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Children's Fiction Cooking & Food

La magie du chocolat

by (author) Sandra Bradley

illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Cooking & Food, Emotions & Feelings, Multigenerational
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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Daniel, huit ans, aime aider son oncle chocolatier dans sa boutique avant d’aller a l’ecole. Quand une nouvelle eleve arrive dans sa classe, il remarque qu’elle a besoin d’un peu de reconfort. Daniel a une idee : avec l’aide de son oncle, il va surprendre la jeune fille en deposant un chocolat sur son pupitre. Ce qu’il voit par la suite est MAGIQUE! Est-ce que cela inspirera Daniel a creer d’autres moments speciaux?


Avec des illustrations de la creatrice primee Gabrielle Grimard, ce magnifique album montre la capacite d’un enfant a comprendre les sentiments des autres et a leur offrir de petits actes de gentillesse.


Eight-year-old Daniel loves to help his chocolatier uncle in his shop before school. When a new girl joins his class, he notices that she could use some cheering up. Daniel gets an idea: with his uncle's help, he'll surprise the girl with some chocolate in her desk. What he sees next is MAGIC! Will Daniel be inspired to create more special moments?


With illustrations by award-winning Gabrielle Grimard, this beautiful picture book tells the story of one child’s ability to turn his understanding of others' feelings into small acts of kindness.


Original title: Cocoa Magic

About the authors

SANDRA BRADLEY est une thérapeute et travailleuse sociale clinique qui adore le chocolat et qui écrit des livres pour enfants. Son premier album illustré, Henry Holton Takes the Ice, a été finaliste pour le prix Blue Spruce OLA Forest of Reading de l’ABO et le prix Maine Chickadee Reader’s Choice. Sandra vit dans la région de Kingston avec son mari et leurs trois adolescents.


SANDRA BRADLEY is a chocolate lover, a clinical social worker and therapist,

and a children’s book author. Her first picture book, Henry Holton Takes the Ice,

was a finalist for the OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award and the Maine

Chickadee Reader’s Choice Award. Sandra lives in the Kingston area with her

husband and their three teenage kids.

Sandra Bradley's profile page


GABRIELLE GRIMARD a illustré plus de 30 albums, dontLes mots volés, Quand j’avais huit ans, Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Aujourd'hui peut-être... et les livres de la série Petit Gnouf. Elle est aussi l'auteure-illustratrice de l'album Lila et la corneille. Gabrielle habite aux environs de Montréal.


From the time she was little GABRIELLE GRIMARD loved art, dismaying her elementary school teachers by constantly drawing in class. Later Gabrielle studied art in high school and university. After her son was born, she began illustrating children’s books and has now created more than 25, including When I Was Eight (Quand j'avais huit ans), Stolen Words (Les mots volés) and Not My Girl (Où est ma fille?). Lila and the Crow (Lila et la corneille) is the first book she both wrote and illustrated. She uses watercolours, gouache and oil to create images of amazing warmth and depth. Gabrielle lives near Montreal, QC. Visit her at

Gabrielle Grimard's profile page


  • Commended, Sélection Communication-Jeunesse

Editorial Reviews

“Setting the tale in the 1920s, the soft, warm-toned illustrations...give this an old-fashioned, historical feel....Delicious endpapers feature 24 unique, beautifully decorated candies....The SEL element is strongly laid out, with a nice twist at the end...”—School Library Journal


“A story about doing little things for others to build empathy and compassion, with the most delicious looking end pages I’ve ever seen!”—The International Educator


“While some children’s books about big topics like empathy miss the mark of a child-friendly vocabulary, this book is well-pitched to reach its intended audience and spark big themes. This could even serve as a good holiday read for young children who might struggle with the joy of gift-giving over merely gift-receiving.”

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“[I]t’s a wholesome story with beautiful illustrations and a lesson that everyone can learn from.”—CM Magazine

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