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The Secret Formula: Chompy & The Munchy Bunch (Volume 1) Paperback – March 4, 2016
The Secret Formula: Chompy & The Munchy Bunch by Nancy Beaule is a cute children's book with spooky undertones. Chompy the Carrot and his friend Salty read about a secret formula that gives them super-eye powers. Chompy must have that formula, so he asks Salty to help him get it. The paper says the formula is somewhere in Dr. Peppa's house. Only, it has been rumored that Dr. Peppa's house is haunted! Salty and Chompy must get up the nerve to go into Dr. Peppa's big, spooky house to look for the secret formula that will give Chompy super-vision. As they plan their mission, they decide to take along Candybar, a known prankster, so that they can keep an eye him. Together, with Candybar's little sister, they all start for Dr. Peppa's creepy mansion. Will they find the formula? When they begin searching the house, strange things start happening. If Candybar is with them, then who is giving them warnings to leave?
The Secret Formula: Chompy & The Munchy Bunch by Nancy Beaule is a fun children's book featuring food characters and a cute little plot. I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the illustrations! The illustrations are colorful and engaging. The story was not at all scary, a perfect kids' adventure book for younger, more sensitive children. Although the story was cute, I found it to be a little confusing, in that the characters tend to eat things related to themselves. Chompy is a carrot, and he is in search of a secret formula made from carrots. I wasn't sure what a child would think about that. I liked that the story's adventure was mild, so as not to scare younger readers. The bully was not really mean, and any danger was dealt with quickly. Although as a parent, I found certain elements of the story to be questionable, the illustrations were fun. I would suggest this little adventure book for children ages 4-6.
"The Secret Formula" - Normandy's Book Reviews
Author: Nancy Beaule
Illustrator: A. Ilievski
Publisher: BDM Publishing
Genre: Children's Books / Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes
Price: $9.99 (Paperback) $1.99 (Kindle)
Available at: Amazon.com
What happens when a fraidy-cat, a curious chap, a sneaky sidekick, a tag-along sibling and a four-legged companion decide to pay a visit to Peppa Mansion to locate Doc Peppa's super eye formula? A mysterious plot shrouded with twists, turns and unexpected discoveries ensues. But, will they find the formula? And, which one of the fortune-hunting five will be clever and toss in a naughty prank for a little extra entertainment?
Nancy Beaule has written a real eye-opener with, 'Chompy & The Munchy Bunch: The Secret Formula', the first book in a growing series. 'The Secret Formula' centers around an adventurous group of unlikely friends: a carrot, a potato chip, a candy bar, a cupcake and a wiener dog. What I found quite interesting, aside from the tale itself, was how Ms. Beaule had the characters snacking on their own kind. What I mean by that is: Chompy the carrot nibbled on carrots, while Salty the potato chip, stuffed his face with, you guessed it, potato chips. I found this to be a rather unique approach to the development of their characterizations.
The illustrations in 'The Secret Formula' display personality from the first page. Mr. Ilievski maintained a monotone palette which benefited the story line by adding in more spookiness to the mystery as it unfolded. One drawing in the book stood out by offering up quite an eye-popping chuckle. To solve the mystery of the page to which I am referring, you will have to buy a copy of the 'Secret Formula' and find out.
Included with the copy of 'Chompy & The Munchy Bunch:The Secret Formula' I received, was a bookmark which contained a delicious and nutritionally healthy snack called, Chompy Juice. I think that little nugget is a great seed for Ms. Beaule to perhaps consider penning a healthy snack book for kids.
As I finished reading the last page of 'Chompy & The Munchy Bunch: The Secret Formula', and pondered its rather surprising ending, I could not help but wonder something. While it is common knowledge carrots are known for benefiting eyesight, will Chompy Carrot ever come to realize this within himself? I suppose one will have to wait and 'SEE'.
About the Author
Nancy's path toward becoming a children's book author was a bit different, having spent the last 30 years as an entrepreneur/inventor. In 1996 she invented a product called the Pie Saver (foil rings that prevent pies from burning). Now with three grandchildren to enjoy, she felt the time was right to try her hand at writing children's books, and the kids are loving Chompy and the gang! Nancy has two children and lives in Maine and Florida with her husband of 41 years. She can also be contacted at email@example.com for readings at schools (which include a fun nutritional activity), libraries, day care centers, etc.
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Especially in book two, Search for the Hidden Treasure, author Nancy Beaule uses lots of figurative language. This not only enriches the story, but it would be a great way to teach even the very young about writing devices like similes and metaphors. Book two also brings a new illustrator, but the changes are subtle and improved (I could tell Salty was a potato chip in this one, where I wasn't really sure what he was in The Secret Formula.)
The writing is suitable for the intended audience, whether as a read-aloud for the youngest or independent reading for stronger readers. It is virtually error-free and cleanly edited. (The Grammar Policewoman in me doesn't like to see incorrect ellipses in both books, but I doubt any child reader will notice or care!) I do find it peculiar that our main character, Chompy, who is a carrot, eats carrots and then even grows them to blend them into a juice (a cannibalistic carrot??). I would very much like to test run this book with a child and see if he/she finds this odd -- or perhaps just oddly entertaining!
Silliness abounds, and who can resist stories that include haunted houses, secret formulas, and practical jokes? I definitely recommend you check-out Chompy and friends with your kids. And be sure to visit the author's website to get a recipe for your kids to make their own Chompy Juice!
Thank you to the author for providing me eBooks in exchange for my honest opinion -- the only kind I give. If you like this review, visit my blog Hall Ways for book views, reviews, and news you can use - or not. kristinehallways.blogspot.com
Crunchy, the carrot, has some fun friends too. Candybar likes to play pranks, along with his little sis, Cupcake. Weiner is a dog and likes everyone. Then there’s Salty, a true friend to Carrot. I’m just not sure which food group he comes from.
Carrot and his friends have to enter Doc Peppa’s creepy mansion to find the secret formula and it’s supposed to be haunted.
This is a scary little tale told in a fun, friendly way. The illustrations are cute, but I think they would have been better reading from the print book instead of my Kindle. The small screen doesn’t show much detail.
A cute story to share with your young ones.
The characters all have distinctive characteristics and mannerisms, and the illustrations by Lauren Goldstein match up well. The author uses words to great effect to further enhance the images in our heads (e.g., "A sudden wave of icy cold air sprinkled them with goose bumps.") and to create a spooky atmosphere. She also subtly conveys the message of healthy eating through the actions of the different characters. I'm a bit disturbed by how our friends enter Doc Peppa's home uninvited and how Chompy appropriates Doc Peppa's secret formula and calls it Chompy Juice. But if you go with the flow, this is a fun, scary story that will have the kids jumping with fright as well as laughing at the silly antics.
Good fun for ages 3 and up.
Note: the readability of the Kindle edition would be improved by having single pages instead of double-page spreads; read this book in landscape mode to increase the size of the text.