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The first review today is my own for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.
About the book
A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.
My review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook.
This book will be a delightful read for a child, and their adult companions for that matter. A brightly coloured cast of characters, with Sir Chocolate himself created from one of the most favourite treats of all time. Ten year old Michael Cheadle came up with the idea of this charasmatic character and also his lovely Lady Sweet. Robbie not only creates these characters from fondant icing, but composes the story in verse that takes us on this current adventure.
From a conservation perspective it is wonderful to see a children’s story that gently introduces the subject of creatures who are at risk, and whilst the villain of this piece is a greedy snail, there are parallels with our own encroachment into nature. However, the colourful fondant snail with long fangs is monster enough for this fairy story. The other characters include sweet pink and apricot sugar mice, a cluster of endearing yellow and black sugar dough bees and very elegant fruit drop fairies.
In between the verses and illustrations are other gems in the form of recipes which are easy for both children (and some of us less proficient bakers) to make. Terrific Cheese Bread, Delightful Butter Biscuits, Jammy Scones, Rainbow Cupcakes, and one that will be made very shortly Bold Banana Bread.
This book may do little to reduce your waistline, but for children it will stimulate their imaginations and lead to some wonderful baking sessions with parents and grandparents.
I recommend that you head over and buy for your younger family members so you can enjoy too: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Sugar-Dough-Story-Cookbook/dp/1911070649
You will find more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34680604-sir-chocolate-and-the-sugar-dough-bees-story-and-cookbook
Also by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.
Read the reviews and buy all the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ
Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle
Another poetry book that has received a recent wonderful review is My Vibrating Vertebrae by Agnes Mae Graham. The book was published by Christopher Graham and his sister after their mother’s death and Tina Frisco has written a wonderful review on Goodreads.
About the book
We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’?
From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.
Tina Frisco’s review on Goodreads
My Vibrating Vertebrae is a delightful book of poetry, comprising the works of Agnes Mae Graham and gathered and published by her two children posthumously.
As stated in the dedication, the poems span decades of Agnes’ life in 20th Century Northern Ireland, offering a flavor of Irish dialect as she puts to paper her loves, hopes, and dreams.
Two of my favorites are Nonsense Rhyme and The Women’s Rural. I can well imagine Nonsense Rhyme being read to a child who, perhaps not understanding all the words, would burst into giggles at the ending. And as I read The Women’s Rural, I delighted in the feeling of sisterhood and community it conveyed, a sorely needed phenomenon in our contemporary western society.
How Agnes must have been dearly loved by her children, Lorna and Chris, for them not only to have kept her poetry, but then to have braved the waves of indie publishing to make sure their mother had a voice in the world.
More than reading Agnes’ spirited words, I was deeply touched by the love shared between a mother and her children. I am grateful that Chris and Lorna chose to share Agnes Mae Graham with the world.
Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Agnes-Mae-Graham/e/B01HAJF4JK
Read more reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/15428253.Agnes_Mae_Graham
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