Smorgasbord Short Story Festival 9th -12th June – Sir Chocolate and the Stolen Moon and Stars by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

To delight us this morning, Robbie and her son, Michael Cheadle share their delightful fondant characters in another adventure. This is followed by Michael’s original story that inspired the poem.

Sir Chocolate and the stolen moon and stars

By Robbie and Michael Cheadle

It was an unusually clear and frigid night;
When instantly, out went all the light;
The moon and stars that usually shone;
Where suddenly, and most extraordinarily, gone.

Villagers thronged the street, gazing in shock;
Others hid inside and their doors did lock;
We need some help, they did declare;
To help us resolve this dark nightmare.

Sir Chocolate, our hero, quickly came to the fore;
Little knowing what this adventure held in store;
The stars and moon were very far away;
He prepared to set off the very next day.

A space rocket was what he would need;
To set about this interesting, but difficult, deed;
A giant piece of vanilla cake was just the thing;
His rocket idea, into existence to bring.

Sir Chocolate and his friends worked well and fast;
And soon built a rocket, that into space could blast;
How to power the engines got them into a fix;
Bicarb, cream of tartar and milk was the right mix.

A further shock, however, was quickly to follow;
Which made their rocket success rather hollow;
A note was received from an inventor;
Of this mysterious situation, he was the centre.

He claimed to have stolen the stars and the moon;
If a ransom was paid, he would return them soon;
If he wasn’t paid, he would destroy them forever;
By shooting them into space, with his giant lever.

Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet clambered on board;
Making sure they had plenty of rocket fuel stored;
They fired the engines and waved goodbye;
As their village disappeared in the blink of an eye.

They sped into space, onwards and up;
There was very little their flight to disrupt;
As they travelled on, the outside world;
Became cloudy with dust, that thickly swirled;

The dust gradually thinned, they could see light;
Right ahead was the moon, shiny and bright;
Sir Chocolate landed the rocket on the surface;
They both alighted, aware of their purpose.

They needed to investigate, find the cloud’s source;
To get everything right and back on its course;
They set off towards the moon flower fields;
What information would the moon babies yield?

These tiny babies, all shimmering and sweet;
Were curled up tightly and deeply asleep;
The man on the moon, with his great cheese head;
Woke up and saw them and got out of bed.

Sir Chocolate told him how the light disappeared;
For a full investigation, our pair were geared;
The moon man nodded and told what he had seen;
He mentioned a recent visitor who was quite mean.

This man had built a secret, underground base;
And moved in quietly with no manners or grace;
The moon man gave directions to this hidden lair;
Our friends set off at once, without turning a hair.

Sir Chocolate tracked it down and they burst inside;
Although Professor Smart quickly tried to hide;
Sir Chocolate took him prisoner and didn’t relent;
Until to behave, Professor Smart did consent.

Professor Smart wanted power, but he learned;
When you gain by deceit, you often get burned;
He decided to repent, and soon confessed;
He explained his plan, this option seeming best.

He’d used a machine to pump sherbet into space;
It was thick, covering everything, leaving no trace;
How to get rid of it, so sweet and white;
Sir Chocolate had an idea, which gave him delight.

The moon babies were awake and out of each bed;
They were rubbing their eyes, looking to be fed;
They all climbed in the rocket, and into space tore;
The babies sucked up the cloud with a giant straw.

The sherbet cloud was swiftly eaten;
And Professor Smart was quite beaten;
The moon and stars could shine again;
And this is how it would remain.

© Robbie and Michael Cheadle 2017

Michael Cheadle’s original story, typed out on Robbie’s computer.


One day in Chocolate land the evil scientist Professor Smartie* said he stole the moon and stars. It was pitch black and all the people where very scared. The people all came to Sir Chocolate for help. Sir Chocolate said he would get the moon and stars back. It was a short time until he tracked down Professor Smartie* on planet fudge. Sir Chocolate travelled to planet fudge to get back the moon and stars. He saw Professor Smartie*’s base under a Flake tree. Sir Chocolate went into Professor Smartie*’s base and he heard Professor Smartie* talking to himself he heard that Professor Smartie* said he blotted out the moon and stars with sherbet.

Sir Chocolate rushed in and said you did not steel the moon and stars. Professor Smartie* said Sir Chocolate would never catch him and tried to get out the door but tripped and fell on the floor Sir Chocolate gave some secret medicine that only Sir Chocolate new how to make it turned him good. They took down his sherbet machine. They got all children to suck up the sherbet cloud and the moon and stars come back.


* Smartie is a registered trade mark

About Robbie Cheadle

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.

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

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My thanks to Robbie and Michael for their edible and delightful contribution and please feel free to share..

Coming up later today. A story from Mary Smith and one from my last collection What’s in a Name.



44 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Short Story Festival 9th -12th June – Sir Chocolate and the Stolen Moon and Stars by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

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  3. Hello Sally! What a fun post! I enjoyed Robbie and Michael’s story and story poem. It’s so sweet and imaginative, not to mention that I wanted to eat all the characters. Ha, ha! I loved it! 😀 xx

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