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Magic Candies Hardcover – Picture Book, Sept. 1 2021

4.2 out of 5 stars 1,191 ratings

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“Show-stopping spreads by Baek, similar to art by Red Nose Studio, feature molded, emotive figures in meticulously constructed scenery with miniature furniture, photographed under dramatic lighting―an effect startlingly close to animation. It’s a fully realized world that considers discerning meaning and making friends, while offering artwork that lingers in the memory.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The enhanced artwork establishes depth and perspective…depictions of facial expressions are skillful and endearing, and the interplay between text and illustrations will cause readers to linger and ponder. An enigmatic, quirky representation of an active imagination in search of understanding and companionship.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This picture book import is so good that it’s been turned into stage productions in South Korea…You’ll also be sure to treat your couch with greater kindness after a single read.”
―NPR

“Hilarious and heartbreaking, this inventive picture book will change the way readers view their world.”
―New York Public Library

“Deeply touching, funny, and incredibly odd, this is the kind of picture book that gets you excited about picture books all over again…
Magic Candies is so remarkable…a book that is both about giving voice to the voiceless and finding your own.” ―Betsy Bird, School Library Journal

Magic Candies is an incredibly sophisticated work of art as well as an unusual, funny, and moving story making it a winning combination.” Outside In World

“At turns funny, weird, and heartfelt, this imaginative picture book from Korean author and storyteller Heena Baek will take readers along on Tong Tong’s journey as he goes from lonely to brave. Uniquely illustrated with color photography, and skillfully translated into English by Sophie Bowman,
Magic Candies is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8.” ―Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Heena Baek is an acclaimed picture book author and illustrator from South Korea. She won the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, a huge international award honoring the body of work of children’s book creators. She studied educational technology at Ewha Womans University and animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Utilizing her diverse animation production experience, Heena creates powerful and interesting picture books, often sculpting characters and building sets. She is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books, many of which have been translated and have received awards from South Korea and internationally. Follow her on Twitter @heenastory.

Sophie Bowman studied social anthropology and Korean studies at SOAS University of London before going on to complete an MA in Korean literature at Ewha Womans University. She is now a PhD student at the University of Toronto, studying Korean literature. Sophie was a recipient of the ICF Literature Translation Fellowship during her studies at Ewha. She won the Korea Times Modern Korean Literature Translation Award grand prize for poetry in 2015 with her translations of Jin Eun-young and co-translated Kim Bo-Young’s I’m Waiting for You and Other Stories. Follow her on Twitter @SophieOrbital.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amazon Crossing Kids; Reprint edition (Sept. 1 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1542029597
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1542029599
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 544 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 25.4 x 2.54 x 25.4 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 1,191 ratings

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1.0 out of 5 stars Topics include flatulence, excrement, and talking with the dead
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1.0 out of 5 stars Topics include flatulence, excrement, and talking with the dead
Reviewed in the United States on August 1, 2021
I ordered this book based on looking at the preview and seeing the impressive illustrations. I always read children’s books to determine if the content is appropriate, before reading them with my grandchildren or giving them the books to read on their own. This book is recommended for 4-8 year children.

Negatives:
- In this book, my 4-year old grandchild would learn the word “fart” and how maybe to spell it. Some 4 year olds may already know the word, but neither I nor my daughter find this to be appropriate content for the children. The book also presents the word in a somewhat disparaging way relating to the father of the child in the book.
- There is a page of dense prose that most 4 and 5 year old children may not want to read or be able to read on their own. This is just as well because it is really a diatribe that portrays the child’s father in a very negative way. We also here about dog poop in this paragraph.
- The child talks with his dead grandmother. This seems very inappropriate, for many reasons, to put in a book for 4 to 8 year old children. If there have been any deaths in the family including grandparents, this may be traumatic for young children; it may be in conflict with belief systems within the family, and it may awaken some fears of the supernatural in some children.

The whole story is about a young child with no friends who is forced to play by himself, not even appreciated by his dog, who lives in a home with a strict, authoritarian, and overbearing father. The child creates a make-believe world with the help of some magic candy, or a real magic world, depending on how the reader interprets the story. The book attempts to redeem the relationship with the child’s father and the dog, but the redemption offered is weak.

The illustrations are visually striking and well done, they remind me of old claymation television shows from the 1960s, like the Gumby shows, except done in high resolution and with beautiful surrounding graphics.

Really, this is more of an adult-themed book, in the guise of a children’s book. It is somewhat cautionary to adults about the perceptions of children in a very authoritarian environment.

I can’t recommend this book for children, and I won’t be reading this with my grandchildren or passing this book along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Book Many Messages 4 all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations
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5.0 out of 5 stars A precious children's story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming children’s tail with a nice message
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