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Chocolate Me! Hardcover – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312603266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312603267
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With its universal themes of wanting to fit in, self-acceptance, and self-esteem, this read-aloud offering is sure to strike a chord with many young readers/listeners, and on a variety of subjects, not just race.” —School Library Journal

“Taye Diggs can act and sing, and now he proves he can write. With Chocolate Me!, the affable Diggs makes an assured foray into the children’s book category. Lavishly illustrated by Shane W. Evans, Chocolate embraces a difficult topic with wide arms: colorism.” —Essence

"Actor Diggs, making his children's book debut, gives an unvarnished take on the emotional impact of taunting that cuts to the core of one's identity… Evans makes the hero's journey to confidence irresistible, with bighearted, stylized pictures that draw on the emotionally exuberant vocabulary of street art and anime.” —Publishers Weekly


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The resolution to the story just isn't there.
Latoya Brown
It is great for building self esteem in children.
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It has fun illustrations and simple story line.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Martha L Trevino on September 29, 2011
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I seen this author on Regis and Kelly earlier this week and he described this book. I immediately loved the title and the concept. I have two kids with different colored skin than eachother. I thought this would be a fun read for them while also showing them that they should embrace their differences. It has fun illustrations and simple story line. My fave part is when the main character's mother tells her son, "Your smile makes me so happy, I could cry. No amount of real money could buy how it makes me feel for real." I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ananda Lowe on July 12, 2012
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The majority of the pages in this book depict the ways that other kids make fun of the African American main character. E.g., "Your skin is brown like dirt. Does it hurt to wash off?" What?! Not the message I want my brown daughter to learn. That was how I grew up -- we need to teach new messages to the new generation. I imagine this book could be useful to teach kids how to deal with teasing, but my daughter is too young to have been exposed to any teasing. So, not a book I recommend for pre-school age kids.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Caliboots on October 3, 2011
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This is truly a book for all families. A great read-aloud, with a wonderful message that kids can relate to (adults too). The art is gorgeous; inspired. Made my family smile, and talk about the story, the main character. So relevant for what kids are dealing with when they feel left out or different.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AKR on March 19, 2014
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This book has a cute title and colorful pages, but it is not appropriate for certain younger audiences. As an African-American woman, I found the language to be too harsh for reading aloud at an ethnically diverse library storytime. However, at home, my 6-year old daughter enjoyed the book because issues of skin color and hair texture have already come up.

I bought the book because of the title and cute cover. When I brought it home and read it to my daughter, she said that she wanted me to read it for storytime at the library. She REALLY felt proud and excited and said, "I'm chocolate too!" (although she's more like chocolate with a lot of cream--or more like mocha) However, I think that the catchy title and repetitive phrase, "chocolate me," brown-skinned face and the warm, feel-good ending pulled her in more than the beginning of the story.

When it came to reading the book aloud, although we are taught not to edit, I had to so that it wouldn't be so shocking. This is clearly a book written by a grown man who had childhood issues with his color. However, it is not appropriate for all children. Some kids haven't been exposed to this horrific reality of skin color discrimination yet. Once you talk about it, they become conscious of it. If my daughter hadn't started talking about these issues, I would never bring it up. I would want to shield her from this as long as possible.

The parts in there comparing his skin color to dirt and assessing his wide nose, I just couldn't read out loud to an audience of children ages 0-8. This book is targeting children who don't even need to think about those topics at their age.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Smith on November 5, 2011
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I really appreciate Taye Diggs writing this book. It's one thing to see books that tell about how beautiful black is, but it's a whole other can of worms when you can address the realities of what it's like to grow up as the only dark skinned child among white kids. He presented the issue in a very creative and touching way. Even though my child isn't darker in complexion, it still helped me to approach a discussion with him about his physical differences as a little boy of color. Thanks, Taye!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MrsCeeBee on February 7, 2013
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I know that the message behind this book was to help African-American children love their brown skin. I know that because that's what Mr. Diggs said in interviews. But after reading the book, this main message is nowhere to be found. It is not strongly made in the book at all. All the "Chocolate Me's" seemed to be thrown in weirdly without thought and coherency. Also, there were a lot of references to the boy's big nose, but the illustrated boy's nose was so tiny and small, you could easily miss that, too. I don't think the book is written well at all, and I am sorely disappointed in it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WOOHOO on December 14, 2011
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I looked forward to ordering this book before it was even released. I loved the title, and after watching an interview with Taye Diggs on Oprah, I was really excited to read this to my son. Unfortunately, the book is a better fit for older children. It does celebrate dark skin (which I love!), but the way it is presented requires some mature ears. This is merely my opinion, but I will probably wait a couple years before actually reading this book aloud. The illustrations are beautiful, though, and the content is definitely relevant.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Oldschoolhero on July 30, 2013
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If your a parent of a black child don't buy this book. Please don't introduce this kind of self hating thought patterns to your children. I tried to like it, but then the solution from his mother is chocolate?!!! If you teach your children self esteem and self love, this book is the wrong message.
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