The Chocolate Clouds

A magical journey through a world of chocolate, sweets and all kinds of delicious food.

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
242 Pages
Reviewed on 01/17/2022
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Author Biography

Marc Remus is an award-winning German Neo Pop-Art painter with exhibitions world-wide. He was educated in the United States, graduated with a BA in art and illustration from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and lived in Japan and Central America for some years. He has traveled to more than sixty countries and visited over a thousand cities, of which he has painted over two hundred. His work has been featured on TV and in many magazines and newspapers in Germany, USA, and Mexico.

During his studies in California Remus took his first children’s book illustration class. His teacher inspired him to start writing and not just illustrating. The result was a middle grade series, Magora, which won numerous children’s books awards including Readers’ Favorite Book Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and the IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award).
Remus has traveled many times to Ireland and Scotland and developed a passion for these countries over the years. While he stayed with his family in Arizona, he began writing his first young adult novel. The Language Thieves interweaves the writer’s fantasies with his experiences in Ireland, Scotland and Arizona, making the book a unique multicultural blend.

Remus has studied many languages over the years, among them is English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Greek and Mandarin. He continues to travel, write children’s books and exhibits his artwork in galleries.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

One day in the Gingerbread mansion, a young boy named Henry wakes up to find something horrible has happened; the chocolate clouds have vanished. This causes panic within his family's empire and sparks fear among the workers. Luckily, Henry notices something that his mother failed to see; a trail of chocolate! Henry tries and tries to show his mother, but as always, she ignores him. So with everything on the line, Henry makes the decision to find the chocolate clouds himself, along with the help of his cat Tiger, who can lend his keen sense of smell. Will Henry manage to track down the chocolate clouds and restore what his town has lost? And will Henry be the same boy he once was? Find out in this highly entertaining book, The Chocolate Clouds by Marc Remus.

The Chocolate Clouds was a joy to read. The storyline is engaging and leaves you wanting more. It is written flawlessly and keeps you riveted to every page. Not only is this book fun to read, but it is also educational because it shows what can happen when you eat too many sugary foods. I feel this book will prove to be extremely useful when teaching children about the importance of eating healthily as it shows the benefits through the character of Henry. I loved the illustrations as they are a perfect fit for the book and help bring the characters alive, as well as visually show what eating healthily can do. A lot of thought and effort has gone into The Chocolate Clouds and it is now one of my favorite children's books that I've had the pleasure to read. I urge anyone with or without children to buy a copy, because either way, you will enjoy this wonderful story. Good luck, Marc Remus. I hope to read more of your stories in the future.

K.C. Finn

The Chocolate Clouds is a work of fiction in the fantasy and science fiction subgenres. It is aimed at younger readers and was penned by author Marc Remus. The book follows the adventures of Henry, a young boy living in Sugarland. For years his family made their living by collecting the melted chocolate clouds each summer, but when the clouds vanish overnight Henry must go on a quest to find them and bring them back – even if it means going to the Monster Mountains. As he ventures further away from home, he makes new friends and learns some important lessons about healthy eating.

The age-old challenge of writing children’s books with an important life lesson at their core is how to make sure the message lands with the audience without it overriding the fun of the story? Fortunately, author Marc Remus has mastered this balance, telling an exciting and engaging story of adventure and friendship with a delicious moral center that never strays into lecturing or preaching. Henry is a loveable protagonist and his adventures manage to be funny as often as they are thrilling, highlighted throughout by delightful and accessible prose. The Chocolate Clouds is a great book for children aged seven and up which will help enamor kids with reading whilst making sure the message about healthy eating doesn’t get lost along the way. Joyful and whimsical on every page and with no shortage of laughs or thrills, I recommend this book to all young readers looking for their next big adventure.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Remember Roald Dahl’s novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Here’s another chocolate treat adventure that will have you reaching for just one more and wishing you, too, lived in Choco-Locoville underneath those delicious chocolate clouds. When it rains, it rains chocolate – how sweet can you get? I just hope it’s dark chocolate! But can you get too much chocolate? What if that’s all you had to eat? Henry lives in a gingerbread mansion in Coco-Locoville in Sugarland. His family runs the chocolate factory, harvesting the chocolate from the chocolate clouds that hover above the mansion, secured and controlled by his family. One day, the chocolate clouds disappear. Henry finds some clues, but no one will listen to him. He’s just another fat boy, living in a town full of fat people. Even his mother is too busy running the factory to listen to him. So, off he trudges to follow the clues and, in the process, he meets new friends and learns a healthier way to eat, one that helps him lose weight and feel better about himself.

