You may feel I’ve got it in for chocolate, and it’s true that it tends to attack me, unless I’m feeling really good and it’s white chocolate, but I have nothing against it as such. Except possibly that heavenly smell when others near me are showing a lack of solidarity with my non-choccy state.
But I do mind chocolate calendars, because they seem to have taken over. It’s like it’s not proper if it’s not a chocolate calendar for Advent. And I will not have my children brainwashed. (I know they are quite old, now, but it’s the principle of it.)
So, I’m with Cornelia Funke on this. Her Hinter verzauberten Fenstern is all about the effect chocolate calendars have had on the good, traditional calendars. Julia, the main character in this book, makes friends with the people in her traditional calendar, and she meets the baddie from the chocolate calendar castle.
All will be well in the end, of course, but you can’t be too careful. And I would like to know how Julia explains to her parents about popping in and out of the Advent calendar. At least her pesky little brother Olli can understand about “the other side”.
Three weeks ago, when I started on this book, I didn’t think I’d finish it. So I’m quite pleased, to be honest. Time for a translation, though. I think this would be a very good story for English speaking readers, too.