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The Chocolate King (ePub)

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By Michael Leventhal
Imprint: Green Bean Books
File Size: 12.6 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781784386757
eBook Released: 30th November 2021

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Benjamin loves chocolate. He also knows a lot about it. But one person knows more - his grandfather Marco, otherwise known as the Chocolate King.

Benjamin’s family arrive in France at the beginning of the 17th century, having escaped the Spanish Inquisition. They have nothing but the clothes on their backs and as many cocoa beans as they can carry.

Back in Spain, Benjamin’s grandfather Marco was El Rey de Chocolate, famed for his delicious hot chocolate drink, a recipe he claims he learned from an intrepid Spanish explorer. But now, if the family are to make a living, they must persuade the people of France to fall in love with Marco’s strange mud-coloured concoction. Benjamin is desperate to help, dreaming that he might grow up to wear the Chocolate King crown.

Then, one day, Benjamin causes chaos in the kitchen. Covered head-to-toe in chocolate, he stumbles into the street and straight into the path of the real King - the King of France. Finally, the family get the breakthrough they need, and all of Benjamin’s dreams start to come true.

The Chocolate King is a thought provoking children's book about something we eat lots of and take for granted today - chocolate.
I found this historical story fantastic.
Marco (the Chocolate king) learns the Aztecs hot chocolate recipe. After being forced to leave Spain they find it really hard to make any kind of living from selling chocolate. But then after an accident that occurs in front of another king, this changes their fortune.
This was a comical read with fantastic illustrations. I went and made a hot chocolate after reading this!

NetGalley, Natalie Horman

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Chocolate King is part history, part science, and part delicious! We travel back in time to when Benjamin's family arrives in France to escape the Spanish Inquisition. With them they bring his grandfather's, the Chocolate King, famous hot chocolate drink. It takes some time for people to catch on but by chance the Chocolate King meets the actual king and wins over the population!

This book would make a great addition to any cooking unit or a chocolate unit! Homeschoolers and parents will both enjoy the gently nods to history as well as the explanation of cocoa processing in the back of the book.

NetGalley, Victoria Weaver

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

We take chocolate for granted today - many of us do not stop to think that it was not as widely accepted in the past. The Aztecs had a delicious hot chocolate recipe that they made, and Marco, the Chocolate King, has learned this recipe - and sold it widely in Spain before they were forced to leave. When they made it to France, they found it was very hard to make a living by selling chocolate, that is, until Benjamin has an accident and stumbles out in front of the French king!!

With royal patronage, the family soon has enough money to buy more beans, and also add new spices to their drinks, to add new flavors. What a great end to a messy accident!

This was a cute read, and I loved the history that was included as well. If you love hot chocolate, then you are going to want to try the recipe that is shared in the book (it is delicious, and we enjoyed it here at home). Grab this fun book and share a little history in the guise of a cute story!

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Really love this book!! Great illustration for a wonderful story. A Jewish family who made great hot chocolate drink that got chased out of Spain. So they started the same venture in France, with no avail, until, of course, one day they got lucky.

This is a good book for kids who started to enjoy reading longer stories.

NetGalley, Jo Clairefontaine

I thought that this was a wonderful fun story and I loved the illustrations they really helped to bring the story to life and they are really spot on for the story itself taking you back in time.

The story was easy to follow and it did allow for me to discuss other things with my daughter briefly (she is only 4) but she is learning about being kind at school and this was loosely badged as in the past not everyone as kind and they were forced to leave their homes.

She really enjoyed it and she loves chocolate but the book did its job in that she did pause and think about what has happened to Benjamin and his family too.

It is 4 stars from me for this one – highly recommended!

NetGalley, Donna Maguire

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Chocolate King is a beautifully illustrated story about the history of how refugee Jews brought chocolate to France after having to leave their homeland. There are timelines and flow charts for when and how chocolate became popular in France. I read this book with my 5 and 9 years old daughters, who both gave the story 5 stars.

NetGalley, Amy Bell

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The story unfolds about a jewish family that is forced to escape from the horrors of the Spanish inquisition.

It is beautifully written and illustrated as the young Benjamin has to restart his life in France as a chocolatier.

He faces many hurdles on the way but remains focused and deals with all that life throws at him.

An optimistic and uplifting story. I enjoyed it immensely.

NetGalley, LOIS ELIYAHU

THIS BOOK IS SO CUTE! I will be buying this for my daughter!

NetGalley, Sarah Castaneda

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Really sweet book (pun intended) about a family that immigrates from Spain to France and has to start all over.

Great moral to the story and perfect for 7 and up. Younger kids will enjoy the story (I mean it is about chocolate after all) but they might not get the moral of the story until a little older. Still a quick read and perfect over a cup of hot chocolate!

NetGalley, Joni Owens

About Michael Leventhal

Michael Leventhal is the publisher of Greenhill Books and Green Bean Books. The Chocolate King is his first book for children and won a PJ Library Author Incentive Award. Previously he founded Gefiltefest, a Jewish food charity which organised Europe's biggest Jewish food festival. He is co-author of Jews in Britain and edited The Hand of History (illustrated by Chris Riddell). He eats a lot of chocolate. 

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