Sir Chocolate and the Valentine Toffee Cupid – a rhyming verse story

Last Valentine’s Day, I wrote a special story which Vicki Goodwin from The Page Turner blog shared as part of Mystery Thriller Week. I was reading this again yesterday and I thought I would share it as we are still in the month of love.

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


Read the rest of this story here:

Have a lovely Sunday!


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town


#Bookreview – Life in a Flash by Geoff Le Pard

What Amazon says

Life is fast, life is short. In a series of short fiction pieces, most under 500 words, we explore the world, its inhabitants and their trials and tribulations, their ups and downs and sideways shifts, all with humour and decent grammar. You’ll find something to amuse and intrigue here and if, unlikely as it is, one piece isn’t for you, well, turn the page and start again.

My review

It is amazing to me how a piece of flash fiction or a really short story can have a huge  impact on you. The imagery and idea can bore into your mind and take up residency there so that you keep going back to the idea and turning it over and reflecting on it. To me, a huge reader all my life, a piece of writing that can do that to you is amazing. I found a number of pieces of writing like this in Geoff Le Pard’s book, Life in a Flash.

There are a few pieces with the common theme of planet Earth effectively being used as a plaything of the gods. The gods wreak havoc on Earth when they are feeling a bit boisterous and it has huge implications to the humans that live there. I thought the stories in this theme were really fun and unique.

Cold, Cold, Snow was the story in this collection that made the biggest impact on me. The idea of a woman and her children being intrigued by, and extending the hand of friendship, to an elderly man who is guarding a building site warmed my heart. The weather is terribly cold in the story and the old man has a fire to keep him warm. The fire is quite central to the story as it plays a leading role in the beginning and end of the friendship.

Another story that took over my mind was It’ll be Lonely This Christmas – Please. In under 500 words, Geoff conveys the dreadful loneliness and sadness of the loss of a spouse by an elderly man. He depicts the relationships between the old man and his deceased wife’s friends, his son and an old friend of his during his first Christmas alone and really captures how the old man sees and feels about what is happening around him.

Another Amazon review

Sarah Brenton rated this book 5 out of 5 stars and said:

I’m a huge fan of flash fiction so was looking forward to reading this. I was not disappointed. The stories and this author’s writing style are fabulous.

Le Pard has a talent for injecting humor into wildly different situations. This book provides readers with lots of laughs. There are a few comical retellings of myths and legends, a couple chuckle-worthy ‘real life’ scenarios, and some random silliness.

I’d be remiss not to mention there are a handful of more serious flashes sprinkled throughout—unexpected but excellent.

Overall, amusing and well-written. An entertaining and fun read.

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Rupert the Bear – one of my favourite literary characters

As a young girl I liked to read a series of books. Strangely, as an adult, I have steered away from book series, preferring to read stand alone books like Jane Eyre and Great Expectations.

I have noticed that both my boys loved to read a series of book when they were in the prep school. Greg seems to have outgrown this now and reads a lot more stand alone books but Michael is busy reading his way through all the Secret Seven books by Enid Blyton. I think that children find a series comforting with its familiar characters. Young children definitely like repetition and while the requests to read books over and over again, until you could recite them backwards, does eventually stop, the concept of a book series stays around for much longer.

Rupert the Bear is a very memorable book series for me. I loved them as a child and I have a vintage collection of these books as an adult. I have read them many times to both my boys and I still enjoy them.

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Rupert the Bear

The Rupert the Bear books are written along the lines of a comic strip but there is a lot more sophistication in the writing, illustrations and story lines than in a standard comic.

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Rupert is a great character and he is polite and helpful which are characteristics that are worthy of promotion to children. He has lots of interesting friends, most of which are animals that are given the bodies and characteristics of humans. An exaggerated form of personification. All of the animals are drawn to the same scale, regardless of whether the animal is an elephant, fox or a bear. My personal favourites of Rupert’s friends are Podgy Pig and Bill Badger. A couple of humans feature in the books such as the Professor and Tiger Lily. There is also a Merboy, who lives in the ocean, who reappears frequently in the books.

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Rupert lives in a lovely English village called Nutwood and he is always getting involved in exciting adventures that take him to interesting places under the ocean and in magical countries. Rupert and his friends are also subject to mysterious weather conditions and other strange happenings.

According to Wikipedia, there are 82 Rupert the Bear annuals. I don’t have anywhere near that many so I have some shopping to do.

Did you know:

Rupert Bear started life as a daily comic strip in the newspaper in order to compete with the Daily Mail’s Teddy Tail ( first published in 1919 ) and the Daily Mirror’s Pip Squeak and Wilfred, Britain’s first ever comic strip introduced in 1915.

Rupert Bear has stood the test of time, having been seen in the Daily Express every day for over 90 years and having his own Rupert Annuals published since 1936.


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town


#Carrotranch flash fiction challenge – Fireweed

Drugs were fairly unusual among the middle class kids who attended my high school. There was a group of kids who smoked dagga. Everyone knew about it and they were generally looked down upon by my peer group. I had a fairly sheltered upbringing and I have never had much contact with drug addicts. Charli’s challenge this week, to write a 99-word piece of flash fiction, using the word fireweed reminded me of a situation I saw in Romford in the UK last year.

“The girl slumped on the floor outside the grocery store. Busy shoppers rushed in and out, barely affording her so much as a sideways glance. She was quite beautiful despite her unkempt hair which was wild and matted. Her eyes rolled wildly in her head showing their whites, like a horse before it bolts.

Her hands shook violently as she reached out to take the coffee and cake I held out to her. The coffee slopped over the sides of the cup as the aftermath of last nights fireweed manifested in her body as it tore her mind apart.”

You can join in this challenge here:

‘Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster Story and Cookbook’ by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

A wonderful review of Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster story and cookbook by Colin Garrow. Such a lovely find after a really stressful day at work. Thank you, Colin.

Colin Garrow

Sir Chocolate and the Baby Cookie Monster Story and Cookbook

Book 2 of Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate series features Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet in a hunt to find a lost baby cookie monster. As well as the story, we learn how to make a selection of delicious recipes, including Easy Sausage Rolls and Chocolate Butter Icing.

I bought the paperback version of this charming children’s book mainly because the Kindle format of picture books rarely reproduce the images satisfactorily (though to be fair I didn’t look at the ebook version, so can’t say for sure). The story is in rhyme and tells of the search for the missing Baby Cookie Monster, including a trip in a chocolate cake car and characters such as the Vanilla Fudge Bird.

The pictures of all the edible characters show up well and compliment the story. The recipes too, are delightful and are laid…

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