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I love Robbie’s Sir Chocolate series

I know–I’m late! I have many ‘blah blah’ reasons, but consider this my ‘after the show show’ review.

I’ve read several of Robbie’s Sir Chocolate series books (and many of her adult books). Besides being fun stories kids will be drawn to, Robbie has unique characteristics I rarely see in other books.

First, she writes them with her son, a teenager who shares her love of reading. Second, she makes each story not just a picture book but a kinesthetic experience. As child and parent read the story, they can bake select recipes together. As a teacher, I often hear stories from parents of children who hated reading until they found a particular series that they couldn’t put down. For some it’s Harry Potter, others Star Trek, and for others, I’m sure, it is this series.

My Review

I’ve read a lot of Robbie’s books (here’s a review of Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five). In each book, Sir Chocolate is faced with a perplexing problem he must solve, giving young readers an example of real-life problem solving. In this book, Chocolate Fudge Saves the Sugar Dog, Sir Chocolate’s son, Chocolate Fudge, sees a drowning dog and has to figure out how to save it. The poetry is cute and child-centric. The pictures are created by Robbie herself using her fondant art. Recipes include:

    • Peanut butter cookies
    • Oreo cupcakes
    • Avocado and bacon scones
    • Chocolate chip shortbread dipped in chocolate

For those who like visual over text, Robbie has videos of many recipes on her YouTube channel here. Here’s an example:

Highly recommend for parents looking for enjoyable activities to do with their children and families who love cooking as a group activity.

Purchase Links

Paperback: https://tslbooks.uk/product/chocolate-fudge-saves-the-sugar-dog/

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Fudge-Saves-Sugar-Dog/dp/1914245547

Ebook: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/michael-cheadle-and-robbie-cheadle/chocolate-fudge-saves-the-sugar-dog/ebook/product-j7k4e6.html?page=1&pageSize=4

About the Authors

Robbie Cheadle is a multigenre author of children and adult book, fiction, anthologies, and poetry, and blogs at Robbie’s Inspiration. She co-writes the Sir Chocolate series with her son, Michael Cheadle, Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions that children can make under adult supervision. She has also published two books for older children, two adult novels in the paranormal historical and supernatural fantasy genres (published as Roberta Eaton Cheadle), as well as a variety of short stories and poems included in several anthologies.

Contact her at:

Website: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Spring 2022

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110 thoughts on “I love Robbie’s Sir Chocolate series

  1. Wonderful review, Jacqui, and I enjoyed Robbie’s video, too. I’m still waiting for my copy. It wasn’t a “tomorrow delivery” like usual on Amazon, but I’m excited to read it, and then to start from the beginning. I wish this series was around when my kids were little. They used to bake with me, too. Congrats again to Robbie and Michael!
    ~Lauren

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  2. Late is just fine, Jacqui. I’m sure Robbie is delighted either way. A wonderful review and intro to the Sir Chocolate books and Robbie’s amazing talent. I read one of her books a while ago when my grandson was little, and we had so much fun. Congrats to Robbie!

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  3. Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    Jacqui Murray has shared a lovely post and review for Chocolate Fudge saves the Sugar Dog. Jacqui has the most incredible historical fiction book about ancient mankind so do have a look while you are there. Jacqui also shares excellent posts about writing, genres, and other interesting topics.

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  4. Hi Jacqui and Robbie – what a wonderful sounding series of books – with a fascinating connection to treats from the kitchen … kids love eating, and no doubt in time – reading. Fantastic – here’s to Robbie and her son’s writing careers … cheers Hilary

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  5. As others have mentioned, what I find most endearing about this whole idea is how Robbie and her son produce these books together. It gets especially challenging to connect with kids as they become teenagers and their friends become more important. I also have fond memories of baking with my mom when I was a kid, so that is a further reason I’m drawn to this series.

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  7. What a neat idea to combine cooking and reading. I should buy this for my grandkids–my daughter and I still talk about books together but they tend to be things on international politics or such. Although not designed for younger kids, Rick Bragg’s book, “The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Mamma’s Table,” which tells a wonderful story of his family, ends each chapter with a recipe of good Southern cooking.

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  9. The art work is her own! Wowzers. I always admire people who create those amazing cakes with fondant sculptures. I bet her kids were the envy of the birthday party circuit.

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