Book of My Choosing - 2018 · Book Review · Children · Nonfiction

Book Review: No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart & Allen Young; Illustrated by Nicole Wong


Pages: 32
Genre: Children/Non-Fiction/Educational/Science
Publication Date:
 August 1, 2013


Here comes a children’s non-fiction text that illustrates where chocolate comes from!


my review

When I first saw this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got out of it was a lot of useful information! It was interesting to learn how many different animals and creatures make even the smallest contribution in order to help the cocoa beans grow, which in turn makes chocolate. I do wonder if the amount of information presented may be a bit much for some children, which then could become a bit tedious to read. However, this is the type of book that teachers can use to create a cause and effect activity, which could be used to remember these natural contributors. 

I must say some of the insights grossed me out, especially when it came to some of the insects. The pictures themselves were not done too graphically, it was the words that I read that disgusted me. On the other hand, sometimes the gross part of nature can be fascinating to many children, so kudos to the authors for sharing all aspects of this natural phenomenon.

The illustrations filled up the pages of the book very nicely. They were not too vibrant, yet it worked with the topic at hand.

Overall, No Monkeys, No Chocolate was a very educational book to read, but the amount of new information means this would be a book to revisit.

My Rating4 stars


Due to the amount of text and new information, elementary-aged children would be the ideal audience. Any lower and they’ll get confused; any higher and they might lose interest.

Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
62 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!

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