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Book Review: Chocolate Chipped

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Book Review | Posted on 30-04-2012

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This is a book I hope you never need, but if you do, I know you’ll love it.

“Chocolate Chipped” by Shelley Gilbert and Vicky Baruch tells the story of Charlie, a little boy who is struggling to come to terms with the death of his father. The book shows how Charlie learns to deal with his grief, and how he is helped along the way. The brilliant thing about this book is that it uses real smells which are embedded in the pages to deal with sensitive subject of grief in an honest, simple and at times humorous way. Grass, chocolate cake, and even “pongy socks” feature, and all you need to do to smell them is rub the pages, and I can confirm that the smells are extremely realistic.

The book was written in association with the Grief Encounter Project, one of the UK’s leading child bereavement organisations. The Grief Encounter Project aims to provide the support and understanding bereaved children and their families need to cope at the most difficult of times. You can find out more about the amazing work they do on their website.

“Chocolate Chipped” can be bought now from Amazon and more ‘smelly books’ are on their way from Smellessence this summer.

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As a parent it must be the hardest thing in the whole world to talk to your children about grief and how they are feeling. This wonderful book combines beautiful illustrations along with a very moving story to engage your child or children into talking about their feelings. How the authors and illustrators of this book manage to do this and incorporate amazing smells is absolutely incredible and it encourages the children to open up, talk and remember. This book should be in every library and every school instead of what is in there now. Perfect.

[…] previously featured a title from Smellessence on here before – “Chocolate Chipped” – which though a brilliant book was written for children who suffer a bereavement. […]

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