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CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST ONLY $9.99!

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C&F at the Miami Book Fair International
C&F at the Miami Book Fair International

Miami has come … and gone.  We had a wonderful time at the Miami Book Fair International.  I met some amazing kids who love to read and were excited to crack the gateway to their imagination.  I am proud to say that many of these children took home copies of Chunky and the O-Beast and the Defeat The O-Beast Activity and Coloring Book.  My friend and graphic designer, Lewis, finally had a chance to witness the look of excitement that children have when they first see Chunky and Friends.  He also had the opportunity to hear the gratitude that parents shared because of our passion to positively impact families to live healthier.

This project means the world to me and it makes me proud to share it with the world.

I want to thank the organizers and the volunteers at the Miami Book Fair International.  I have to say thank you to two specific volunteers, Anna and Gabby, who handed out all of “scream signs” and remained eager to help the cause.  I also want to thank Lewis for driving down from Orlando to lend a helping hand.  Lastly, I want to thank my family for their hospitality and love.

See you all next year!

– Joseph Vivens

Price Drop and New Kindle Version of CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST Available NOW!
Price Drop and New Kindle Version of CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST Available NOW!

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Book synopsis:

Chunky is a 10-year-old boy who finds out that he is in danger of becoming obese. With his vivid imagination he confuses what was discussed during his doctor visit and believes he will soon transform into an “O-BEAST.” Can Chunky make sense of it all and stop the O-Beast from taking over?

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Also available on the Kindle for $4.99
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The Defeat The O-Beast Coloring & Activity Book is an adventure where kids help Chunky and his friends solve puzzles to defeat the villainous O-Beast.  The puzzles are all about physical play and healthy eating choices.  Pick it up for the crossword puzzles, word finds, connect the dots, coloring pages and more…

Also, the book has a Food and Active play journal where kids can keep tabs on their day to day habits.
An awesome resource for educators and physicians.

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Baltimore Book Festival 2014 [Updated]
Baltimore Book Festival 2014 [Updated]

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Come join us this weekend, September 26-28, 2014 at the Baltimore Book Festival! I will be signing copies of Chunky and The O-Beast for only $10!  Team Chunkatron will be on RASH FIELD at the Baltimore Inner Harbor!  See you there! – Joseph

***UPDATED 9/29/14***

We had a fantastic time over the weekend and are very excited to share with you some images from the Baltimore Book Festival.

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Baltimore Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake with Chunky and Friends author, Joseph Vivens at the BBF2014 Press Conference.

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We met Veeps’ Matt Walsh. He’s also been seen in The Hangover, TED and Hung.

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Scream!

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Highmark’s Fun, Fit and Fabulous Woman’s Health Conference
Highmark’s Fun, Fit and Fabulous Woman’s Health Conference

I assure you I haven’t been missing in action.  My team and I have been hard at work fulfilling the dreams that we envisioned since creating CHUNKY AND FRIENDS.  In the coming weeks and months you will be seeing some exciting announcements and images from various events.  Keep an eye for them on ChunkyAndFriends.com, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Google Plus.

In the meantime, please check out these images from the Highmark’s Fun, Fit and Fabulous Woman’s Health Conference in Hershey, PA.   My wife and I had a wonderful time introducing Chunky and Friends to the fabulous women at the event. and selling out of books!  The reception was warm and loving.  I want to thank Highmark for allowing us the participate in such a meaningful event.

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Baltimore Co. Public Library Reading // Chunky and Friends

I had an awesome time conducting a live interactive reading at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Rosedale Branch.  I’d like to thank Sara Jane and the rest of the staff at the Rosedale Branch for inviting me to entertain the children during their Fit and Fun Day.  Here are some images from the event:

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Introducing myself to the families that arrived early.

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I’m giving instructions to the audience as to what to do during the reading. See the scream sign in my hand?

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Sometimes I stand but, I decided to sit and read the book.

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Everyone received a scream sign at the end of the reading.

Jamon Kids write a Chunky & Friends Inspired Book
Jamon Kids write a Chunky & Friends Inspired Book

 

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to conduct a reading at Jamon Montessori School in Silver Spring, Maryland.  I had toyed with the idea of creating a writing workshop  in which I would sit with a group of children and walk them through the process of writing a story.  After sharing my thoughts with the school’s Director, Lisa Miller, it became clear she wanted to take this idea a step further and have the children write and publish a book that they could take home with them for the summer.

Working with the four children (three second graders and a first grader) who were eager about writing, was a blast! . I kept the process simple by teaching the kids a basic three act structure that included the Set-up, Climax and Conclusion. In addition, there were three criteria for the young writers on this  project, 1.They had to work together 2. The story had to be health and/or fitness based and  3. They had to use characters from the Chunky and Friends book series.  Much to the Director and my satisfaction, the children delivered a book titled, “Attack of the Bad Health Elf,” written and colored by MMAC (Maya, Melvin, Alex and Canady) and illustrated by their resident artist, Mr. Monte.

