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Chocolate Fever Paperback – August 15, 1978


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (August 15, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440413699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440413691
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,641,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-6?Chocolate lovers will identify with Henry Green who eats chocolate wherever and however he wants. What a shock when he breaks out in a rash of brown spots that smell like chocolate! After running away from the doctor at the hospital, Henry stands up to a gang of boys, hitches a ride with a truck driverand is hijacked along with him. Veteran character voice actor Lionel Wilson reads Robert Kimmel Smith's book (Coward, 1972; Dell, pap.). Some of the character voices are exaggerated stereotypes emphasizing the humor of the book. Embedded in this tale are lessons in courage, caring, moderation, and prejudice. These tapes are good for individual and small groups to enhance reading skills especially in the middle elementary grades.
Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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"It's all quite preposterous and lots of laughs, and so are the cartoon illustrations."--Publishers Weekly.

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Customer Reviews

This is a fun, simple story that kids will love.
Mark Baker
My 2nd grade class is reading this book and I needed one more copy.
Nicole Heinlein
You should read this book if you have a chance to get to read it.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Do you love chocolate?? *I* love chocolate!! All my friends love chocolate!! As a teacher, I often have teeny chocolate bars as prizes for my students, and they would walk a mile on their hands and knees for some chocolate!! It'd be great to eat that stuff all day long, wouldn't it??
Or, would it??
In "Chocolate Fever" our hero, Henry Green, does just that. He ADORES chocolate. He practically WORSHIPS chocolate. He eats chocolate cereal with chocolate milk. He snacks on chocolate bars and pours chocolate syrup on his pancakes. The kid is BONZO over chocolate, folks!!
So, when you think about it, maybe it's NOT so strange that one day at school weird little brown bumps erupt all over his skin. They even make a popping sound as they appear! The teacher takes him to the doctor who analizes the bumps. Guess what? He's breaking out in PURE CHOCOLATE! Henry gets scared, the doctor gets inspired, thinking that he'll make medical history and be famous for discovering the first case of Chocolate Fever. Henry runs for his life.
He hitchhikes with a kind trucker, thinking he'll get far, far away from this whole mess until the truck is HIJACKED!! KIDNAPPED!! And meanwhile, the truck is hauling a load of-you guessed it-chocolate candy bars!!
I personally heard Chocolate Fever read to me back in elementary school, and it really stuck to my ribs. I've remembered it on and off through the years, and when I found it again in my school library, I read it to MY students. They were as enraptured with the book in 2001 as I was in 1978, which is perhaps one of the highest compliments a reader can pay to any book. Definitely a must read!
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
Henry Green eats nothing but chocolate, and this delightful story follows Henry on a wonderful adventure as he breaks out in a "chocolate fever"!
When spots start popping out all over his arms during class, his teacher whisks him off for a visit with the crazy Dr. Fargo. When Henry loses confidence in the wacky doc, he takes off and is chased through the streets by half the hospital staff! What happens next will surprise you.
My first-grader (who is in his school's Gifted and Talented program) got somewhat bogged down in this, his first "chapter book" so I think the rating of ages 4-8 is a bit off. The school librarian rates it at a third through fifth grade level and I'm inclined to agree. We read it as a family and my fifth grader LOVED it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 28, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
Chocolate fever? What's that? There are only two people in the world who can tell you. Chocolate fever is a sickness that you get when you eat way too much chocolate. So far no one else in the world knows about chocolate fever, but now some do. Henry Green loved chocolate, he liked his chocolate bitter, sweet, light, dark, and daily. One day, Henry leaves for school feeling like something strange is going to happen to him. Sure enough, he looks down in class to see little brown spots are growing on him. The doctors can't figure out what this new disease is. Once the doctors figure out the the brown spots are pure chocolate chaos starts. The doctors are poking Henry like he is a unicorn. Henry Green couldn't take it! So Henry ran, he ran all the way to the candy shop to meet with Mr. Cane. Henry told Mr. Cane about what was going on. Mr. Cane told Henry that he too had chocolate fever when he was a boy. He gave Henry Vanilla Pills and told him, "Take these and don't eat too much chocolate, then you will not have chocolate fever anymore." In and hour Henry did not have chocolate fever it was gone forever, or was it?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Samuel (tgvincent@millard.esu3.k12.ne.us) on October 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
Chocolate Fever is about a boy named Henry who loves chocolate . He has chocolate on about everything that he eats. One day at school he sees spots popping out all over his arm. He can't stand it anymore. Henry runs away from the doctors who tell him he has chocolate fever . Henry gets a ride from a kind truck driver named Mac. Henry is about to call his worried parents when he and Mac get hi-jacked! Read this book to find out what happens next. Will Henry ever be cured?
My favorite part of the story is when the doctors smell chocolate candy bars when chocolate is not allowed in the doctor's office.
I recommend that you read this wonderful book because it is funny and has a great ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is pretty good, but not great. It is about a boy who eats too much chocolate and gets chocolate fever. We liked the book, because it was funny. It had funny words. We liked how the author described the "poppity-pop-pops." The illustrations were great. We especially laughed at Henry in his underwear. This book was also exciting. You could not put it down. The author had a strange plot. The boy, Henry, caught chocolate fever and there is no such thing. We recommend this book for 7 - 10 year old children.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Henry Green loves chocolate. His parents let him eat it for every meal and over everything. He thinks there is no such thing as too much chocolate.
One day, however, Henry leaves for school feeling like something strange is going to happen to him. Sure enough, he looks down in class to see spots are growing on him. The doctors can't figure out what this new disease is. Can they find a cure, or will Henry be stuck with little brown spots all over forever?
This is a fun, simple story that kids will love. The story moves forward quickly. Henry is a sympathetic character, and his predicament is certainly unusual and entertaining. Along the way, there are some good lessons. They might be a bit heavy handed, but the rest of the book is so much fun that few kids will really mind.
This is a modern classic that will be read for years to come. It's funny and entertaining while teaching some good lessons about judging others and enjoying things in moderation.
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