Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Review: The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

****--4 Stars.
Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the . . . unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise.
Four young friends; Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon; meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies. In addition, the ice cream truck driver, Mr. Stott, has arrived with a few enchanted sweets of his own. But what about the mysterious man in the dark overcoat and fedora hat? Why are all these "magicians" trying to recruit Nate and his friends? Who should they trust?
The mystery deepens and the danger unfolds as the four youngsters discover that the magical strangers have all come to town in search of a legendary, hidden treasure; one that could be used for great evil if it fell into the wrong hands. The kids, now in over their heads, must try to retrieve the treasure first. And so, the war begins . . .

My review:
This isn't my typical book. Maybe one I'd read aloud to the kids or something. I really enjoyed the adventure these kids had and thought the different effects of the candies were really creative. I thought the kids seemed older than they were--I have a son about that age and I cannot image him breaking into a museum and stealing something; or sneaking out at night. However, it was still a magical, original story that kept me turning the pages.

I think my favorite character was Pigeon. He was full of surprises--very smart, yet appearing to be unassuming and immature. I love how he got his name!!

I thought it was kind of funny that kids nowadays are taught NOT to take candy from strangers, yet these kids were taking it left and right from people they didn't know. They seemed a little too eager to trust.

I thought it was a fun story, one that most kids will just love!!

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