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Chocolate me!

by Diggs, Taye.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 17 Libraries 19 of 24 copies
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Summary

A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

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. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Actor Taye Diggs remembers his childhood in a mostly white neighborhood with this sweet paean to self-love. A five-year-old boy finds hanging out with his white friends upsetting. When we'd play, they'd say, - Look where your skin begins! It's brown like dirt. Does it hurt to wash off?' Each one of these innocent, though uncomfortable, questions about the boy's hair, his wide nose, and his bright white teeth are met with a despondent illustration and the chorus: Chocolate me. The lack of exuberance these two words carries a carefully controlled tension, as if the boy has been through this before and a hatred of his own body is beginning to fester. Of course, a pep talk with his mother turns that morose refrain into a joyous exclamation, and soon he is happily cavorting with his less-chocolaty friends. Diggs draws emotion from simplicity, while Evans' visible brushstrokes in the boy's skin and in the spirals of his hair let the audience know that he is a beautiful kid, far before the kid himself figures it out.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "It's tough being the only African-American kid on the block. The young narrator's white acquaintances tease him ruthlessly about his name, his dark skin ("It's brown like dirt. Does it hurt to wash off?"), his wide nose, and his 'fro. It's enough to make any kid wish he were just like everyone else-until Moms offers just the right kind of comfort: "You have skin like velvet fudge frosting mixed in a bowl.... Cotton candy hair soft to the touch of my fingertips." The titular phrase is used like a refrain, initially a burden and later a celebration of self. 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, though not every reader will find satisfaction in the ending, in which the narrator is reconciled with his insensitive peers over chocolate cupcakes. But 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. Evans doesn't minimize the cruelty the boy suffers, but he makes it feel surmountable. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Individuality -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Teasing -- Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
Picture books for children.
Individuality -- Fiction.
Mothers and son -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
African American boys -- Fiction.
Teasing -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Feiwel and Friends,2011
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Evans, Shane.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780312603267
0312603266
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