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Chocolate Me! Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Chocolate me description:
The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.
For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids.
Mixed me description:
Mom and Dad say I'm a blend of dark and light:"We mixed you perfectly, and got you just right."
Mike has awesome hair. He has LOTS of energy! His parents love him. And Mike is a PERFECT blend of the two of them.
Still, Mike has to answer LOTS of questions about being mixed. And he does, with LOTS of energy and joy in this charming story about a day in the life of a mixed-race child.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sad. Taye Diggs must have really held on tight to his skin color issues from childhood. I started reading this book to my kids tonight, and then had to stop. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carla Franklin
This book is not well written. If your brown child does not have any insecurities about his/her color, they will after reading this book, it is not uplifting at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Moore
It was in excellent condition, the story was light and simple and perfect for who I purchased for and other arrived on timePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very cute and true because it could really happen and great for many kids especially black kidsPublished 2 months ago by Eddie