In Chocolate Dreams, Cocoa the Chocolate Fairy is blamed for the missing chocolate eggs—but really it’s the sour troll Mogu who stole them! Can Cocoa save the chocolate eggs and restore the balance of Sugar Valley?
Some girls who savor frothy reading (or Strawberry Shortcake the character) may enjoy this first book in the Candy Fairies series, but others will succumb to sugar shock. Set in the Candy Kingdom, home to the Chocolate Woods and Candy Corn Fields, Perelman's (the Camp Rock series) story centers on Cocoa the Chocolate Fairy, chosen by Fairy Princess Lolli (who has "a heart of sugar") to guard the precious first chocolate eggs of spring. When the eggs disappear, Cocoa realizes "She'd need every ounce of chocolate courage she had" to deal with this "huge chocolate mess." Knowing there's only one person "sour enough" to steal the eggs, Cocoa and Lolli travel to the cave of a "salty old troll." They feed him so many chocolate-covered pretzels that he falls into a "chocolate coma" and they retrieve the purloined candy. Though unabashedly saccharine, the tale contains an occasional dollop of spice: when one fairy shows off her sugarcoated fruit-chew necklace, another gushes, "You have the best taste." Final art not seen by PW. Also out: Rainbow Swirl. Ages 6-9.