Claire Reviews! – ‘Chocolate Chippo Hippo’ – Tuesday’s Look at THIS Book


* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room…

Today’s great book: Chocolate Chippo Hippo written by Vincent Andriani (1994, Scholastic)

Time to Read: about 45 seconds, laughter goes on for at least another 10!

Best Quote from the Book:  “Crunch Crunch”

Our View:  Chocolate Chippo Hippo captures the true essence of a children’s book.  This short, but very sweet, story tells of Ed the Hippo.  He loves, loves, loves to eat chocolate chip cookies.  He loves them so much that he has a pair of chocolate chip cookie sunglasses, a chocolate chip cookies suit, and even works in a factory where he gets to bake them every day!  He then goes home where he eats more cookies and goes to sleep, only to dream about them more.  So what makes this story so intriguing to me and my little sister, you ask?  The only true explanation I can think of is simply because it is so silly that it is just laugh-out-loud funny!  To tell you the truth, we read this book nearly every night.  I really couldn’t tell you why, other than I guess it is just one of those books that magically puts a smile on your face from the moment you pick it up.  I definitely recommend this book to everyone – for it is one book that will put you in the greatest of moods (and maybe even leave you craving a chocolate chip cookie!).


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*Every Friday we serve you an “a la carte” list of 5 unique videos, articles, ideas, etc. from all kinds of locations. (If you are viewing this blog through your email subscription, please follow the link to our website to view all videos.)  See you next week!

1.  Willy Wonka News!


2.  The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art – this website will amaze you.  I can’t wait to visit!

3.  Cast your Vote for Favorite Children’s Books – this is a fun,interactive voting experience for all ages!


4.  Books for Dads and Children:  A buddy of mine welcomed his first baby girl into the world yesterday.  To celebrate this event, here is a list of some of the best children’s books to buy for dads (new and old).



‘Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book!


* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.


Today’s great book: Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenbuyzen (2002, Sleeping Bear Press)

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The Illustrator’s Website:

Awards:  2003 Children’s Choice Award; IRA 2002 Midwest Independent Publisher Merit Award; and the 2004-05 Children’s Crown Honor Award – 2004-05 Show me Award

Time to Read: we read it just before bed and it took about 10-15 minutes with a few extra minutes to talk about the history and read the epilogue.

Summary:  from the inside cover…A true story of the 1948 humanitarian rescue mission, the Berlin Airlift, and the candy that dropped from the sky…[The story of] a seven-year old girl named Mercedes who lived in West Berlin during the airlift and [Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen] who came to be known as the Chocolate Pilot.

Best Quote from the Book:  “The memory of this day would stay with her for the rest of her life.”

Our View:  This book is among our newest finds and is already a treasure in our book room.  This is a truly powerful tale of history and children that is beautifully illustrated.  It is not only a work of art, but of literary worth and will take your breath away as you read the conclusion of the story and hear what has since happened to each of the people in the story.  The girls and I read this book just before bedtime and it propelled us into a discussion of war and worry and children and life in difficult times.  It is also a glorious story of chocolate and the magic that it can work even in difficult times.  The heroes are plentiful in this wonderful book.

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – Wild Blue Yonder Chocolate Cake!  – created by the kids for this particular book.