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Interactive Book Reading / Workshop

Joseph R. Vivens, creator of Chunky And Friends, will come to your school, organization, or house of worship to conduct live interactive book readings of CHUNKY AND FRIENDS: CHUNKY AND THE O-BEAST.  We say it’s interactive because we request audience participation from the children to draw them into the story and of course the message.  Our target audience is 4-10 years old and we have discovered that the illustration and content appeals to older students as well.

Topics Addressed:

  • Proper Food Portion Sizes
  • Importance of Active Play
  • Importance of limiting excessive consumption of unhealthy foods
  • The value of self-confidence as a child
  • Importance of family and friends working together to live healthier

A Healthy Schedule


  • Introduction
  • Instructions for audience
  • Interactive book reading
  • Audience questions
  • Healthy Eating (see description below)
  • Active Play (see description below)
  • Infinite Perfection (see description below)

The Healthy Takeaway

After the live interactive reading, Joseph embarks on a presentation focused on the three principles that the characters in the series follow to ensure that they grow up healthy & strong.


We discuss with the children the different portion sizes of a balanced meal.  We use the dynamic characters from the Chunky and Friends book series to promote the eating of fresh fruits and vegetables.


We reintroduce classic active play games that children can play with their parents.  Each game gives kids the opportunity to stretch, engage in strength training and perform cardio.  While the kids are playing the game we inform them of the health benefits each game provide.


There is a moment in the book where Chunky asks his mother, “So, do I have to lose weight.” and with tears in her eyes she tells him, “No. You are perfect just the way you are.  We just want you to be healthy.”  This is the message that I leave the kids with at the end of the presentation to help build their confidence.  I tell them they are all perfect exactly how they are and that their physical appearance doesn’t always dictate the status of their health.  I remind them what matters most is that they grow up healthy & strong by eating fresh fruits/veggies and engaging in active play.


Erin Stanley

Mr. Vivens attended one of our school’s Parent Action Team meetings. At the meeting, he conducted an interactive book reading of “Chunky and the O-Beast” for students and their families. Students ranged from age three to age eight. Mr. Vivens’ passion for writing, orating, and physical health were evident, as he displayed incredible enthusiasm during his time with us. Following the book reading, Mr. Vivens took the time to sign and sell books, take pictures, and answer questions. Students and parents walked away with a wider knowledge base and a new favorite character in Chunky. EEC appreciates you, Mr. Vivens!

Erin Stanley
DC Prep-Edgewood Elementary Campus

Mrs. Sunit Grover Head of School

Author Joseph Vivens has written an excellent book that appeals to the youngest and to the many adults who can heed his message. And the message is simple and clear…
Look After Your Body!!
Beautifully illustrated, bright and clearly written and very topical too. We had the privilege of Joseph reading to a mesmerized audience at our school. The students, even the very youngest, totally got the message very clearly. I would highly recommend that we all get a copy of Chunky and the O-Beast!!
And read it and listen to Joseph’s great message of good health and good nutrition!”

Mrs. Sunit Grover
Paint Branch Montessori School

Menia Pearson Administrator Mount Jezreel

The children and our teachers genuinely enjoyed Mr. Vivens’ very animated and interactive presentation on “Chunky and Friends”. The live interactive book reading was the most exciting event that we experienced that week. The scream signs were a great hit! We will not forget the message on health and nutrition that he gave our children and we certainly won’t forget him and his wonderful books. We hope he keeps up the great work in our community.

Menia Pearson
Christian School

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Washington Grove, MD 20880
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