Tina loves chocolate more than anything else, "more than birthdays, more than roller skating, and definitely more than dried fruit." When her health teacher, Mrs. Ferdman, makes the class repeat the mantra, "You are what you eat," Tina wishes it would come true. When she wakes up the next morning to find herself transformed, though, she discovers that being chocolate isn't nearly as much fun as eating it. To Tina's great relief, however, she is restored to her normal self the next day, and resolves to give up her favorite treat foreverAright after a giant bowl of Choco-Crunchies. Children will appreciate this story's zany humor, and will particularly enjoy seeing the prim Mrs. Ferdman receive her just deserts. Tina is a spirited heroine who will surely gain the sympathy of anyone who has ever had too much of a good thing. The illustrations, brimming with child appeal, show youngsters at their wacky bestAgrimacing at dried prunes and staring with raised eyebrows at their chocolate classmate. Sly details appear here and there in the paintings: a snake slithers out of someone's desk and Mrs. Ferdman wears earrings shaped like chocolate kisses. Filled with exuberance from start to finish, this story will make a rousing read-aloud.Adawn Amsberry, Oakland Public Library, CA
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