Chocolate Fever

Chocolate Fever


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Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith, Gioia Fiammenghi

Getting Chocolate Fever can change your ideas about chocolate and life!

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142405956
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/20/2006
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 53,246
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Chocolate Fever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
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books_r_great More than 1 year ago
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!
claudia cespedes More than 1 year ago
I like it!
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Rebecca Lubbert More than 1 year ago
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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Jillian Johnson More than 1 year ago
omg!he eats so much he gets choclate fever but 1daay he runs away for days see what happens!
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Momtastic More than 1 year ago
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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I am a 7 year old boy and I liked Chocolate Fever. It was really good. Parts of it were funny.
Butter4Scotch More than 1 year ago
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.
Rachel7 More than 1 year ago
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.