Do you love chocolate? I do! I want chocolate every day! I love Easter because I get chocolate! I put chocolate on everything! If mom would let me put it on broccoli, I would eat it! What can I put chocolate on next?
Cover Design: This cover is cute and catches the attention. Children will enjoy it. Just the title alone will make children want to see what happens in this story. Parents will enjoy some of the things that the child eats, though he has to have chocolate put on them. They may not like that aspect of it, but they'll be happy to see their children eat these kinds of things. Personally, I think putting chocolate on some of these things is disgusting. Your child may decide that they will eat it if you'll just give him a chance to try that. I have a feeling though that once they have had chocolate put on their broccoli, they will decide that that is not the way to eat it. Maybe the parents can give him a choice of how to go about doing it. Either they eat broccoli by itself and test it first, and then if they don't like it then they put chocolate on it and see how they like it. It could be a win- win for parent and child. 5 STARS
Concept: I must say I haven't read a children's book, or any other book for that matter, about a child who loves to put chocolate on everything. Not just on things like ice cream or candy or anything like that, but on the vegetables that he is forced to eat. Vegetables that he doesn't want to eat but will as long as you put chocolate on it. I can't imagine broccoli with chocolate on top of it. Sounds very unappealing to me, as I mentioned before, but a child may find it delicious. I know my niece when she was younger, would eat chocolate pudding with ranch dressing, shredded. Cheese, and sunflower seeds on the top of it. I never tried it because it looked disgusting, but she loved it. My mom told me I shouldn't knock it until I tried it, and so I don't knock it because I'm never going to try it. 5 STARS
Scene Development: Children's book you worry more with the scenes, sometimes more than you do with the words or the development of the character. A child notices the background of the page faster than they do the words. And definitely before they would ever worry about how the character is defined. When a child picks up a children's book or when a parent picks up a children's book, they are planning to have time reading before bed and just family time, time together. So, when the parent sits down to read to them at night, they're going to show the book to the child as they read. The child's going to focus on the images more than the words. In this book there are bright pages and lots of chocolate. That alone and the silly things that this character puts the chocolate on will have the child laughing and remembering that time with mom or dad before they went to sleep. 5 STARS
Character Development: As I mentioned above, I'm not really worried with the how the character is developed in a children's book. The main thing that I look for is that the character is easily relatable to a child. Otherwise, your children's book is going to fall flat with your audience! That is the last thing you want! That being said the character of this child is fun, easily That is the last thing you want! That being said the character of this child is fun, easily relatable. I don't see a reason why a child wouldn't be able to feel a connection in some way to this child and their love for chocolate. Most children love chocolate but get it very rarely due to that sugar high. 5 STARS
Entertainment Level: This book is a real quick read. Children will love it. Parents will laugh at the crazy things that this child does in his desire to have chocolate on everything. I was easily entertained for the very short time that it took to read this book. The reader can make this book fun and enjoyable to read. Even at the end of reading it, you could ask the child what they would like to try to put chocolate on that they don't normally want to eat but might if chocolate were put on. Like radishes or lettuce. Maybe meatloaf? Or chicken fettuccine Alfredo. A little chocolate on top of any of those sounds disgusting. A child may love it. This is a definite read you should get for your children. You'll laugh, they'll laugh. You'll have a lot of bonding and family time over this book. 5 STARS
Overall, I give the chocolate kid 5 STARS. – Reviewed by award winning author, Shannon Simpson
A Brand New Song
I will not pass this way again
Nor tarry here too long
I’m going to another place
A place where I belong.
A land where milk and honey flow
And the streets are paved with gold
Where there will be no pain or death
Where I will not grow old.
There I will meet my Savior
And those who’ve gone before
We’ll worship God and sing His praise
Christ Jesus whom we adore.
When I see the pearly gates open
I will hear Him call to me
I’ll look beyond the Jordan’s bank
And His radiant face I’ll see.
I will not be down-hearted
I will shout a brand new song
I will be upon the golden shore
Upon the brand new morn.
So please don’t cry don’t shed one tear
I can’t tarry here too long
Cause I’m going to another place
A place where I belong.
Have you ever met someone and known immediately your life would never be the same? That’s how it was when I met Brian. One smile and my world was rocked to its core.
Everyone has that one love they can’t forget. The one that spoke to your soul, not just your heart. At twenty-six, I had never been in love. I thought I was broken. Then I met Brian. There was something about him that spoke to my soul. He was everything I dreamed the man for me would be, with one major flaw. He was married. Even if he wasn’t, I knew he wouldn’t want me. Overweight for most of my life, I was shy around men. I preferred to remain in the background, never calling attention to myself. After being teased in my formative years, I had scars on my soul.
Brian offered me his friendship. I was happy to accept. I was careful not to talk much about myself. I thought if I hid my heart behind a stone wall, I’d be able to protect myself. I tried to be friends, truly I did, but sometimes friends sneak into your heart with no warning. I don’t remember when it happened. One day we were friends, the next I was in love with him. I tried to hide it, but I think Brian knew. There was something about him that my starving heart couldn’t resist.
For three years, I saw him almost every day. The more time we spent together, the more I fell. I watched as he flirted with other women, pretending it didn’t break my heart. Women were attracted to his sexy looks, but they didn’t know him like I did. They didn’t see past the outside at the man within. They didn’t know how much he loved his son. They didn’t experience his humor, his compassion. Those were things he shared with me. When his life began to crumble, I was the one who he turned to. I was the one who convinced him to mend fences.
When Brian finally said the three words I had longed to hear, I let fear keep me from saying the words I should have. In an attempt to protect what was left of my heart, I stopped seeing him. We stayed in touch at first, but as the years went by our communication was few and far between.
Before I knew it ten years passed. I hadn’t looked at another man, I took a chance and reached out one August day and he replied. The butterflies that filled my stomach and the smile I couldn’t contain told me all I ever needed to know. Like it or not Brian had my heart. He always would. Brian wanted to meet, but I was hesitant. In the years we’d been apart, I’d planned to lose the weight, but had gained instead.
The more we texted and talked, the more I knew I had to see him. It was like we had never parted. When we met up for the first time, there was a difference to him. Our friendship grew stronger, deeper. Brian is my best friend, my confidant, my soul mate. Hearing him say I love you can fill me with love and break my heart at the same time. When he hugs me, I know I have found where I belong, my home.
How can our friendship survive when loving him is forbidden? I won’t cross that line. I won’t be that woman. I love Brian enough to let him go. Will I ever have my happily ever after?
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