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I just got this book as an online Kindle edition to see if it was worth buying and reading to my students at school. After reading it, I realized it's a bizarre story, with odd pictures (and I'm usually a fan of different kinds of art/illustrations), that won't be making it into my school library. There is no purpose to this book. I am always looking for books that fit the "bibliotherapy" of my classroom (kids ages 5-6), with some sort of meaning to the story - where they can connect. There is no connection here, unfortunately.
Tong Tong goes to the store to add to his marble collection, but instead ends up with some magic hard candies that allow him to hear the inner voices of select people, animals, and inanimate objects.
I was not really a fan of this children's book. The text was too difficult for young children to read and too overly complicated for them to grasp. The style of illustration was not to my liking either, so there was not much about this book that would recommend. The germ of an idea that prompted the author to write Magic Candies was interesting, as people often wonder what their pets are thinking, but it was not enough to give this story life.
I chose Magic Candies from the monthly selections of the First Reads giveaways. The decision to write this review was entirely my own.
This story is a bit depressing. I am glad my grandchildren lost interest before I got to page 13. Not recommended unless your child is fussing about having no friends. Even then, I recommend reading it to yourself before you read it to your kids.