I Love Chocolate

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I love chocolates because each one can be a surprise — you have to taste them all to find out what’s inside!

What’s not to like about chocolate? It smells good and tastes even better. In I Love Chocolate, readers will experience the taste, smell, and color of the world’s most beloved treat through the eyes of a child. Whether you savor this book slowly or devour it with gusto, readers will appreciate — and crave — the content in this yummy book...

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I love chocolates because each one can be a surprise — you have to taste them all to find out what’s inside!

What’s not to like about chocolate? It smells good and tastes even better. In I Love Chocolate, readers will experience the taste, smell, and color of the world’s most beloved treat through the eyes of a child. Whether you savor this book slowly or devour it with gusto, readers will appreciate — and crave — the content in this yummy book that is perfect for children … and grown-ups, too.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Mama Robot:
“. . . Mama Robot is a perfect melding of text and illustration in a story that satisfies.” — Quill & Quire, starred review

“This wonderful book should not only charm children, but also any mothers who are torn between giving their children all the attention they want and earning a living. The illustrations are fantastic. . . . This is an absolutely delightful book that will be read over and over again.” — Resource Links

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Why do I love chocolate?" If chocolate lovers need any reasons, here they are. Our narrator loves the bars with their crunch and surprises inside. He loves all the different kinds. Chocolate makes so many bad times "better," and every day a celebration. We readers must think about our chocolate eating style, from "dainty chocolate dabbler" to "monster muncher," and from "by the handful" to "one at a time." Chocolate does make for happiness. "The only hard part about loving chocolate is eating too much." There is a raw directness to Daviddi's cartoony ink-and-paint characters. Large heads allow for exaggerated emotional reactions to the chocolate with wide open mouths and lots of teeth, very wide smiles sometimes with a tip of tongue showing, etc. There is only a hint of context here and there amid the various forms of chocolate that spill over onto the end pages. It is fun to make the mouth water. The jacket has a poster on the reverse. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

"Why do I love chocolate?" a boy asks as he is about to take a colossal bite of a candy bar. He then lists all the reasons: it crunches and melts, and it can make bad times better. Chocolate can also be part of a celebration, and there are so many ways to eat it. There are even different types of chocolate eaters, and the boy asks readers, "What's your chocolate-eating style?" There isn't much of a story arc here but, instead, the book is a list of all the ways that chocolate can be enjoyed. Readers and listeners won't much mind the nontraditional storytelling, as the text captures the essence of chocolate-its varying incarnations and textures-and it will leave everyone salivating. In addition to being a great candidate for programs, the book has potential as an easy reader as well. The art has a European flair and is reminiscent of David Roberts's work in Janet Wong's Dumpster Diver (Candlewick, 2007), though Daviddi's palette is much more muted. This isn't entirely successful, as the dark tones-presumably to evoke the rich browns of chocolate-somewhat dull the joyous nature of the topic. Nevertheless, the art and narrative work together; while the text is no-frills, the illustrations depict fancier treats, like cakes and truffles. Kids will be drawn to the book based on the title alone. Pair it with Erik Kraft's Chocolatina (Scholastic, 2004) for a sweet storytime.-Laura Lutz, Queens Borough Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Let us stuff our caloric worries away and now praise, in read-aloud voice, chocolate-that giver of happiness and succor and stomachaches. "The only hard part about loving chocolate is eating too much," notes a grim-faced urchin at the close of this salute to the sweet. Cal" suggests many reasons to celebrate chocolate: because it comes in so many, always pleasing, ways, shapes and means; because it takes the sting out of hard times; because it makes every day a special one; because you have to take a bite out of each one in a sampler to see what's inside. There are, in fact, so many reasons that it feels as though he's grasping for material by the end. But the very young target audience won't mind, and they are sure to be captive to Daviddi's wry artwork. The characters have the elemental sophistication of stone pictographs come to life, with great, stick-figure maws ever ready for chocolate insertion. The colors are gorgeous and, appropriately, are reminiscent of a Wayne Thiebaud cupcake-chocolate, of course. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887769122
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,430,761
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Davide Calì began his career as a cartoon writer for the Italian magazine Linus. He began writing children’s books in 2000, and since then, he has published twenty books for children; the first four of which he illustrated himself. His book Piano Piano received a Bologna Ragazzi Special Award and the Switzerland Enfantaisies Prize. He is also the co-author of I Can’t Wait, winner of the Baobob Prize. At the age of thirty, Calì has received the Belgium Libbylit Award, and France’s SNCF award. His books have been published in France, Italy, and Austria, and translations of his books have been published in eighteen countries. Calì lives in Genoa, Italy.

Evelyn Daviddi was born in Carpi, Italy. She trained at the European Institute of Design in Milano. Evelyn works as an illustrator for many European publishers, including ZOOlibri. Her extensive background includes illustrating for magazines, advertising, fashion, and cartoons.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    I Love Chocolate

    Cali, D. (2009). I Love Chocolate. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books of Northern New York.


    Originally written in Italian and published in Italy, it is clear that the narrator of this gentle story loves chocolate. I mean, LOVES chocolate. There is some serious lust for chocolate here. (And who could blame him? I mean. really.)

    The writing is poetic and well composed. The art is pleasant and neutral with a lot of browns to reinforce the main subject. The one flaw is that I Love Chocolate does not really address the dangers of eating too much chocolate and even presents it as an option for dealing with an upsetting experience. A teacher or parent may have to remind some young readers of the advantages of moderation or exercise.

    Activities to do with the book:

    This book could trigger a discussion of favorite foods and a lesson on how to express love for that food in the form of a poetic essay.

    Students could also tell stories about events in which they ate a lot of chocolate.

    Favorite Quotes:

    "I love chocolate when it's full of surprises. You have to take a bite to find out what's inside."

    "Are you a dainty chocolate dabbler? Or a monster muncher?"

    For more of my reviews, visit sjkessel.blogspot.com.

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