Valentine’s Day Guest Post from MTW authors Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Robbie and Michael are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate series of books which are all about a little man, Sir Chocolate, who lives in a land where you can eat everything, even the flowers and the trees. Sir Chocolate and his lady love, Lady Sweet, have a number of little adventures, sourcing ingredients for their fabulous chocolate creations and helping their friends in Chocolateville out of various scrapes and problems. Each book contains illustrations made from fondant, biscuits, and cake and also includes five simple recipes that children can do under parental supervision. Each book also features a poem about life with children by Robbie and a fondant creation by Michael, aged ten years. The books also include links to our blog: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com, where tutorials on how to make the various fondant creations that feature in the books are available. The link to our YouTube videos, edited by Gregory Cheadle aged 13 and ¾ years, Michael’s older brother, which show you how to make the more complex recipes is also included in each book.

In Book 1: Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream berries story and cookbook, you are introduced to Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet and accompany them on a road trip to find the famous strawberry cream berries which are protected by a family of fierce trolls.

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In Book 2: Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook, Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet wake up one morning to find that all the houses and gardens in their street in Chocolateville have been damaged. Everyone is scared and our adventurous and brave pair set off to find the culprit which turns out to be a baby cookie monster.

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Our new Sir Chocolate book, Book 3: Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook will be available in March 2017.

The blurb for this book is as follows: A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

As a tribute to Valentine’s day and The Mystery Thriller Week Annual Event, we have written a story about Sir Chocolate and the Valentine Toffee Cupid. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it and making the illustrations!

Sir Chocolate and the Valentine Toffee Cupid

The chocolate snowman lives in the ice-cream clouds;

He makes the chocolate snow that falls from the sky;

The snow tastes delicious with a rich chocolate flavour;

You won’t find better, no matter how hard you try.

 

He’s a friend of the fairies that make the milkshake rain;

His handy skills comes in useful around their rainbow castle;

When he’s not making snow, he mends burst pipes and taps;

He even collects the fairies weekly grocery parcel.

The ice cream rainbow fairies

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He wears gloves, a scarf and a woollen fondant hat;

He’s a pleasure to see at work with happy, twinkling eyes;

To find him sad one day, crying chocolate sauce tears;

Gave Sir Chocolate a big shock, he felt real surprise.

 

“What is wrong, my friend?” Sir Chocolate asked;

The snowman did not answer, just pointed to the yard;

Sir Chocolate looked – what could be problem be?

Seeing holes and a spade that the snowy surface marred.

 

He saw a chocolate snow lady, with chocolate chip eyes;

But then he noticed something that gave him a chill;

The snow lady was immobile, she couldn’t move at all;

She stood alone in the yard and was totally still

Chocolate snow lady in a chocolate snow field

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The snowman spoke in his delightful musical voice;

He was lonely and had no-one with whom to chat and share;

He had built himself a companion, one that looked like him;

Alas, he could not give her the gift of life which was unfair.

In Chocolate land, there were few of the magical creatures;

With strong enough magic to make an object animated and alive;

They were difficult to find, hiding in forests and valleys;

Sir Chocolate wanted to help so to find one he would strive.

 

The friends sat down and drank cups of piping hot chocolate;

Sir Chocolate suddenly gave a gasp, why was he being so stupid?

It was February and Chocolate land was in the grip of winter;

The magical creature that visited now was the Valentine Toffee Cupid.

The Valentine Toffee Cupid was a naughty, cunning little fellow;

He roamed around unseen with his quiver of arrows and bow;

Shooting his arrows at other creatures to make them fall in love;

These arrows had magical properties, this Sir Chocolate did know.

Valentine Toffee Cupid – a naughty little fellow

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To get Cupid to help them, that was a very tricky problem;

He put his abilities to naughty uses, causing chaos and confusion;

Sir Chocolate thought about it until his head felt swollen;

Cupid needed to think it was his idea, how to create this illusion?

 

Sir Chocolate told the snowman to go to bed and pretend to be ill;

No more chocolate snow would fall until someone came up with a cure;

Cupid, who loved the cold and snow, came to see what was wrong;

Sir Chocolate said the snowman was overworked, of this he was sure.

 

He needed someone to help him and make sure he ate his meals;

“But who?” Sir Chocolate declared, “Only a snowman would live on a cloud.”

Cupid had seen the chocolate snow lady, “What about her?” he cried;

“I can bring her to life with an arrow”, of this he felt quite proud.

 

The snowman agreed that he could really use some help;

Cupid rushed off impetuously and soon returned, snow lady in tow;

She was a lovely person, kind and helpful, the perfect wife;

She soon learned to be helpful and make chocolate snow.

Chocolate snowman and snow lady united

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The snowman was delighted and returned to work, happy and smiling;

Chocolate snow soon came tumbling down, huge piles of the stuff;

Cupid took credit for solving the problem and set off on his travels;

He boasted of his cleverness and of praises couldn’t get enough.

 

You can purchase the Sir Chocolate books from Amazon, Lulu.com and TSL Publications in the UK and elsewhere. You can buy them directly from the authors in South Africa only by emailing Robbie Cheadle at sirchoc@outlook.com.

Follow Robbie Cheadle at:

Blogs: robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com and goodreads.com

Facebook: @SirChocolateBooks

Twitter: @bakeandwrite

A massive thank you to Robbie and Michael for not only providing a sweet guest post but an original story to go along with the special day. I hope you will hop over to Amazon and see more of her books and clever ideas.

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19 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Guest Post from MTW authors Robbie and Michael Cheadle

      1. I have chosen my playmates well. 7-year old grandchildren as we as the 6 year olds, the 1 year olds, the 4 year old and the teens all keep me thinking young. 🙂 It is a plan. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I know Robbie loves seeing how appreciated her creations both written and formed are.

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