This week’s Bitch’in Suburbia post was supposed to be a holiday gift guide — that is until a friend handed me a book one of her students had written. By the time I finished reading it, I realized that there was only one present I’d endorse this year: Chocolate Bar book. It’s a delicious read, with a fantastically creative catchphrase, and a kicker that can’t be beat: it was written by first grader Dylan Siegel to raise money for his best friend Jonah Pournazarian, who has a rare liver condition called Glycogen Storage Disease (GSD 1B). I wanted to know more about the author, his BFF/muse/inspiration, and why this book so perfectly embodies the giving spirit.
Bitch’in Suburbia (BIS): So how did you guys meet? Seems like you go back a long time.
Dylan Siegel (DS): Preschool. Mommy & Me, I think.
BIS: You might be the first writer to meet his muse at a Mommy & Me group. So tell me about what Jonah has.
DS: It’s… he gets a lot of shots.