll down to the video.
February 2, 2015