Kirkus Review of "The Chocolate Clouds"
“A whimsical food concept brought vividly to life.”
“Younger readers will be thoroughly entertained … there are surprises on a page-by-page level and wonder aplenty for the target audience.” — Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews is an American book review magazine founded in 1933 by Virginia Kirkus which is known to be tough on authors.
An award-winning, bestselling author once stated correctly: "Kirkus reviews are notoriously honest, leaning toward brutal. If you walk away from Kirkus with a decent review, it´s definitely a feather in your cap as an author. "
So I am amazed that I got a really good review from them. Here are some of the excerpts below. You can find the entire review on the Kirkus Website at:
Kirkus on the plot:
“The story itself is sweet and nonthreatening, although Henry’s quest is not without peril.” — Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus on the writing style and illustrations:
“The prose is a simple mix of narrative, dialogue, and description, enhanced throughout by the author’s partial and full-page illustrations. These pictures—textured black-and-white sketches of considerable intricacy—contribute greatly to Remus’ worldbuilding and to the depiction of Henry, Carrotina, Tiger, and others.” —Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus on the main character Henry:
“Henry is a likable protagonist, conscious of his own shortcomings but
determined to overcome them.”
Kirkus on the character Carrotina (a living carrot):
“Carrotina is a particularly memorable character. She is kind and companionable but also acutely aware of being a sentient, anthropomorphized vegetable. Her perspective on life encapsulates the magical suspension of disbelief that underpins the four food-based lands of Foodtopia.”