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PROS: This book is magical in itself. First it covers all the bases that kids have to deal with growing up: PARENTS, LOSS OF A LOVED ONE, PLAY TIME, RIGHT and WRONG, ETC. What made me get this book is ONE I'm a parent of three young women, someday I may be a grandfather who knows. The illustrations in this book rock, they are right up there with "Nightmare Before Christmas" where the illustrations were actually pictures of hand made puppets. I loved the use of light and cheery colors in the book. Okay so there is the use of the word fart and the kid eats well after his bedtime, but remember the were Magic Candies. With Magic anything is possible. I don't want to give away any more of the storyline, just remember when reading it to a child that you the parent, grandparent or teacher is in control of much of the interpretation of the storyline. Can you tell I loved this book. I didn't have time for the book or the review today, but once I picked it up I couldn't put it down, and as I see its worth I wanted to share it with you now rather than later.
CONS: This book brought back so many memories of being a parent, loss of relatives, and even being a child that it brought a tear to my eye. Where was this book sixty years ago when I was a kid?
Yes I'd get this again, so glad that I have the Kindle Version, and I'd recommend it to anyone. With age of the reader well I'm 64 and liked it. I know that the story can be read to all ages from anyone that reads stories aloud.
I appreciate the artistry here. I am a certified, masters prepared librarian. I'm not sure that this is a story hour book. I would happily read it as a bedtime story and leave time for discussion. I disagree with previous reviews. I was not remotely offended.
This was such a creative story. My children were captivated immediately. The illustrations are beautiful. The illustrator took lots of time to create these very detailed scenes that come to life. It was nice reading a story without having a typical predictable storyline. We loved the bubble gum candy. I feel like this story could be helpful for a young child who faces challenges with expressing difficult feelings, lonliness, shyness or may be an introvert. A very fun read.
This is a very charming children’s book with a very interesting way of delivering heartwarming messages. I will definitely share this with my grandson! Even though he is only six years old and may not quite to get the messages yet, I think he will enjoy the story and it can help us start many conversations about what this character is feeling and how it can relate to him.
Such charming illustrations!!! The story is very quirky and may not be the right fit for everyone, but I loved it! (Spoilers) the sofa's thoughts add some great humor, the dog's are a nice burst of understanding, there's a sweet treatment of those who have passed away, and the treatment of dad is spot on- a great juxtaposition of parenting stress and constant lecture next to the very true thoughts of constant, undying love. The courage to make his first friend is a perfect ending. Greatly enjoyed sharing this with my boys.
I remember that, when I first got this book in 2017, right after it was published in Korean, I read it right away when my kid was still in school and cried for hours. That evening I read it to my kid, then a 4-year-old. He liked the book, because there were pretty candies and I'm very good at reading books with a funny voice. But, of course, he didn't get why his mom cried after reading the book. We read the book again and again for the following years, and now, as an 8-year-old, he gets all the feelings just as I do. He gets saddened and giggles and feels hope with me, while we read the book together. When they published the book in English, I bought it and donated it to his class. I hope the kids will enjoy the book.
So yes, it is not about a perfect world. It is about a real world a kid has to live in, without perfect understanding about it. Where is the mom gone? Why does he play alone all the time? Why does his dad always nag on him? Why does his own dog seem to not play with him? Where is the grandma gone? As a kid, you cannot understand all these realities of your life. And the kid has learned how to live with them, without good answers to his questions. But he still desires to know. He still wants to connect, to his dad, to his dog, to his grandma, and to friends. How? Of course, it would be ideal if there's his mom or if he has a good teacher or neighbor. But somehow, without any adults' help, he finds a way, the magic candies. So he gets to connect to his sofa and his dog. Then he gets to understand why his dad is always tired and repeats himself but that he actually truly loves his son. And he gets comfort from his grandma's voice, who must have been a mom-figure for him, when she was alive. Finally, he now gets the courage to go out and call another boy in the playground. With the help of the magic candies, he overcomes his traumas and connects to the world.
The magic candies are a symbol, something that would help you to talk to yourself, heal from traumas, and connect to the ones you love. It is out of imagination, and it doesn't have to be actual candies, when you think about the lessons you can get from the book. What would be your magic candy? Can you be a magic candy to a kid or anyone who needs one?
I chose this book for the quirky and lively illustrations. The story felt personal because when I was little I was very hesitant to speak up. I’m almost 73 years old and I cried a little bit at the end this story because I was happy for Tong Tong. I recommend this book to everybody.