If you love baking and fondant icing, then my guest blog sitter Robbie Cheadle is the person to follow.. She has wonderful tutorials on how to successfully bake and decorate cakes and she and her son Michael have turned this skill into a master class on writing for children.
Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.
Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.
Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.
Today Robbie is going to take us all to ice-cream heaven.. meet the rainbow fairies.
Seven ice-cream rainbow fairies and seven fantasy books by Robbie Cheadle
Sally Cronin is going on a well-deserved holiday and she has asked her blogger friends to blogsit for her. What an interesting concept! Sally suggested we all write a post about a photograph. Hmmmm! She didn’t provide a photograph and somehow that makes it much harder to settle on a topic. There are so many options especially when it comes to photographs.
And then inspiration struck!
I remembered that I believe in fairies and so does Sally. I decided to write a blog about the seven ice-cream rainbow fairies I created for one of my books, Sir Chocolate and the sick ice cream rainbow fairies story and cookbook, and assign a favourite fantasy book to each of the seven fairies.
The Yellow Fairy
The yellow fairy reminds me of dragon’s gold, specifically, the dragon’s gold that Bilbo Baggins and the band of dwarves, headed by Thorin Oakenshield, set off to win back from the dragon, Smaug in The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit is completely packed with a myriad of magical creatures from Bilbo Baggins himself, who is a hobbit, to a giant man who changes into a bear at night and roams the countryside. The Hobbit is a tale of a great journey to reach the lair of the mighty dragon. Bilbo and his friends must pass through a number of challenges and interact with a huge variety of magical folk, both good and bad, before they even reach their destination. My favourite characters in The Hobbit are the trolls, William, Bert and Bill, who capture the party and plan to cook them for their dinner until they are tricked by Gandalf, the wizard. I also have a soft spot for the mighty, talking eagles who help the adventurous troop out of a tight spot.
The red fairy
The red fairy signifies burning embers and brings to mind the wonderful magical creatures that feature in the Harry Potter series. My favourite Harry Potter book is Book 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The amazing fantasy world of the mermaids that J.K. Rowlings creates is incredible and I absolutely loved the descriptions of each and every dragon that featured in this book. The fact that Harry Potter, our beloved and young wizard, comes out on top in the Triwizard’s tournament that is central to this particular novel, doesn’t detract from the story at all [smile]. My two absolutely favourite features of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter are the Time Turner that Hermione has and which enables her to go back in time and do and remember a number of completely different things at the same time and the Pensieve that Professor Dumbledore uses to siphon excess thoughts from his mind and examine them at his leisure. Just imagine having access to these two items in our everyday lives – it would make writing so much easier.
The violet fairy
The violet fairy recalls wonderful memories of Mrs Pepperpot written by Norwegian Alf Proysen. Mrs Pepperpot is a little old woman who lives in the countryside with her husband. Mrs Pepperpot has a secret, she occasionally shrinks to the size of a pepperpot. During these times, Mrs Pepperpot has a number of adventures, my favourite being the time when Mrs Pepperpot dresses up as a mechanical doll and donates herself as a prize at the local school bazaar. She soon gets her own back on three posh ladies who snigger at her planned contribution of gingerbread cookies.
The blue fairy
The blue fairy makes me think of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. A simply marvellous tale about an elderly carpenter who is very lonely and decides to make himself a wooden puppet. The piece of wood that old Geppetto uses to make the puppet just happens to be magical and the puppet starts to come alive as Geppetto is making him. There is no blue fairy in the book, she features in the movie made by Disney, but there is an ordinary fairy and that is just as good. I loved Pinocchio’s nose that grew every time he told a tall tale.
The orange fairy
The orange fairy is for Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and the wonderful foods and drinks that made Alice grow and shrink. Alice is sitting on the bank listening to her sister reading a very boring book when the White Rabbit dashes past, crying that he is late. Alice is very curious and follows the White Rabbit down an extraordinary rabbit hole that takes her to Wonderland. In Wonderland, Alice sets off on a long journey to find the White Rabbit and meets some very interesting characters and animals. She has a tea party with the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse where she struggles to get any tea and also meets the Cheshire Cat that appears and disappears at will. My absolutely favourite characters are the Dutchess and the baby that turns into a pig and runs away.
The indigo fairy
Indigo is for Mary Poppins written by P.L. Travers. People who have seen this movie think they know it all but they have not experienced the joys of tiny Mrs Corry and her two huge daughters, Annie and Fannie. Mrs Corry sells the most delightful gingerbread decorated with golden stars and it is a fantastic experience to read about her gluing these stars to the sky through the childish eyes of Jane and Michael Banks. Another favourite story from this brilliant collection is The Evening Out where Jane and Michael attend a circus show in the sky. They are treated to a show that includes the world-famous troupe of performing constellations, the two-tailed dragon and the horse with wings and features the Sun as the ring master.
The green fairy
The green fairy depicts one of my all-time favourite children’s books, The Borrowers by Mary Norton. The Borrowers features a family of tiny people who live under the floor in the kitchen of a great house. The borrowers borrow items of food and household equipment to furnish their homes and live their lives under the floor boards. The Borrowers avoid human beings at all costs as they see them as a threat to their lifestyles until one day the Boy arrives at the house. The story is all about a lonely little girl, who is also a borrower, who befriends the Boy that comes to stay at the house. They become friends and the Boy decides to start assisting the family with their borrowing with disastrous consequences. I loved the character of Arietty, an intelligent little girl who has taught herself to read and write, and enjoyed the adventures of the Clock family, the last family of borrowers remaining in the big house.
That brings me to the end of my seven ice-cream rainbow fairies. I was a bit sad to have reached the end as I can think of many other wonderful fantasy books that are out there dying to be mentioned but then I remembered that all good things do come to an end.
About the Sir Chocolate Books.
My younger son, Michael, came up with the idea of Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet who live in Chocolate land where you can eat everything, even the flowers and the houses. Michael also came up with lots of the fun ideas that feature in the published and forthcoming books such as the air conditioner in each house and the dome over Chocolate land to keep things cool
(Sir Chocolate and the sugar crystal caves story and cookbook – March 2017)
Here is a review
Lovely concept and a wonderful idea for young Master Chefs in the making By Carolien Samson on January 8, 2017
The whole concept of these books is lovely with the story told in rhyme and revolving around baking and candy elements. This series is ideal for budding Master Chefs as it includes easy recipes that form some of the plot elements. What really sets it apart is the use of the beautiful fondant figurines in the illustrations. We look forward to reading more of Sir Chocolates adventures.
Available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sir-Chocolate-Strawberry-Cream-Berries-ebook/dp/B01MCRJ
Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
My thanks to Robbie for this delightfully colourful and delicious fairy story and looking forward to seeing more Sir Chocolate books here on Smorgasbord. Please show your appreciation for all things chocolate by sharing with the rest of the world. Thanks Sally