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
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?
Also available on the Kindle for $4.99
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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Chunky and Friends: Defeat The O-Beast (Coloring and Activity Book) for only $5.99 + s&h.
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.
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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast is a good start, a great breakfast is a great start. A Tale of Two Chunks (pt. 1) is the beginning of Chunky’s day. What happens when he doesn’t eat a healthy breakfast? What happens when he does? This idea was born when we here at Team Chunkatron discussed how we could further demonstrate important moments in Chunky’s life. That’s when we decided to show how a simple decision like, “what’s for breakfast,” can change a kids day. After a good nights rest, Chunky takes a morning stretch and begins his day. What happens next?
See where the two paths take our hero in Part One of A TALE OF TWO CHUNKS!
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My family moved back home to Maryland from Tennessee and it’s been exhausting. Moving from state to state can be a trying time, especially with a one year old in tow. I can say though that the USPS made that transition just a little bit easier.
Plus, it’s awesome to open the mailbox at your new home and see a letter from the White House.
Since I began presenting Chunky and Friends to the public I often get the same advice, “You should contact Michelle Obama.” While it is a great suggestion from people who can understand the potential impact of Chunky and Friends, I’m humbled by the thought that the First Lady would have any time to even glance over our book series.
By now, everyone is familiar with the amazing work the First Lady does with the “Let’s Move” campaign and she’s a very busy woman so, it’s not unreasonable to believe this to be a ridiculous suggestion, right? Well, I mailed a personal letter and signed book copy to her at the White House and surprisingly after 6 weeks I received a response! See below:
It’s a very exciting time for us and we’re grateful that the First Lady Michelle Obama and her staff took time to check out the book. On behalf of the Chunky and Friends team we are very grateful for your time and the supportive letter. My Mother-in-Law said it best, “What a wonderful housewarming gift.” I agree wholeheartedly.
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This is our first in a line of comic strips that we are calling, “Short Chunks!” It’s another glimpse into Chunky’s world and his fight to overcome his health issues with the help of friends and family. A little harsh on our fearless hero? Yes, but, not as harsh as what will happen if kids think soda companies and their products can fix their health issues. A lot of kids who are working to live healthier lives might be confused when they see a popular soda company agree to join the fight against obesity. So we asked, what happens to Chunky when he finds out this soda company is out to help him? Enjoy and please comment below! LIKE us on Facebook! Follow Us on Twitter!
You know that friend who follows any crazy idea you may have? What about the friend who makes you laugh until your stomach hurts? Awesome, you might know Chip!
Sometimes Chunky’s tendency to react is amplified by Chip’s ability to over react. As a best friend, Chip is as good as they come. He’s always there to support his friend at his time of need and even when he doesn’t need him.
Want to meet one of Chunky’s friends? Sure you do! Today we’re introducing you to… JUICE!
This is one of Chunky’s best friends in the world; his other best friend is Chip. The battle between Chip and Juice for best friend supremacy has been waged for as long as they’ve known each other. But, that’s a story for another day. Read more about Juice below!