Chocolate Fever
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2001
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
on April 15, 1999
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2006
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 1998
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2005
I picked this book because I like chocolate and if you like chocolate and the book The Chocolate Touch then you'll love the book Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith and illustrated by Gioia Fiammenghi. In this book a boy named Henry Green is in love with chocolate. His breakfast is all chocolate. And he gets chocolate dots from eating so much chocolate. I think the lesson of this story is not to eat so much candy.

If you want to know more about this book you should stop watching TV and go read it!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2009
I listened to Chocolate Fever as an audiobook with my kids...and I was eager for it to end. It seems like a book that was written decades ago, when times were simpler, people were one dimensional, and there weren't very many choices for excellent children's literature. (In fairness, the book was written 30+ years ago). My 12 year old says the story was "too short, generic and predictable."

One thing that troubled me was that the adults in the story (the parents, the hospital staff, etc.) did not show much consideration for the boy's feelings while he was undergoing very frightening changes due to the chocolate fever. And although the boy lived in an average family with no evidence of disfunction, he did not turn to his parents for help when he was scared. Instead, he ran away and trusted a stranger, a truck driver with whom he hitchhiked. The behavior of the characters did not ring true to me. And yes, I understand that this story is supposed to be a fantasy -- with chocolate fever being the key element -- but the way the characters behave should still be consistent with how normal people would act *if* this abnormal event happened.

I probably would have liked this book if I had read it 30 years ago when I was a kid. However, there are better choices available these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2004
"Chocolate Fever"

My book is about a little boy who eats chocolate for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! His parents don't care. Is that cool or what? Well anyway, this boy's name is Henry Green. The only reason his parents let him eat so much chocolate was because he never got sick, his stomach never hurt, and when he ate chocolate he never got any bigger, in fact he got thinner. From eating sweets all day he got thinner, man is he lucky.

The coolest thing in this book that happens is, when he runs away from school because the school nurse and a doctor she called are poking because he got the newest disease. It was called Chocolate Fever.

Chocolate Fever is when you eat too much chocolate, you get a whole bunch of what they think was chocolate spots all over. Anyway, when he is running a truck pulls over and asks Henry if he wants a ride. He accepts. He gets in the truck. Then the truck gets hijacked! This book is fictional.

Henry is not 10 years old but not 6 years old. It doesn't say exactly how old he is in the book.

He has brown hair. He is the average height. We are different because one I am a girl he is a boy. Two, I don't eat chocolate that much. (I eat Laffy Taffy)

We are alike because we both have brown hair.

Would I recommend this book to anyone? Definitely! I love this book! It is really exciting! My favorite part was when the truck got hijacked! What was yours? By: Rebecca Crowson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 2003
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith is a fantastic book to read. Can you believe Henry Green eats chocolate every day, morning , noon , and night , and eats chocolate on everything. Henry gets brown bumps all over his body, and hurries to the nurse. Henry helps foil the hijackers plan. The authors message is about self-indulgence. This was a fantastic book, I couldn't put it down. It has so many details that it was hard to stop reading. This book teaches Henry a valuable lesson about self-indulgence. Cheek out this book to find out what happened in the end, and have a fun time reading it!
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