I didn’t always do an individual blog post for book reviews and would include in Cafe Updates. So I have gone into Goodreads and will share reviews I posted there during 2017. Time to give these great books a boost.
This is my review 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.
A small selection of books for adults and children by Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
About Robbie Cheadle
Robbie Cheadle is a children’s author and poet. She also writes books for adults under the name of Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
The Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.
Robbie has also published books for older children which incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
Robbie writes a monthly series for Writing to be Read called Growing Bookworms. This series discusses different topics relating to the benefits of reading to children.
Robbie has a blog, Robbie’s Inspiration where she shares book reviews, recipes, author interviews, and poetry.
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… Sally.