Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: The Candy Conspiracy: A Tale of Sweet Victory
Publish August 28, 2015
With The Candy Conspiracy: A Tale of Sweet Victory, Carrie Snyder and Claudia Dávila have composed a delicious riff on a popular children’s fantasy: What if the world was made of candy? Candyville has a castle made of cupcakes, gum-drop trees, and fields of candy corn and red licorice. But unfortunately it also has a cruel dictator, the Juicy Jelly Worm, who keeps all the candy to himself and won’t let the children eat any. The kids hatch a conspiracy to oust him from his whipped cream throne with a plot that involves disguising vegetables as candy (sugar snap peas, candy cane beets, and sweet potatoes.) This is a luscious, yummy subversive book sprinkled with banners with dire warnings, like “Do not lick this page,” and “Children have died from eating their vegetables. Tell your dad.” Snyder usually writes for adults, and in her first foray into kidlit her love of language is evident: she enjoys playing with scrumptious words, making this a joy to read aloud. And Dávila’s expressive illustrations, in a rainbow of bright candy colours, create a Candyville you can almost taste. The Candy Conspiracy is a happy, satisfying book for children who enjoy eating candy and outwitting grownups. Warning: This book will make you want to eat candy. Lots of it. Right away.
Illustration EN: Claudia Dávila
ISBN 13: 978-1-77147-050-6