Check out the images below.

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@ClintonFdn’s Closing the Gap: Childhood Obesity Forum
@ClintonFdn’s Closing the Gap: Childhood Obesity Forum

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Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend a forum sponsored by the Clinton Foundation, RWJF and GHI.  It was an awesome event that included a lively discussion on what is needed to curb the rise in childhood obesity rates.  I had the opportunity to meet some remarkable people who are doing very exciting things to ensure that the future of the world is brighter and healthier.

Amongst the many people in attendance I had the pleasure of meeting the Today Show’s Joy Bauer, who complimented me on my smile.  Thanks for that, Joy!  Sadly, I didn’t think to snap a celfie’ (yes, that is selfie) with her.  Visit her site for nutrition tips and great recipes: www.joybauer.com

I met actor and entrepreneur Wendell Pierce of The Wire and Treme fame (my wife would throw in Waiting to Exhale as well).  You should definitely support Sterling Farms if you are in the New Orleans area; they are placing healthy options in the heart of the food deserts in the 9th Ward. Visit their site for more info: sterlingfreshfoods.com

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I also had the privilege to eat lunch with former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the American Heart Association, Dr. Eduardo Sanchez.  If you ever catch them together ask them about two things: 1) Hurricane Katrina and 2) What is the significance of Ice Cream?  Believe me you won’t regret it.

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Here are some organizations that caught my attention and I think deserve your support:

Go Noodle is an organization that provide an online program that allow kids classroom breaks to do short exercises as a “reset” from their day to day lessons.  I had an awesome conversation with the founder Scott about ways to inspire and encourage children to fulfill healthy goals. Visit their site: GoNoodle.com

 

Girl Trek is a non-profit organization that uses walking as a way to encourages physical activity amongst African American women. One of the co-founders, Morgan, was a panelist who was very inspiring with her wealth of knowledge and experience.  Visit their site: GirlTrek.org

Finally, Snider Hockey is a non-profit by the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation.  I was fortunate to meet Jan who spoke passionately about the program and how they introduce urban youth in Philadelphia to hockey.  Visit their site: esyhf.org

Overall, it was an awesome even and I encourage you to check out the videos below and joint the conversation.  Hop on twitter and keep the hashtag #KidsHealthMatters alive.

Coloring & Activity Book AVAILABLE NOW!
Coloring & Activity Book AVAILABLE NOW!

Hey Everyone, thank you for all the love and support of Chunky and Friends.  We truly appreciate you!
Over the last 6 months, the Vivens Media Group has been very busy.  We have been conducting live interactive readings and writing workshops at various schools in Maryland and DC.  It’s been AWESOME!  In addition, we have been working on our next book, which takes Chunky and friends on crazy adventures which are completely different from anything we’ve done with the characters thus far.  I know that kids and adults will love it, so stay tuned.  Finally, we’ve been preparing the release of our activity book which we are proud to present to you today:

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The Defeat The O-Beast Coloring & Activity Book is full of adventures where kids help Chunky and friends solve puzzles to defeat the villainous O-Beast.  The puzzles are all about physical play and healthy eating choices.  Pick it up for the crossword puzzles, word finds, connect the dots, coloring pages and more…

Also, the book has a Food and Active play journal where kids can keep tabs on their day to day habits.
An awesome resource for educators and physicians for only $5.99.

The activity book is a wonderful companion piece to the book, CHUNKY AND FRIENDS: CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST available now!

Click here to purchase the Defeat The O-Beast Coloring & Activity Book.

I do hope you enjoy the book and thank you again for all the support!

Chunky and Friends at St. Martins of Tours
Chunky and Friends at St. Martins of Tours

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On Thursday, October 17, 2013 I had the opportunity to read Chunky and The O-Beast to the kids at St. Martin’s of Tours in Gaithersburg, MD.  Although I’ve done smaller readings this was by far the largest group and the kids were amazing!  They ranged from PreK-8th grade.  The reading with the 6-8th grade class concluded with a Q&A session about the writing and artistic process.  Thankfully, the book illustrator Jose Dominguez was available to answer questions about drawing the artwork.

The kids were completely engaged in the content, the message and the art.  We received praised from Principal Andrew Piotrowski for an enthusiastic reading that opened the conversation about healthy eating & building self-confidence.  Also, Mr. Piotrowski took the opportunity speak after the reading to reinforce the main themes of the book in the context of the schools principles.

Words cannot do justice for the amount of fun we had so please, check out the images from the St. Martin of Tours website by clicking this link (my favorite is the look of shock on the kids faces): https://smsmd.org/visit-from-author-joe-vivens/

We have other school readings scheduled and will share images and links as they become available.  If you’re interested in having me and the illustrator come out for a reading and Q&A, contact us.

Finally, I want to thank the students, faculty and staff of St. Martin’s for being gracious hosts and a spectacular audience.

– JV