Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Daniel's Crazy Chocolate Party Book Review


Today we have a book about chocolate, the love of chocolate, children, and family. Yesterday you had the opportunity to learn more about the author, Lisabeth Protherough in our interview so today I'm actually doing a book review. The photo to the right is what the book I was sent looks like on the front cover.  I'll include a few more photos with the review.  This is a book published in the UK by a UK author so there may be a few phrases that are not as common in the USA as they are in the UK but I didn't find it a problem at all for understanding and sharing the book with a test child that I read to.

The book has 26 story pages along with a front page you can add your child's name to and back pages with publication and the chocco party company information. The story is by Lisabeth Protherough while the illustrations are by Jon Burgess.  You can buy Daniel's Crazy Chocco Party
 on Amazon here in the USA.

The story is fairly simple.  5 year old Daniel is a huge chocolate fan.  I really like that both text and pictures show the types of chocolate that we also cover here as chocolate -- white, milk, dark.  Here on the back cover of the book he is holding a milk chocolate bar.  His parents have to hold tightly to their dark chocolate bars because contrary to popular opinion, Daniel loves that, too.  Daniel loves chocolate in a variety of forms -- candy bars, cereal, ice cream, and milk are listed but we can imagine that if it is made of chocolate, this boy might eat or drink it.

The bulk of the story revolves around Daniel's 6th birthday party which his mother calls a Crazy Chocco PartyTM.  I really liked that we see Daniel help plan the party so he is an active participant.  Then we get to the party itself and it is indeed crazy messy and fun.  The children do all sorts of silly things with chocolate beyond just eating or drinking it.  This photo is from the center of the book where they are dipping food into chocolate and licking their plates clean.  I don't want to go into all of the activities because that would ruin the book for you.  We get a good sense of the fun the children are having from the language and the illustrations.  I particularly love the complex reactions on the parents faces when the kids are done and are a chocolate mess to behold.

This was a fun book to read to the test child though I am going to warn you that you'll want to have a bit of chocolate on hand to soothe them and you because reading this and seeing the different chocolate shades will make you hungry. If you live in the UK you can get help with your own chocco party by going to the website listed in the back.  No reason you couldn't think of the ideas in the book and visit the website to try this in other parts of the world either. Enjoy the book, enjoy your chocolate.



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