soup of the day: models don’t eat chocolate cookies by erin dionne


Here, cookie, cookie, cookie!

Yes, I’m talking to you.

Pour yourself a nice tall glass of milk and get ready to take a great big bite out of this post.

Today, fellow munchkins, we’re celebrating the deliciously divine and delectable worldwide debut of Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies (Dial, 2009), by Live Journal’s very own Erin Dionne!

      (Dial BFYR, 2009), ages 9-12, 256 pp.

Man, oh man. Is this the perfect combination or what? A book and chocolate cookies! Even better, a book about chocolate cookies. I mean, what else is there? I should tell you a little more about the book, but I keep wanting to eat that scrumptious cover.

*Breathe. Control. Focus.*

Okay, so Models is Erin’s debut novel for middle grade readers. It’s all about thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris, who loves wearing comfy clothes and eating cookies every afternoon (smart girl). She’s perfectly happy with her lifestyle until her meddling Aunt Doreen secretly enters her into the Miss HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge for plus-size girls.

Arrgh! Feeling guilty, the only way Celeste can think of to get out of the whole thing is to lose weight. A thin girl, after all, wouldn’t qualify as a husky peach. So, she launches Operation Skinny Celeste, and must deal with mean girls, thin women in black dresses, nasty diet drinks, and a fair weather friend. By turns hilarious, sweet, and touching, tween readers will enjoy the lively narrative and readily identify with Celeste’s angst, heartache, and awkwardness as she builds a more positive self image. 

In an interview at Writing for Children and Teens, Erin reveals that the book was inspired by her own experience of wearing a scary peach bridesmaid dress in the seventh grade. Fortunately, she was able to turn this trauma into a short story, that eventually grew into a novel entitled, Beauty Binge (a PEN/New England Children’s Caucus 2006 Susan P. Bloom Discovery Night Honoree), which was then renamed, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies.

I, for one, want to literally inhale this title, which is being officially released today in both hardcover and paperback editions, sure to satisfy all manner of cravings.

So, are you ready to dive into today’s bottomless bowl of soup? If you’re a model, you needn’t bother. This soup is for readers, writers, and good natured chocoholics who are ready to toast Erin on a tasty job well done. Just because it’s chocolate, you’re allowed to slurp, guzzle, and lick yourself silly — then go out and get this book, or order it through your favorite online bookseller!!

Today’s Special: Cream of Chocolate (certified best inspiration for writers)

For more about Erin, visit her official website and Live Journal blog.

Don’t miss the special Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies webpage, where you can download a playlist, learn how to make a decoupage votive, or indulge in two yummy recipes (Mom’s Mac and Cheese, and Aunt Doreen’s Butterscotch Apple Crumbcake of Temptation). *Swoon*

And, in case you haven’t heard, Erin is running a special book launch contest on her blog. You could win a Models prize pack (including chocolate cookies!), just by leaving a comment at this post by February 11th.

*An obscene quantity of chocolate cookies was consumed during the making of this post.

nibble nibble