The Chocopocalypse

illus. by Lalalimola. 240p. Delacorte. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781524719159.
Gr 3–5—Jelly and her entire family are obsessed with chocolate. After all, they live in the town of Chompton-on-de-Lyte, known as the world's biggest chocolate hub. It is no surprise then that Jelly starts to worry as local television hosts predict a Chocopocalypse during their interview with Professor Fizziwicks. Fizziwicks, currently stationed on Easter Egg Island to study an egg created by the ancient Chocolati tribe, shares news of the "cataclysmic cacao catastrophe," or the day when all chocolate will cease to exist. This event, which is forecasted to occur in six days, sends Jelly's town into a frenzy. Chocolate bars fly off store shelves, school is closed, and pandemonium ensues as the townspeople fight for the last of their beloved chocolate. As the Chocopocalypse draws near, Jelly grows increasingly suspicious of chocolate store owner Garibaldi Chocolati and her own neighbor Mrs. Bunstable. A bit of sleuthing and a late-night venture with Gran move the story along as Jelly uncovers the truth behind this mysterious end to chocolate. While most of the characters are adults, they are humorous and childish at times and will appeal to a middle grade audience. The title and subject will grab the attention of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fans, and mystery enthusiasts will also enjoy this chocolatey adventure.
VERDICT A funny mystery recommended for larger collections.

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