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you are what you eat!
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!