Marc Remus’s middle-grade novel, The Chocolate Clouds, is a mouth-watering, fun adventure through a land full of sweets. Accompanied by interesting drawings, this story is told simply with lots of excitement as the plot thickens. The author draws the reader in with his luscious descriptions of the chocolate clouds and the chocolate foods, even a breakfast totally chocolatified. The protagonist, ten-year-old Henry, is well developed as a caring, overweight child who wants to be noticed, especially by his mother. Good descriptive narrative and effective scene development help move this story forward. His journey to find the missing (perhaps even stolen) chocolate clouds is a coming-of-age type of journey that helps the young boy see himself in a different light as he explores new eating options. Combined with considerable exercise as he hikes across one kingdom after another, a diet and daily regimen give him a healthier lifestyle, one that makes him feel more self-confident and, yes, healthier. This is a fun story, full of good lessons.

Jennifer Ibiam

Henry lived in the land of Foodtopia, the kingdom of Sugarland, and the town of Choco-Locoville. He hailed from the most influential family, who made their fortune by trapping chocolate clouds and producing the same for Sugarland. Every living thing in Sugarland was obese because the foods were chocolate and candy. Henry was only ten years old, but he couldn’t see his toes, which caused him discomfort. He wanted to lose weight. One day, the chocolate clouds that made his family wealthy disappeared. Someone stole them, and he went on a search to make his mother happy. While searching for his family treasure, Henry would visit the kingdoms he had only read about, including the dangerous Barebone Island. Follow the adventures of Henry in The Chocolate Clouds by Marc Remus.

Marc Remus wrote an excellent story in The Chocolate Clouds for children between six and ten years. Real people inspired this book, but it featured dreamy fabled settings. I wished to visit Veggington and cross the Omelet Ocean. The Chocolate Clouds was a hilarious, captivating, relatable, and educative work. Marc showed me (and children) healthy eating habits and lifestyles without eliminating the sweets. I also learned not to judge people until I had honest encounters with them because my belief could be wrong. Henry and the flowers’ experience showed how people get lured by their desires, so discipline and focus are essential traits. I loved Carrotina, Tiger, Milo, and the bookmark crochet tutorial by Catharina. The shaded illustrations by the author were also beautiful. I’d love to read more from Marc.

Shrabastee Chakraborty

Henry would love to lose a few pounds in weight; however, that seems a tall order when you live at Sugarland and eat candies all day long. Henry’s mother monopolized the chocolate business, collecting the molten chocolate raining down from the chocolate clouds and transforming them into mouth-watering treats. All was well until the day someone stole the clouds. Determined to bring them back, Henry and his cat, Tiger, follow the trail of chocolates. Across the Monster Mountains, Henry finds an unlikely friend in Carrotina, a talking carrot. Together, they embark upon a quest, traversing the world of Foodtopia. The Chocolate Clouds, a children’s book by Marc Remus, chronicles their unforgettable journey.

The first thing I noticed about this book was its precious collection of eye-catching illustrations. Drawn by Remus himself, these black and white illustrations were inarguably the book’s best asset, even rivaling the storyline at times. Remus cleverly hid many details in the pictures and depicted Henry’s gradual transformation through them. I found Henry’s bravery and resolve admirable. His encounters with various fascinating characters throughout Foodtopia made his journey remarkable. I loved how Remus discussed obesity and its ill effects on health while refraining from defaming comments. The story served as an ingenious way to introduce nutritious food options such as vegetables, fruits, and dairy products. Remus presented some valuable lessons about healthy eating in the guise of exciting adventures. A humorous interview from Carrotina and several fun activities at the end of the book would captivate youngsters. The Chocolate Clouds is a perfect read for children aged 6-10 years.