Wally and the Sweet Mountain Candy Factory

An Interactive Story About Family and Relationships

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Pub Date 11 Nov 2019 | Archive Date 18 Apr 2023

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Put on your candy making hat and find a conveyor belt; there is work to be done!

INTERACTIVE. Get your kids wiggling and giggling as they stretch, roll, and sprinkle alongside Wally and friends!

Spark a love for family history at a much younger age! Catch Wally's excitement and learn about those who came before you. Define words like legacy, Family Tree, and tradition.

Side columns add a unique concept of engagement on every page. Discover kids' answers to a variety of topics while acting out the steps of working at Sweet Mountain Candy Factory.

  • Actions create an interactive experience to laugh and play together. A space to feel happy!
  • Questions facilitate joyful and memorable conversations. Document the answers for your own history!

Two customized recipes in the back that kids will love making together. Stretch, roll, sprinkle, and hammer in real life! Work alongside each other, in your own kitchen, to create not only lollipops and taffy, but fun memories!

*Bonus wisdom within Wally: Brainstorm by using your imagination to think critically, follow a step-by-step process and understand logical order by counting with numbers, learn how to respond with empathy and kindness, and discover we all need help from one another. Plus a fun seek and find hiding through the pages!

Put on your candy making hat and find a conveyor belt; there is work to be done!

INTERACTIVE. Get your kids wiggling and giggling as they stretch, roll, and sprinkle alongside Wally and friends!


Advance Praise

"""Clearly, this author has been around kids. Clearly, she knows what they need. Clearly, she has delivered a work of genius! She's done the pre-thinking that will earn her the blessings of teachers for years to come! She's added the movement that will earn her the blessings of parents for years to come and she's added a good amount of candy that will earn her smiles from children for years to come! She's rolled all these delicious ideas into one sweet story and sprinkled it with love! Good stuff!""

""I absolutely enjoyed this sweet interactive children’s book!! Fantastic to add to your school library for students to practice answering WH questions, following directions and learning new vocabulary words! I love that the author includes recipes and a create your own family tree! I cannot wait to share Wally with my classroom! Super fun story that the little ones in your life will want to read over and over again""

""Each time you read this book is an opportunity for fun and meaningful conversation with your kids. This book is so much more than just another kids story. Thanks Meghan for such a great book!!""

""Wally is for everyone. I just love how Wally spans generations. Wally is for toddlers just learning to read, he is for middle aged children that have opinions they love to share, and he is for adults looking to connect with their child. This book has endless possibilities. The story changes as your child grows and learns. It is interactive, allowing you to ask your child questions. The book gives your child an open time to share how he or she feels and our children need more opportunities to do that. Wally has the most colorful and fun loving set of characters. The book bursts with life, color and all things wonderful. The incredible author also includes lessons in vocabulary, ideas for family time (making a family tree), and recipes for yummy candy. I cannot recommend this book enough! Every home NEEDS Wally!""

""I love that this book will never get old. First few reads my kids just wanted to look at the pictures. There's a hidden 'Where's Waldo' element. Next few reads- There are a few questions to get your child involved in the story. I usually hate the side comments to parents- but this is one or two questions on each page....very manageable and fun. Finally, once they have the vibrant pictures already memorized, your kids can lay on their belly and be in the story- be the conveyor belt....get candy hammered and stretched right on them! This provides endless giggles. Highly recommend adding it to your collection.""

"" It is much more than just a fun story book, it allows for interaction and discussion with your child so they can be very involved with the story.""

“Lots of giggles from my kids, and asking to read it again and again!”""

""“It’s a real page-turner to see what's coming next. I love the questions and motions that go along with each page to help keep my sons attention and keep wanting more!”"

"""Clearly, this author has been around kids. Clearly, she knows what they need. Clearly, she has delivered a work of genius! She's done the pre-thinking that will earn her the blessings of teachers...

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ISBN 000B08198YRSW
PRICE $3.99 (USD)

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Featured Reviews

Move over Willy Wonka, it’s Wally’s time to shine! This family adventure brings wiggles and giggles to a fun and bright story. Wally and the Sweet Mountain Candy Factory is great for all ages and is the perfect story of candy lovers and those who love a hands-on approach to reading. Will read this one to my class, over and over and over!

