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A Room Full of Chocolate Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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Shows just how important friendship and family are... a beautifully written book with real insight. (Parents in Touch)
Real authenticity... beautifully written and very moving. * * * * * (Bookbag)
Full of emotion and humour... I couldn't put this book down! (The Guardian)
I devoured the story. It's one with an important message and a book I personally think should be required at school. Delicious! (Chrissi Reads)
Touching story with many light-hearted moments full of endearing, well rounded characters. (Primary Times)
A lovely book about courage and friendship. (Cirencester Life)
I was so excited to know what happened that I couldn't put it down. (The Guardian)
I read this book in one sitting... brilliantly funny and emotional... absolutely full of adventure. * * * * * (ReadingZone)
A real 'feel good' read... combines comedy with a cautionary note... a new author to watch. (Sonia Benster (The Children's Bookshop, Huddersfield))
A lovely story. (School Librarian)
A story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings. A Goodnight Mister Tom for today.See all Product description
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A Room Full Of Chocolate in just one of Jane Elson's well-loved books. This book is about a young girl named Grace, who has to go and live with her grandad because her mum has to go to hospital. Her dad leaves her and her world is turend upside down. She must also start a new school where she gets picked on. Not even her favourite treat, chocolate, makes her feel better. Soon, she meets a nice rainbow-girl named Megan and her pet pig Claude. She helps her stand up to the bullies and together they can face anything. This book has everything: friendship, drama, dancing and fun. You want to buy this book, don't you?
One of the things I was most drawn to about this book was that it sounded like a cute story of friendship and dealing with big scary illnesses in a really lovely way. While this book does deal with friendship, and dealing with big scary illnesses, and has its cute moments, it just didn’t deliver as I hoped it would. The biggest problem I had with the book was that there were never any repercussions for the actions of the children in the book, the pig was used as a scapegoat one too many times, and the representation of the bullying just didn’t feel right. I feel that if the characters were older then the bullying would have felt more realistic, but it was too grown up and got violent far too quickly and again, there weren’t enough consequences for these actions in the end of it. But, when you look past these things, the story is emotional, and cute, and does have a happy ending and I can see why people love it but I just couldn’t see past these issues to truly enjoy my time reading it.
I loved Grace. I thought she was the most realistic character in the book. She was rash in her decisions, kept all of her emotions at bay, and had a little bit of a temper. But she was also friendly, protective, caring, worried, and just a ten-year-old girl struggling to deal with the big real world things facing her. I also liked Megan and her free personality. She was sure of herself, strong, and protective as well. She was a great friend for Grace and I enjoyed reading about her. In all honesty, it was due to these two characters that I continued reading this book. I wanted to see where their friendship was going to take them. While some of the other characters and their actions didn’t feel quite right – such as the bullying mentioned above – I felt that these two were strong and well-written, which made it an easier book to like!
One of the best things about this book was the voice of the main character. It had a light tone that was easy to be pulled into and I found myself really wanting to read more of it. I feel that Jane has really managed to create a wonderful voice for herself and her protagonist that helps to make it an enjoyable read. While the other issues did make it hard for me to absolutely love this book, I know that I will still be keeping an eye on Jane to read whatever she publishes next as I feel that she has a lot of talent and I cannot wait to see what she will do with it. For the writing alone, I would definitely recommend this book just reminding people to take the story with a grain of salt.
Essentially this was a good story and I can see why people loved it but as it wasn’t what I was expecting and didn’t do what I was hoping it would, I struggled to love it. I did, however, still like and enjoy it and definitely want to see what Jane will be writing next. Caroline at Big Book Little Book spoke with me about this and we both decided that it is better suited for those in the higher range of middle grade fiction who can understand that what Grace and Megan did should have had heavier punishments, or to read it with younger children to be there to discuss what they think or feel about what happened. I would also add that it would be the perfect opportunity to discuss bullying with the child and what they should do if they are getting or get bullied. So it does have potential, but for me there were just a few too many things that didn’t sit right with me that pulled me away from enjoying it too much. But I’d definitely be interested to know what you think if you ever read it – or have already!
It is aimed at children but i am in my mid 40's and i loved it.
I loved the style of writing and the way it just speaks to the normal person, no posh words you have to look up, real authentic and just lovely.
Grace is 10, she lives with her mum in london and one day her mum tells her she has found a lump and she is being sent to live with her grandfather on his farm in yorkshire whilst she receives treatment. Grace is not happy because she has never met her grandfather and her feckless father who she despises and wants nothing to do with her agrees to drive her to her grandfathers. Off she trots with her things and arrives at the farm, her father leaves without a backwards glance and grace is stuck in yorkshire.
She meets Megan , a girl slightly older than her with a pet pig claude who lives in a cottage with her mum allie , who used to be graces mums best friend.
This is such a unique wonderful story, it covers everything from childhood friendships, bullying, cancer, love, family, forgiveness, determination, bravery and hope.
Buy it now !!
The author adopts a sensitive approach throughout and introduces children to an important subject, with human relationships very much to the fore. The characters are believable and brought to life by the author, who has a very sympathetic approach.
It is fairly easy to read and our eleven year old has now also appreciated it. I feel that this book could be used as an effective aid to introducing important subjects to children.
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