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Chocolatina Paperback – February 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439635926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439635929
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4ATina loves chocolate more than anything else, "more than birthdays, more than roller skating, and definitely more than dried fruit." When her health teacher, Mrs. Ferdman, makes the class repeat the mantra, "You are what you eat," Tina wishes it would come true. When she wakes up the next morning to find herself transformed, though, she discovers that being chocolate isn't nearly as much fun as eating it. To Tina's great relief, however, she is restored to her normal self the next day, and resolves to give up her favorite treat foreverAright after a giant bowl of Choco-Crunchies. Children will appreciate this story's zany humor, and will particularly enjoy seeing the prim Mrs. Ferdman receive her just deserts. Tina is a spirited heroine who will surely gain the sympathy of anyone who has ever had too much of a good thing. The illustrations, brimming with child appeal, show youngsters at their wacky bestAgrimacing at dried prunes and staring with raised eyebrows at their chocolate classmate. Sly details appear here and there in the paintings: a snake slithers out of someone's desk and Mrs. Ferdman wears earrings shaped like chocolate kisses. Filled with exuberance from start to finish, this story will make a rousing read-aloud.ADawn Amsberry, Oakland Public Library, CA
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A great book for chocolate lovers of all ages!
Audra Ritchie
Chocolatina (with Stickers) (I Love You) I absolutely adored this book!
Mia Bella
The story is captivating and the illustrations are great!!
Pee Kay

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on August 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As chair of the AZ Young Readers' Award, I take great exception to the negative review by a reader in Jersey. In 2000, CHOCOLATINA was nominated by kids for the above award & was voted the winner by over 45,000 kids to be their favorite of 10 nominees. I read this book aloud to approx. 15 classes of K-3 children & each and everytime the response was the same, pure joy! Cries of "read it again" are the highest praise for a book. This story contains humor, just the right amount of scary stuff for young readers but above all, creativity & fantasy. Kids know they won't turn into chocolate so none of the rest of the action would actually take place--give kids some credit! It's a delightfully funny and exceptionally well illustrated story.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I loved the humor in the book and the way it looked from a child's perspective. My daughter loved it so much that she wouldn't let me read any thing else. She memorized it within a week and then would read it outloud to herself even though she can't read yet. I can't wait for a sequel! I also liked the illustrations. Bravo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By msemmyjane on December 2, 2005
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a substitute teacher and I take this book with me to every job. The kids love it!! It's the perfect length for reading aloud (not too long!) and the pictures are great! I give each character a different voice (Mrs.Ferdman's is the Wicked Witch of the West) I recommend you or your child try that when you read it. It's silly but it's really fun. Grades K-5 love to hear it, but it's good reading for 2-3 graders. Kids want to read more of Chocolatina but this is the only book- hopefully someday there will be another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pee Kay on December 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for the chocolate-obsessed. The story is captivating and the illustrations are great!! This is a well worn book in our library!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Very funny and easy to read over and over again. Adults will not get bored by this story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My daughter adores this funny, award-winning tale of a girl who loves chocolate so much that one day she turns into a chocolate girl! Clever, wonderful illustrations by Denise Brunkus, and a story that's a pleasure to share again and again.
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Format: Paperback
Disappointing for a book that's made in USA. Print looks faded. Not vivid at all. The stickers don't release any chocolate smell. I gave it 3 stars as both my kids love the story. One of their top childhood storybooks!
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My son's preschool had this book. After it traumatized a number of kids there, the school threw it out.

I suspected something was amiss when my 4 year old blurted out over dinner that he didn't like chocolate. He normally loves chocolate. He wouldn't explain why.

A week or so later, I found out why.

I had arrived at school to bring my son home, and I found him screaming in terror, tears running down his face, with a teacher trying to comfort him. He was incoherent. Then I noticed my son was pointing to the Chocolatina book leaning against the wall. Just the sight of it set him off, and he's usually a calm, well adjusted child. The teacher explained that someone read the book to the class a week or so earlier and some children were upset by it. My first question was, "then why is this book still lying around?"

Then I looked through the book. Interesting story, about a girl who loves chocolate and dreams she turned into chocolate. Then I came upon a horrid scene involving a teacher in the story, an adult figure that preschool children look up to, love, and trust like second parents, who totally violated that trust by chasing the main character around, trying to devour her. It might as well have been a brutal depiction of child rape. Either way, that scene can shatter the innocent world of a sensitive child.

Some months later, my son still isn't interested in chocolate or most other sweets, although he's forgotten all about the book that started it all. That's a silver lining I suppose. I just prefer such learning occurs without psychological damage.

And my son wasn't the only one affected. Older kids might love the story, but reading it to a preschooler is just cruel. I would definitely NOT recommend this book for any child 5 or under.
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