A World Without Chocolate


It’s a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining, the grass is green, and chocolate is bountiful in the stores. You turn on the TV to The Seven Show, with a troubling report. They have found a prophecy ordaining that by this Sunday, all chocolate will disappear! Jennifer “Jelly Welly” Wellington lives in the town of Chompton-on-de-Lyte, the world’s biggest chocolate hub. Long story short, chocolate is the life of the town and even the thought of no more chocolate is enough to send the entire town into hysterics. Students and teachers alike munch on the remaining bars, as the flow of chocolate slows and finally, no more chocolate is being shipped to stores anywhere. Is the Chocopocalypse an elaborate and well-executed plot? Or is it real? Welcome to the world of “The Chocopocalypse!”

Jelly Welly loves chocolate. Like almost everybody else in the world, it is her favorite thing to eat. So when The Seven Show announces that in less than a week all the chocolate will be gone, she runs to her grandmother, a retired scientist. Together they pick up on a trail of clues that suggests that perhaps the Chocopocalypse is the work of an evil mastermind. And on top of it all, she still has to think of a science project that will get her a good grade!

Callaghan’s book is a work of art (that is, if art was covered in chocolate). The humor in the book is reminiscent of Roald Dahl, and the plot is full of unexpected twists and turns (Who IS that mysterious chocolate shop owner Garibaldi Chocolati? Why does his chocolate taste so bad?).

All in all, “The Chocopocalypse” is a wonderful book to read in a few sittings, or with a cup of hot cocoa. I would recommend “The Chocopocalypse” for kids ages 10+, however it can be an easy and fun read for older teens too!