Friday 27 June 2014

Chocolate = Books=Yummy

My friend, C.L. Murphy, asked me awhile ago to participate in the Chocolate Blog Challenge. C.L. is the author of the wonderful e-book series,The Adventures of Lovable Lobo and blog posts here:

So, thinking about chocolate, which I am totally addicted to and books, which I am absolutely addicted to, brought me to thinking about some really cool books, as I am eating chocolate in order to think wisely.

My book comparisons are all children book writers who I know and admire.

Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task by Mark Simon Smith, bk. 2.

Trouble has darkened the colorful land of Mariskatania and it is up to the Hero, Sir Nathan, to save the day. There are stories of a terrible, awful, frightening beast roaming the countryside and Sir Nathan must hunt down this creature and return what has been stolen from Queen Gobbledeegook.
 These books are hilarious and so much fun: the silliness, the smiting, the dastardly situations, the humor, the unique characters, especially Sir Nathan  and when he has 'lengthy screaming fits about the dastardly tricks of evil and how it sneaks about, ruining everything'.

My comparison to chocolate is to the Double Dipped Oreo Cookies Tin (for special occasions): all the fun of twisting off the tops and licking the middle of regular Oreo cookies, but with much more intrigue in the middle, on top, and all around.

The Adventures of Tomato and Pea Book 1: A Bad Idea 
by Erik Weibel

 Super-hero/O.L.E. agent Tomato wins an all-inclusive space cruise for himself and three
companions, and asks his best friends: Pea, his sidekick; Skew, a cook; and Poppy Lobster, a mailman aboard the S.S. Poofy.  Unbeknown to Tomato , his nemesis, Wintergreen,  has set the whole thing up with the intention of sending Tomato and his gang into a black hole from which they can never return.
This is a wonderful adventure written by an eleven-year-old who is also a book reviewer at  Who better to write a middle grade book than someone who reads a bazillion middle grade books?    

My comparison to Erik's book is to Chocolate Covered Popcorn--when watching or reading something entertaining, popcorn is a must. If it's very entertaining, then chocolate is required to top off that popcorn.

The Faeries of Birchover Wood--The Bad, #1, by Ian S. Rutter

Back in the days when the King of England           

fought along side such great beasts to defeat
the Bad, a magical pact was formed so that
if at any time the Bad was to find a way to
escape from the tree, then the spirits of the
myths, legends and folklore would come back 
and fight side by side to protect the innocent.
It was their duty. Their solemn vow. It was 
now that time to fulfill that promise.

This book reminds me of Chocolate Truffles: ganache centre (chocolate, caramel, nuts, almonds, berries, nougart, fudge, liqueur etc.) coated in chocolate, icing sugar, cocoa powder or chopped hazelnuts, almonds or coconut.  You get the picture, a lot of good stuff in each bite.

              Elven Jewel, # 1, by Kasper Beaumont

The story is a fantasy adventure about good versus evil. Four halflings,  
along with their bond fairies, set out to save their land, Reloria, from the evil Vergais (large, scaly creatures). There are also dwarfs, elves, knights and a dragon that team up with the halflings on their adventures to return the stolen Elven Jewel and, in turn, save their homeland.

 The comparison here is to Milk Chocolate Almonds: there's just no way you're going to have a few--eating the whole bag is a necessity, just like turning every page of this book.

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo, #3:  Lobo Finds Bigfoot, by C. L. Murphy

There’s something in the forest that smells very different to Lobo in his third adventure.  What could it be?  He discovers Squatchy, a little Bigfoot!  Squatchy leads Lobo and Roxy, to a clearing in the forest where they witness the Squatchy Stomp.  Stomp along to the beat just like the Bigfoots do!  Find Squatchy when he hides in the trees and learn the secret Bigfoot signal!  BELIEVE!

  This book reminds me of Ghiradelli Hot Chocolate with peppermint sticks: warm, smooth chocolate with adventurous peppermint. Totally satisfying.

The last part of the Chocolate Blog Challenge was to find three bloggers to carry on the challenge. Well, that part didn't work out so well as all my blogger friends said "No" in one way or another. Here's what they said:  "I'm busy that week studying flora in Peru."; "That's weird you asked since I'm on a diet."; "I'm scared."; "Ny cat ate the "N" key on ny laptop."; "Oh, what is to become of men and mice?" Huh?

So I've decided to just send you to some of my friends blogs to see what they are up to.

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  1. Thank you for choosing my book as one of your top 6 favorite books! I am SO SO so so so so so so so so so honored that you did that. And, by the way, thanks for the shout-out for my blog! :D

    1. Your very welcome, Erik. You deserve the shout-out for your book and your blog. Keep up the great work.

  2. What fun pairings, Diane….I mean Lady Di! I'm so glad you joined the chocolate blog tour and very flattered that you included one of my adventures for the challenge.

    1. Hi Honorary Knight Lobo's Queen,

      It was fun comparing the books, and your book, to chocolate. Your post was fun too,

  3. Mmmm. I am seriously devouring this blog post. Thanks for the mention, Diane. I will definitely read Elven Jewel with almonds next time. Cheers, Kasper :-)

    1. Yep, that's what I did, read your book while eating chocolate almonds. Great together.