Of course I also have to leave you with a summer reading tip! Don't think reading means a novel! For kids reading can be a joke book, a handbook or even a magazine. My son loves Sports Illustrated Kids and my daughter can't wait for American Girl or Teen Vogue. Don't get me started on the amount of knock knock jokes that have been read to me over the years! Just remember that reading is reading, no matter what form it takes.
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Title: The Candymakers
Author: Wendy Mass
Target: Grades 4-7
I really had a hard time putting this book down. I was surprised how well written it was. It started off very much like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Four kids are selected to participate in a candy making competition and are allowed into a chocolate factory that was closed to visitors long ago. However, this is where the similarity ends.
The fun of this book is that the story is told in five parts, the first four are from the perspective of each of the participants. You see the story from the first child’s perspective, and then low and behold, when you get to the next child, your perception of the events are thrown on their head. I loved it each time my son got to a new revelation, he looked up at me just as amazed as I had been. The story gets richer and more interesting with each child’s version.
I will say that some of the scenarios are bit far fetched, but it is a children’s book, set in a candy factory for goodness sake, so I will certainly allow the author the whimsy that the books subject conjures up. Once I was into this story, I found it difficult to stop reading (kind of like a bag of M&Ms, you can't take just one handful), which I think is the best kind of recommendation!
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