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Chunky And Friends

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What is Chunky And Friends?

Chunky and Friends was created by Joseph Vivens to help parents jump start the conversation with their kids about the importance of healthy eating and active play.  

The book series advocates healthy eating and active play while instilling self-confidence through the characters.  It teaches kids that while we all come in different shapes and sizes, physical appearance does not reflect the status of our health.  The ultimate goal is to ensure we all grow up healthy and strong.  For more info click here...

The Candy Conundrum

The Candy Conundrum promotes dental health with a focus on the importance of flossing, brushing and the advantages of choosing fruit over candy.  Available for only $14.99!


Candace loves to eat candy, so much so, that her nickname is Candy. She keeps her love of sweets a secret because she doesn’t want Mom to take them away. Then one day she wakes up with a toothache and that means she’ll have to go to the dentist! Can Candy fix her tooth before it gets worse or will she have to tell Mom and risk losing all of her sweets?

Chunky and The O-Beast

The flagship book in the Chunky And Friends series is called Chunky and The O-Beast.  The book tackles obesity as well as the importance of healthy eating and active play.  Available for only $9.99!


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?

Author Visit & Book reading

Fun for All!

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. 


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, School Counselor 

DC Prep-Edgewood Elementary Campus

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, Head of School 

Paint Branch Montessori School

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, Administrator
Mount Jezreel Christian School

Are you a dentist?

Image of Candy flossing her teeth from The Candy Conundrum. Promoting healthy eating & active play.

Promote your Practice with The Candy Conundrum

Do you ever wonder how your dental office marketing can enhance your message to families about the value of eating healthy, along with good oral hygeine?  Introducing, THE CANDY CONUNDRUM, an engaging and unique children’s book promoting oral health from the Chunky And Friends book series.

Loved by Parents and Kids...

In the field of promotional merchandise, The Candy Conundrum lines up perfectly with the principles of your dental practice.  Your younger patients will love the story and amazing illustrations, while their parents will love the 3 lessons the book conveys:

  • The importance of flossing your teeth
  • The importance of brushing your teeth
  • The advantages of choosing fruit over candy

Impress Your Patients...

Let’s face it; while dental goodie bags are easy to provide to your customers, they are not distinctive. Your patients now expect that you will give them a little plastic bag with disposable branded items such as toothbrushes, dental floss and toothpaste.  When it comes to dental office marketing ideas, this has become an industry standard and it is time for your office to shake it up and truly stand out.  We suggest impressing your patients by providing them with an exciting children’s book addressing oral hygiene while also promoting child literacy.  Your patients will take home a unique and sustainable product sponsored by your practice, that they will never forget.

How does it work?

When it comes to dental office advertising, a children’s book is as unique as they come. You have two ways to get the The Candy Conundrum into your patient’s hands:

Give it away

A free book with awesome illustrations would be a memorable gift that the kids and their parents will cherish.  Additionally, this book will be a great bonus to your gift bags.  Just imagine the joy your young patients will feel walking out with The Candy Conundrum after having a wonderful experience with you and your staff.  In addition to being a great post visit gift, The Candy Conundrum will also make a wonderful promotional giveaway for your presentations at local elementary schools, religious institutions and/or community outreach events.

Sell It

The book sells itself but it’s all about real estate.  Placing The Candy Conundrum in the dental treatment room or on the checkout counter will arouse curiosity in the minds of your visitors.  After a brief conversation about the three main book messages you will easily engage customers to buy the book along with your affixed practice materials.  The Candy Conundrum, paperback edition, retails for $14.99.  Yet, buying the books in bulk affords your practice with special bulk pricing for as low as $9.50.

The Ultimate Referral

Your patients, young and old will say things like, “Look at what I got at my dentist’s office!”  Unlike a business card, flyer or other disposable branded items, The Candy Conundrum will be a permanent keepsake in your patient’s life.  It will always be within arms reach when someone asks, “Do you know of any good dentists?” And as their friend or family member thumb through the book they will see 3 stickers strategically affixed to the book  with information about your practice and services/specials:

  1. Cover – Small sticker with your practice’s name & logo.
  2. Interior cover front – A sticker highlighting the practice and special promotions.
  3. Interior cover back – A sticker highlighting the practice and special promotions.

Contact Us

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Contact us for bulk pricing or booking

We have a variety of pricing options for bulk orders and we'd be happy to schedule an author visit.  Drop us a line for a quote or if you have any questions/comments. 

Thanks for visiting!

Chunky And Friends

P.O. Box 174, Washington Grove, MD 20880, US

(240) 242-7824


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