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Cheryl DaVeiga Author Interview

Chocolate Space Bunnies follows a group of bunnies that love chocolate who are looking for a new planet to live on. What was the inspiration for your story?

This is the first in a series told by the truth-stretching storyteller, Ooey Gooey Looey.  As the Ooey Gooey song goes (link attached for your entertainment 😉 Ooey Gooey Looey loves chocolate, but any kind of candy will do. And for a Snickers or a Twix or a Skittles or a Kiss, he’ll tell a tall tale or two.  The story of how Ooey Gooey became a storyteller is to be told in one of the next books in the series called French Fry Fortune Teller.  Ooey Gooey Looey is all about chocolate, and tall tales, so somehow, in my crazy brain, the first story turned out to be about a chocolate planet.  Sometimes, I can’t even remember where the ideas come from.

The art in this book is fantastic, it really made me crave chocolate. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Luis Peres?

Luis Peres is a gifted artist, and his company “I Create Worlds” couldn’t be better named.  Luis is in Portugal, but we communicated often throughout his illustration process.  With many illustrators, it is a very linear process… manuscript to storyboard to final.  But Luis and I laughed about concepts along the way, and we really connected.  He is indeed fantastic, and he is on board for the whole Ooey Gooey Stories series.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

All of my books, War at the Ice Cream Store, Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream, The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine, and this one have an underlying message of kindness and acceptance, wrapped in a light, humorous package. If kids (and adults!) start with kindness, all good things will follow.  In this book, the kids are curious, the parents are frightened, and the bunnies need help. Once the bunnies are known, they are no longer strange aliens, and everyone’s worlds are enhanced.

What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?

Luis has already illustrated French Fry Fortune Teller (as I mentioned above-the back-story of Ooey Gooey Looey), and there are two manuscripts getting ready to go.  Within a few months, we should have a new one out there!

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Spark Your Child’s Playful Imagination with this Easter Basket Treat!

Once upon a time, there was an Earth with NO chocolate! Crazy right?
But one day, a mysterious spaceship appears in the sky, captivating the children who witness it.
Where did it come from? Who lurks inside? What secrets does it hold?
Children will be enchanted by the immersive, chocolaty space world created by illustrator Luis Peres. Captain Hop, First Mate Flop, and Skipper Flip lead the way on a journey beyond the big chocolate dipper, deep into the ooey gooey Milky Way.
The first of the Ooey Gooey Stories series, this irresistibly delicious story, is narrated by the charming, chocolate-loving, truth-stretching teller of tales, Ooey Gooey Looey, who hides throughout the book for even more interactive fun. And don’t forget to sing along with the Ooey Gooey Looey animated song video at
Another gem from award-winning Biff Bam Booza Books. For children ages 4-8… and big kids like you!

Chocolate Space Bunnies

A long time ago, there lived cute little bunnies called Fonduliens who lived on a chocolate planet far away. Everything was covered in chocolate, but it was all melting. Three courageous bunnies head out on a quest to find a new home. They find the perfect place to live on a planet called Earth. But no one there has ever heard of chocolate. Will the Fonduliens be able to convince the earthlings to let them live there?

This is a wildly creative and fun book that sets up a great backstory before sending the characters on an entertaining quest to save their people. I was impressed with how much was packed into this children’s book. We learn about the Fonduliens, about their planet, we’re taken on an adventure through space, and then we land on Earth, where the Fonduliens encounter humans who are afraid of them.

There is so much in this kid’s book to dive into and discuss with children. Like the bunny’s planet melting, needing to find a new home, people being afraid of aliens, and the idea that chocolate doesn’t exist. These are all ideas that rarely appear in children’s books. It’s all presented in a way that is easy to follow and fun every step of the way.  

The artwork throughout the picture book is absolutely delicious. The artwork is sharp, vibrant, and detailed. I loved the color choices and the cute expressions on all the character’s faces. This all makes for a perfect book to read to young children at bedtime, as they are sure to be glued to every page as their parents read the story to them.

Chocolate Space Bunnies takes young readers on a lively and imaginative adventure that is heaps of fun. I recommend this book to early elementary school children or any parent that is looking for a book that is unique and will capture children’s imagination.

Pages: 39 | ASIN: B0BTGHL62B

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