Delighted to welcome back Robbie Cheadle as guest today sharing how a simple pleasure on a family holiday can inspire a book that children will love.
How did we come up with the idea for Sir Chocolate and the Ice cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook
Michael and I came up with the idea for Sir Chocolate and the Ice cream Rainbow Fairies during our family’s trip to New Zealand in August 2016. My older son, Gregory, was representing South Africa in the finals of the Kid’s Literature Quiz that were hosted in Auckland that year.
My husband, my younger son, Michael, and I booked a self-catering unit for our six day stay in Auckland. Greg was accommodated with his teammates and the other kids competing in the competition in a hostel. It was the smallest unit I have ever seen while travelling.
The hostel was at the top of the long main road through downtown Auckland and our unit was at the bottom of this road which sloped upwards and the three of us did a lot of walking up and down this road between the two accommodations as parents and siblings were included in a number of the activities undertaken by the competing teams. Every time we walked this road, we passed a small ice cream shop which sold the most delicious ice cream imaginable.
New Zealand is known to produce high quality milk which they use to produce their amazing ice creams and chocolate products. One of New Zealand’s signature ice creams is a vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee. There were many other amazing and interesting ice cream taste combinations available and our experimentation with the delicious ice creams available from this shop gave Michael and I the idea for the Ice cream Rainbow Fairies and we wrote the entire story during our walk back to the apartment from the ice cream shop.
We decided on one fairy for each colour of the rainbow and came up with an appropriate flavour combination for each fairy. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed thinking of fruits in each colour, we did not, however, use any real ice cream favours because of copyright issues.
About Robbie Cheadle
Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.
I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.
I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.
I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.
Sir Chocolate and the Ice cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook by Robbie and Michael Cheadle
About the book
Join Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet on a fun adventure to discover why the milkshake rain is pale and white.
Includes five lovely new recipes.
Fantastic fudge balls
One of the recent reviews for the story
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies Story and Cookbook is the 7th book in this series written by Robbie Cheadle and her kids. I’ve read all of the previous books, plus I’ve read several of the author’s short stories and full-length young adult novels. Robbie is a talented writer and I love sharing reviews and samples of her books. Let’s chat a bit about this new release…
Something is amiss with the rainbows… Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet must investigate. When they do, they learn that the fairies who create the beautiful splendor are sick. Our hero and heroine save the day, and then the rainbows are restored. During the time the fairies are sick, Sir Chocolate creates tons of new interesting ice cream flavors to share with the world. Some look good… some seem a little weird. But we wouldn’t know for sure until we tried them, right? Here’s where you get to sample some of the recipes and create a few treats for yourself.
The Cheadles are creative. The stories are fun. The treats look delicious. This is a great way to spend quality time with kids and promote kindness, literacy, baking skills, and companionship. I bought several of the books for my cousins and shared them earlier this year. I can’t wait to see what they post online. I also can’t wait to see what happens with Sir Chocolate in the next round of books. Go check ’em out now!
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And: Amazon UK
The Sir Chocolate Series
Other books by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
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My thanks for dropping in today and I know that Robbie would love your feedback.. thanks Sally.