Book 3: Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook is available from TSL Publications (http://tslbooks.uk/authors/robbie-and-michael-cheadle/) and Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/author/robbiecheadle).
Available as a square book for young children aged 2 to 5 years old and an A5 book for children aged 6 to 9 years. Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook is also available as an ebook.
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.
Learn how to make the following delicious recipes included in Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook:
- Terrific cheese bread;
- Delightful butter biscuits;
- Jammy scones;
- Rainbow cupcakes; and
- Bold banana bread.
All of these recipes are simple and can easily be made by a child under adult supervision.
Meet the characters
There was a red-haired lass called Tay;
Who always had plenty to say;
When the flowers damaged she found;
She couldn’t make one single sound;
Much to her complete and utter dismay.
Queen Lemon drop
Queen Lemon drop is a kind and lovely fairy who is always ready to help animals, plants and other creatures in need. She looks after the health of the forest with the other fruit drop fairies.
Queen Lemon drop is really kind;
Always ready to assist others, you’ll find;
She uses her magic sugar dust;
To help creatures and earn their trust;
She’ll never leave you in a horrible bind.
5-Star review by Deborah Bowman
Vicki Goodwin Amazon five star review
If there is one thing I know, it is how a child is enjoying a book. When the 7-year-old and I read this book, she was enthralled with the delicious and sweet animals in this book. There are such adorable and realistically shaped animals and these illustrations look good enough to eat. The verses are well formed and well crafted. I have loved the books that came before, and this new book by Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the best and most intricate thus far.
One character had us buzzing in delight. This book is perfect for children and adults that like to share reading time with them. There are bonus additions in this edition that make it an even better purchase. I highly recommend this book.
Sally Cronin Amazon five star review
This book was a gift for my nephew that I have chosen to review
This book will be a delightful read for a child, and their adult companions for that matter. A brightly coloured cast of characters, with Sir Chocolate himself created from one of the most favourite treats of all time. Ten year old Michael Cheadle came up with the idea of this charasmatic character and also his lovely Lady Sweet. Robbie not only creates these characters from fondant icing, but composes the story in verse that takes us on this current adventure.
From a conservation perspective it is wonderful to see a children’s story that gently introduces the subject of creatures who are at risk, and whilst the villain of this piece is a greedy snail, there are parallels with our own encroachment into nature. However, the colourful fondant snail with long fangs is monster enough for this fairy story. The other characters include sweet pink and apricot sugar mice, a cluster of endearing yellow and black sugar dough bees and very elegant fruit drop fairies.
In between the verses and illustrations are other gems in the form of recipes which are easy for both children (and some of us less proficient bakers) to make. Terrific Cheese Bread, Delightful Butter Biscuits, Jammy Scones, Rainbow Cupcakes, and one that will be made very shortly Bold Banana Bread.
This book may do little to reduce your waistline, but for children it will stimulate their imaginations and lead to some wonderful baking sessions with parents and grandparents.
Jacqui Murray Amazon five star review
Who could not pick up Robbie and Michael Cheadle’s story-and-baking book, Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook (TSL Publications 2017) after reading this blurb:
“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.”
This is a fun poetic story about the adventures of Sir Chocolate interspersed with wonderful recipes parents and kids create together–foods like Cheesy Bread and Butter Biscuits–accompanied by cute real-life pictures of the sugar dough creations, I have never seen a book that blended recipes and reading. How clever is that! Kids love cooking with parents, and now they can blend that with a favorite pastime: reading.
One more note: Robbie and Michael are mother-and-son. Not only will kids be inspired to cook with parents, but write and publish a book.