The Candy Conspiracy

By Carrie Snyder and Claudia Dávila

From 3 to 7 | 32 pages

In Candyville, the Juicy Jelly Worm rules over a land where lollipop trees grow beside rivers of root beer and powdered sugar falls like snow. Every day, he devours his candy throne, jujube crown and cupcake castle. Day in and day out, the children of Candyville must make new ones — never getting so much as a nibble of nougat for themselves.

Finally, one child comes up with an idea to outsmart the self-centered tyrant. The children plant a secret garden, hoping the fruits of their labor, which include sugar snap peas, candy cane beets, sweet potatoes, and watermelon radishes, might appeal to the Juicy Jelly Worm just enough to spark the sweetest trade ever.

Deliciously free of morals or overt lessons, this book is full of playful warnings and tips (“Warning: Parents like candy, too. They’re just pretending they don’t. Search the cupboards.”). The wordplay and wicked sense of humor will appeal to kids while encouraging them to stick up for themselves.
"Davila's bright pictures look truly delectable, and nutritionists and dentists everywhere will groan as the children chomp down on all the sweets." - Kirkus Reviews
"A happy, satisfying book for children who enjoy eating candy and outwitting grownups." - The National Reading Campaign
"A fun romp that doesn't take itself too seriously...a fitting dessert to any storytime." - Quill & Quire
"An inviting, delightful story line." - The Midwest Book Review
"With its intimate tone, delicious descriptive poetic narrative and reversed sense of justice, "The Candy Conspiracy" exudes undying appeal for kids and the adults who care for them." - The Midwest Book Review
""The Candy Conspiracy" is a sweetly silly story that kids will eat up. Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens, 2015

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