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This book has it all! It adds movement to keep kids engaged, has conversations starters for parents to use throughout the pages, focused vocabulary, and even includes activities to do after reading the book.

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A fun and engaging family adventure book. I love the interactive questions the book provides on each page. I enjoyed the recipes for candy too, such a great way to continue the discussions from the book.

Thank you, Netgalley and BooksGoSocial , for the advance reading copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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This adorable interactive story is great at keeping students engaged. I can see this story leading to an inquiry (how is candy made?), possibly a creative candy making centre in the classroom. It has bright colourful pages, interactive content on the sides of pages and a great story about family. Again I can see my class enjoying this story.

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Wally and the Sweet Mountain Candy Factory is adorable! My candy loving boys loved this story of a candy making kid who skis! In fact the skiing may have been our favorite part. I loved that there are prompts to get the kids really captivated by the story, but that the story is adorable and able to be read on it's own without following all of the kid-friendly prompts. This is a must have for any candy loving kids!

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LOVED!!! Great illustrations! So interactive and creative to get kids involved! Can’t wait to buy this for all my nieces and nephews! The recipes and family tree at the end just added awesome factor to this book!!

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Such a sweet (pun absolutely intended) book! I absolutely love all the opportunities to interact, both in acting out the activity from the book (rolling, falling over, etc) as well as answering questions that call for some reflection (family traditions, favorite candy, what do you want to be when you grow up, etc). The story is fun and engaging, and I LOVED the recipes included at the end. Such a cool idea!

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What a great book to read with your little one! The story has prompts with questions to ask and easy activities to do. You can pick which ones you want to do during one reading and then pick new ones the next reading. It’s a great interactive book.

Note: The formatting of the book made it difficult to read as pages were cut off and words were not formatted correctly. It did not affect my rating because I know the finished copy will be beautiful.

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Really fun and interactive. I enjoyed that there were recipes to make our candy and a page to make our own family tree at the end of the book.

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Loved how interactive this book was, was fun for all the family to join in. The illustrations throughout where so good too we really wanted to visit the candy factory by the end.

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Thank you to NetGalley and publishers for this ecopy of Wally and the Sweet Mountain Candy Factory.

We absolutely loved this book, it was illustrated so well and the different fonts throughout the book kept my little boy's attention.
The interaction within this book was fantastic and my little boy absolutely loved this story.

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Oh my goodness, I love this book!! It's so beautifully made, with lots of different fonts for different kinds of actions or products. The drawings are very beautiful, with lots to see.
I also love the join me and tell me bits on almost every page, so the kids can really interact and make the story more personal.
The recipes and empty family tree are also a nice add to the book.
I really really really like this book and would highly recommend it!

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Wally and the Sweet Mountain Candy Factory is adorable! It is an interactive children’s book with wonderful illustrations. It kept my antsy two year old engaged and giggling!

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A very sweet book that adds an interactive element to reading with children that allows for creativity and opportunities to be active. I liked the recipe and the family tree as well, a nice addition. A very colourful and eyecatching book that would definitely appeal to the target audience.

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Wally and the Sweet Mountain Candy Factory is a cute story that will really help your kids feel like they're actually invovled in the story -- not just reading about it! I read this to my own kids and they loved being able to take part in what they were seeing. Very cute!

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This picture book is great in how it offers direct interaction that is also a choice. Often times in a storytime, librarians need to add their own interactive elements. I think this book would be great for someone starting out in a storytime to learn how to make a book interactive.

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Wally reminded me of Charlie, yes, from the chocolate factory.

This is the picture of the adventures of Wally in his factory of family business of Candy making. One day he went to his factory and that was his first day there. Before meeting his GrandPa there he worked with workers of the factory on different machines one by one and realised there was so much take to made one candy. Meanwhile, his brother unknowingly splashed the content all over, finding which his GrandPa made him realise the importance.

This is so adventrous.

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Actually the copy given is only texts. Can't imagine how the book will be, so I opened Amazon to take a peek on how the book is made. The book was well designed, and interactive, so children can read and answers questions. This time Wally is going to the candy factory owned by his family. It was his dream, so the adventure begins. This should be a nice read, if given the actual picture book.

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