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Author: Dotti Enderle

Illustrator: Chuck Galey

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Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc., 2004

Material: hard cover

Summary: Jake's first stop at the Texas State Fair is the Cotton Candy booth. As he enjoys his favorite confection, oblivious to the world, the fair is undergoing a pink transformation. This is a story that weaves a tall tale with fantasy.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 4.3

Age of Child: Started reading with child nearly 3 years old. STILL reading this at nearly 5 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: This is a regular must-read in our house (now going on 2 years). It took a couple of readings--and some time explaining the pictures--but now we have to read it every night.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute story, with enough subtlety and adult humor to make the repeated readings fun for parents, too. It was have an beyond-the-ordinary story and some clever problem solving.

Pros: You can expand your child's vocabulary. Our nearly three-year-old is now saying "what in tar-nation" routinely.

Cons: None really. The book could become as sickeningly-sweet and sticky as the confection itself after a while. If you don't have one already, you may catch yourself talking with a Texas drawl.

Borrow or Buy: If you love State Fairs (and/or cotton candy), definitely buy it. Even if you don't buy it, this is a must-read for your library list.


Educational Themes: If you want to inspire or encourage your kids to be creative--and think of new adventures with every-day objects, this is a good book for jumpstarting their imagination.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fables and folklore, humor, picture book, fantasy

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2004, June 2006

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