The blog title is not the name of the next book I read, but the complete change it was from my last read. The Hate U Give is a MEATY book. Chocolate Fever, by Robert Kimmel Smith, is about as far from meaty as you can get (food pun absolutely intended). The story was published in 1972, yet I imagine keeps on staying around because of the mention of chocolate. Who doesn’t love chocolate?
This is not a random read for me. It happens to be the One School, One Book selection at one of my buildings. Since I wanted to be “in the know,” I grabbed a copy for some weekend reading. I read it in about an hour, and honestly, just wanted to finish it as quickly as I could. This book is like a watered-down Dahl book for me. Henry Green eats so much chocolate that he develops chocolate spots all over. He runs away in shame and luckily comes across a doctor who is able to give the cure. The lesson meant for kids is to practice self control and moderation. A pertinent lesson for any age, but a bit too simplistic in this story for my liking.
Childrens’ books can certainly have depth. This just isn’t one of them for me.