Chocolate Fever

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Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day-it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him. First he makes medical history with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. Then he finds himself caught up in a wild and hilarious ...

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Overview

Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day-it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him. First he makes medical history with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. Then he finds himself caught up in a wild and hilarious chase, climaxed by a very unusual hijacking!

From eating too much chocolate, Henry breaks out in brown bumps that help him foil some hijackers and teach him a valuable lesson about self-indulgence.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-6Chocolate lovers will identify with Henry Green who eats chocolate wherever and however he wants. What a shock when he breaks out in a rash of brown spots that smell like chocolate! After running away from the doctor at the hospital, Henry stands up to a gang of boys, hitches a ride with a truck driverand is hijacked along with him. Veteran character voice actor Lionel Wilson reads Robert Kimmel Smith's book Coward, 1972; Dell, pap.. Some of the character voices are exaggerated stereotypes emphasizing the humor of the book. Embedded in this tale are lessons in courage, caring, moderation, and prejudice. These tapes are good for individual and small groups to enhance reading skills especially in the middle elementary grades.-Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
From the Publisher
"It's all quite preposterous and lots of laughs, and so are the cartoon illustrations."--Publishers Weekly.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142405956
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/20/2006
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 48,878
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Robert Kimmel Smith was 8 years old when he read his first book--a book that moved him enough to make him cry. It turned out to be a life-defining event, because after that experience he decided not only that he loved reading, but also, luckily for us and for his millions of fans, that he wanted to become a writer. Little did he know that he would grow up to become an award-winning author whose books have sold millions of copies and are making a difference to millions of children.

It would take 30 years for his dream to become a reality. He embarked on his writing career in 1970 after leaving the advertising business. But as Smith himself described it, his foray into writing books began entirely by accident, and he credits his daughter with getting him started. It seems that one night he was making up a bedtime story for his daughter, Heidi. As he was spinning his yarn, it began to grow and grow and take on a life of its own. Heidi urged him to finish the story, which ultimately became his first book, Chocolate Fever. Heidi must have known that there was something delicious about that story, because Chocolate Fever went on to sell almost two million copies.

But, ideas for books don't always come that easily. Ideas come to Smith from life experiences, from things that happened to him personally or from things that happened to people he knew. Jelly Belly was drawn from his own childhood, when he was the fattest child in the fifth grade. The War with Grandpa garnered 11 state awards (five within one six-week period!). Mostly Michael was written for some fifth graders who asked Smith to write about an "average" kid who doesn't like school. According to Smith, he wrote The Squeaky Wheel because he wanted kids to know that there was life after parents divorce, and that kids have to speak up for their rights. Though told with humor, it is a powerful book that won the Parents' Choice award for Story Books.

Some authors are highly structured, outlining every step of a book's process. But Smith starts with a hero, an opening situation, and a loose idea of where the story will go. "I don't want to know everything; that would be too boring for me. So in a sense, I am discovering the story along with my characters," says Smith.

The message he wants to convey to children with his books is simple but fundamental: "Get the most out of yourself, enjoy life, and be good to people along the way." He says that he also writes about making moral choices, without lecturing his readers. Smith says, "I think I wrote Chocolate Fever just to say 'you can't have everything every time you want,' which is a basic truth except for the IRS." But, there is a far more basic reason that Smith writes books: "My secret agenda is to create books so entertaining that the kids get hooked on reading, particularly boys, who need help."

Robert Kimmel Smith lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Claire in a big old Victorian house. They have two grown children: Heidi and Roger. Robert and Claire love to cook, and both are fanatical baseball fans. They go to the movies and the theater. Smith plays tennis, swims, gardens, and tries not to gain weight.

Robert Kimmel Smith's works include: Chocolate Fever, Jelly Belly, Mostly Michael, The War with Grandpa, The Squeaky Wheel. In addition to writing award-winning books for children, Smith has written short stories and plays, as well as the script for the television production of Chocolate Fever for "CBS Story Break."

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An Excerpt from Chocolate Fever

Can you imagine a boy having a chocolate-bar sandwich as an after-school
snack? Well, Henry did, just about every day. And when he ate mashed potatoes,
just a few drops of chocolate syrup swished through seemed to make them
taste a lot better. Chocolate sprinkles sprinkled on top of plain buttered
noodles were tasty, too. Not to mention a light dusting of cocoa on things
like canned peaches, pears, and applesauce.
In the Greens' kitchen pantry there was always a giant supply of chocolate
cookies, chocolate cakes, chocolate pies, and chocolate candies of every
kind. There was ice cream, too. Chocolate, of course, and chocolate nut,
chocolate fudge, chocolate marshmallow, chocolate swirl, and especially
chocolate almond crunch. And all of it was just for Henry.

If there was one thing you could say about Henry it was that he surely did
love chocolate. "Probably more than any boy in the history of the world,"
his mother said.

"How does Henry like his chocolate?" Daddy Green would sometimes joke.

"Why, he likes it bitter, sweet, light, dark, and daily."

And it was true. Up until the day we're talking about right now.

