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About the Book



A little African American boy is teased for his color difference and longs to be like everyone else. Read and find out how he learns to accept himself just as he is.



Book Synopsis



A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

For years before they both achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on Chocolate Me!, a book based on experiences of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for a picture book that encourages all people, especially kids, to love themselves.



Review Quotes




"With its universal themes of wanting to fit in, self-acceptance, and self-esteem, this read-aloud offering is sure to strike a chord with many young readers/listeners, and on a variety of subjects, not just race." --School Library Journal

"Taye Diggs can act and sing, and now he proves he can write. With Chocolate Me!, the affable Diggs makes an assured foray into the children's book category. Lavishly illustrated by Shane W. Evans, Chocolate embraces a difficult topic with wide arms: colorism." --Essence

"Actor Diggs, making his children's book debut, gives an unvarnished take on the emotional impact of taunting that cuts to the core of one's identity... Evans makes the hero's journey to confidence irresistible, with bighearted, stylized pictures that draw on the emotionally exuberant vocabulary of street art and anime." --Publishers Weekly




About the Author



Taye Diggs is an actor whose credits include motion pictures (How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Chicago), stage (Rent, Wicked), and television (Private Practice). He lives in Los Angeles and New York City with his wife, the actress Idina Menzel, and their son.

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of numerous award-winning books for children, including Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson, and Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dimensions (Overall): 10.6 Inches (H) x 8.8 Inches (W) x .4 Inches (D)
Weight: .9 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 40
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: People & Places
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Theme: African American, United States
Format: Hardcover
Author: Taye Diggs
Language: English
Street Date: September 27, 2011
TCIN: 13479808
UPC: 9780312603267
Item Number (DPCI): 248-66-6025
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.4 inches length x 8.8 inches width x 10.6 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.9 pounds
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 1 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Love a black boy main character

4 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
MeghanLoring - 5 years ago
I read this book with my eight-year mentee, and it prompted great discussion about her identity as a mixed child. She loved having a character who looked like her and whose mom had hair like her moms. We talked about how we'd describe our skin. She really enjoyed reading the main character's t-shirts and repeating "Chocolate Me"! That being said, some of the criticism of the book is warranted. It's too simplistic (intentionally) to teach some deep life lesson, but it could do a better job of highlighting the boy's self-acceptance and identifying what he likes about himself. Overall, I'd say the book won't do the teaching for you, but it opens the door for meaningful conversation with a child.
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