Chocolate Fever

Chocolate Fever

by Robert Kimmel Smith, Gioia Fiammenghi

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Overview

Henry Green is a boy who loves chocolate. He likes it bitter, sweet, dark, light, and daily; for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks; in cakes, candy bars, milk, and every other form you can possibly imagine. Henry probably loves chocolate more than any boy in the history of the world. One day-it starts off like any other day-Henry finds that strange things are happening to him. First he makes medical history with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. Then he finds himself caught up in a wild and hilarious chase, climaxed by a very unusual hijacking!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756967840
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/20/2006
Pages: 93
Sales rank: 892,415
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Robert Kimmel Smith was 8 years old when he read his first book—a book that moved him enough to make him cry. It turned out to be a life-defining event, because after that experience he decided not only that he loved reading, but also, luckily for us and for his millions of fans, that he wanted to become a writer. Little did he know that he would grow up to become an award-winning author whose books have sold millions of copies and are making a difference to millions of children.


It would take 30 years for his dream to become a reality. He embarked on his writing career in 1970 after leaving the advertising business. But as Smith himself described it, his foray into writing books began entirely by accident, and he credits his daughter with getting him started. It seems that one night he was making up a bedtime story for his daughter, Heidi. As he was spinning his yarn, it began to grow and grow and take on a life of its own. Heidi urged him to finish the story, which ultimately became his first book, Chocolate Fever. Heidi must have known that there was something delicious about that story, because Chocolate Fever went on to sell almost two million copies.


But, ideas for books don't always come that easily. Ideas come to Smith from life experiences, from things that happened to him personally or from things that happened to people he knew. Jelly Belly was drawn from his own childhood, when he was the fattest child in the fifth grade. The War with Grandpa garnered 11 state awards (five within one six-week period!). Mostly Michael was written for some fifth graders who asked Smith to write about an "average" kid who doesn't like school. According to Smith, he wrote The Squeaky Wheel because he wanted kids to know that there was life after parents divorce, and that kids have to speak up for their rights. Though told with humor, it is a powerful book that won the Parents' Choice award for Story Books.


Some authors are highly structured, outlining every step of a book's process. But Smith starts with a hero, an opening situation, and a loose idea of where the story will go. "I don't want to know everything; that would be too boring for me. So in a sense, I am discovering the story along with my characters," says Smith.


The message he wants to convey to children with his books is simple but fundamental: "Get the most out of yourself, enjoy life, and be good to people along the way." He says that he also writes about making moral choices, without lecturing his readers. Smith says, "I think I wrote Chocolate Fever just to say 'you can't have everything every time you want,' which is a basic truth except for the IRS." But, there is a far more basic reason that Smith writes books: "My secret agenda is to create books so entertaining that the kids get hooked on reading, particularly boys, who need help."


Robert Kimmel Smith lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Claire in a big old Victorian house. They have two grown children: Heidi and Roger. Robert and Claire love to cook, and both are fanatical baseball fans. They go to the movies and the theater. Smith plays tennis, swims, gardens, and tries not to gain weight.


Robert Kimmel Smith's works include: Chocolate Fever, Jelly Belly, Mostly Michael, The War with Grandpa, The Squeaky Wheel. In addition to writing award-winning books for children, Smith has written short stories and plays, as well as the script for the television production of Chocolate Fever for "CBS Story Break."

Read an Excerpt

An Excerpt from Chocolate Fever

Can you imagine a boy having a chocolate-bar sandwich as an after-school
snack? Well, Henry did, just about every day. And when he ate mashed potatoes,
just a few drops of chocolate syrup swished through seemed to make them
taste a lot better. Chocolate sprinkles sprinkled on top of plain buttered
noodles were tasty, too. Not to mention a light dusting of cocoa on things
like canned peaches, pears, and applesauce. In the Greens' kitchen pantry there was always a giant supply of chocolate
cookies, chocolate cakes, chocolate pies, and chocolate candies of every
kind. There was ice cream, too. Chocolate, of course, and chocolate nut,
chocolate fudge, chocolate marshmallow, chocolate swirl, and especially
chocolate almond crunch. And all of it was just for Henry.

If there was one thing you could say about Henry it was that he surely did
love chocolate. "Probably more than any boy in the history of the world,"
his mother said.

"How does Henry like his chocolate?" Daddy Green would sometimes joke.

"Why, he likes it bitter, sweet, light, dark, and daily."

And it was true. Up until the day we're talking about right now.

Table of Contents

1Meet Henry Green13
2A Strange Feeling19
3Mrs. Kimmelfarber's Problem24
4Pop!29
5Calling Dr. Fargo34
6Catch That Boy!41
7In the Schoolyard48
8Mac56
9Hijacked66
10Taking a Licking72
11At "Sugar" Cane's81
12The Lesson Learned88

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Chocolate Fever 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
incognito on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Easily one of my favorite books as a kid.
cmullenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Henry Green has spent his whole life eating anything and everything chocolate with no consequences. Then one day he starts feeling funny and notices some brown spots on his arm. He then started smelling of chocolate. He got scared and ran away. I truck driver picked him up and tried to get him to call home when he was hijacked by robbers. The robbers thought there were valuables in the truck but it was only candy. Henry helps save the day and gets the cure for his chocolate fever. He also learns a little self control in the process. We just got through reading this in school. All of the the 4th grade had read it now. The kids really seemed to enjoy it. they even laughed out loud a couple of times. I thought that it was a pretty good book and will probably read it with them again next year. For this one I would probably use the story as a spring board for healthy eating and living. We would go over the food pyramid and daily exercise routines. All of this after, of course, a party with a chocolate fountain where the children can brin in different items to try dipped in chocolate. Yum!
jeunlee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Henry Green loves chocolate and that was normal to him, but then he started to see brown spots all over his body and it got more and more so he ran away. Next, the robbers take him to somewhere... it wasn't bad thing at all because he got a solution for it from someone else! This story used lot of imagination so it was special.
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books_r_great More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a child growing up in the 80's and loved it. Only a few books stand out in my memory that I read growing and this was one of them. I have an 11 year old son now and he has read it and loved it too!
claudia cespedes More than 1 year ago
I like it!
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Rebecca Lubbert More than 1 year ago
The chocolate fever is a great book for reading a chapter a night. The book is amusing and sweet. Great for kids ages 7-10
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Nancy Kerber More than 1 year ago
Ok
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Jillian Johnson More than 1 year ago
omg!he eats so much he gets choclate fever but 1daay he runs away for days see what happens!
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Momtastic More than 1 year ago
they don't even know they are learning a lesson the book is so much fun to read. Fun to read more than once and even as a read aloud.
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