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Table of Contents

1 Meet Henry Green 13
2 A Strange Feeling 19
3 Mrs. Kimmelfarber's Problem 24
4 Pop! 29
5 Calling Dr. Fargo 34
6 Catch That Boy! 41
7 In the Schoolyard 48
8 Mac 56
9 Hijacked 66
10 Taking a Licking 72
11 At "Sugar" Cane's 81
12 The Lesson Learned 88
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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    A fun read for the kids!

    I read this book when I was a child growing up in the 80's and loved it. Only a few books stand out in my memory that I read growing and this was one of them. I have an 11 year old son now and he has read it and loved it too!

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Gag

    I like it!

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    You should consider reading this.

    The chocolate fever is a great book for reading a chapter a night. The book is amusing and sweet. Great for kids ages 7-10

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2011

    ok

    Ok

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    lots of choclate

    omg!he eats so much he gets choclate fever but 1daay he runs away for days see what happens!

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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    A great lesson for kids and

    they don't even know they are learning a lesson the book is so much fun to read. Fun to read more than once and even as a read aloud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2009

    I liked it!

    I am a 7 year old boy and I liked Chocolate Fever. It was really good. Parts of it were funny.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    Chocolate Fever

    I enjoyed reading Chocolate Fever. It was about a young boy who got Chocolate fever. Once I started reading it, it was hard to put down. The book was fun, it keep my attention. I would recommend it to my friends in my class to read.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

    If you like chocolate, this is your kind of book!

    Chocolate Fever was a great book. I liked the part where the robbers were invaded by dogs. It is a really fun book and makes you hungry! I recommend that you read it. It is easy to read and short! Perfect for a 1st or 2nd grader.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I loved it

    this book was really silly so it had be laughing from beginning to end and I've read it countless times and still love it. i definitely recommend it . i fist read it when i was 7, and I'm 14 now and still love this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    disappointing

    this book, Chocolate fever, has probly been the worst book I have read in my life! To me, it's 'no action-no reading'. But I read it anyway. The book was very disappointing to me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    A plot of chocolate spots

    Chocolate Fever is one of the silliest tales you¿ll ever read. Cleverly written and full of unusual events, this story could make even the most serious person laugh out loud. It is a quick read and perfect for younger children. Although it¿s hilarious, the ending does comes quickly, and the problem is solved too easily. Even the age of reader could handle something more complicated than a quick fix.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2005

    BOOK LOVER!!

    I loved this book! The way it talks about all the troubles the little boy had to go through, was amazing. The detailed words really described the amotions. I love chocolate and this really got me hungry for another book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2005

    Good

    This book is a really good book for kids up to age 8. it is a good book but really childish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    a 6th grade girl

    The book Chocolate Fever is a really good book by, Robert Kimmel Smith. It's about a boy named Henry Green. He eats chocolate for every meal. Henry eats chocolate bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily. Then one day eating chocolate for every meal went wrong. Henry went to school, and then during class it happened Henry got chocolate fever, but can chocolate fever lead to hijacking and if Henry's chocolate fever goes away? Read this book to find out,if chocolate fever can lead to hijacking and if Henry's chocolate fever goes away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    Chocolate Fever

    Have you ever wounded why a lot of food or candy is bad for you. Well you can find out in a book called Chocolate Fever. The one reason why I like this book is because, it tells me about how eating to much chocolate, can cause you to get sick. When hennery first got chocolate fever he felt funny, and then he realized that he had brown spots all over his body. Henry felt very strange when the Teachers and Doctors where looking and checking his body. I can relate to Henry, (the main character) because we have a lot in common. One way that Henry and I can relate is because we both love chocolate. Henry and I also have rashes that we both need cures for. The rashes both take along time to cure. My last thought of this book was that it is sad. The reason why I thought that the book was sad is because I can relate to how he feels. One reason why the people were talking about him is because they didn¿t know what kind of condition he was in. Henry felt very sad when the doctors and teachers were checking and testing him to see what was causing the brown spot. After reading the book Chocolate Fever I¿m glad that I treat people with respect and always treat them how I want to be treated. I hope that you would find this book interesting and go out and buy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2004

    Makes you wanna slap somebody!mmmm!

    It was funny to me, and it made me so hungry, considering the fact we had not eaten lunch yet. That made it better! I love chocolate, but I wouldn't take advantage of it! Ha hA HA!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2003

    This was the first bool I ever read!

    This was the first whole book that I ever read...that was 20 years ago when I was 6 years old. I was in the second grade and I can recall the triumph of finishing each chapter. I can't remember how long it took me to read it, but the sense of pride was enormous. I had help from my mother with words that I didn't know and it was the first time that I looked up words in the dictionary without it being a school assignment. I hope that everyone realizes that the best way to awaken the reader in a child is to introduce them to books that interest THEM. Pay attention to children and you will know what they want to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    If you are a primary teacher, it will work wonderfully with your students

    I`m a teacher of English from Argentina.I read Choco Fever with 5th graders (bilingual school).They really loved the story and specially Henry Green and his adventures.It was a great book to learn many new verbs in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2002

    Chocolate Fever

    It was the best book ever. My favorite part was when he get's all the chocolate spots. I would recmend it for children my age. I'm 10. If you don't read it you will miss out on all the fun. It was the best book ever in a lifetime. I loved it. I'm doing a book report on it because it was so good. So remember to read it or else.

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