That’s So Chocolate Bar: How a Book is Helping Fund Research to Cure a Rare Disease

Dylan, right, and his best friend Jonah, left

Dylan (right) and his best friend Jonah (left)

When 6 year old Dylan Siegel wrote the book Chocolate Bar and then single handedly pushed for his parents to self-publish it, it was well received by the public, earning over $92,000 and landing him multiple book signings and interviews. So what’s the story behind Chocolate Bar‘s success?

Dylan wrote the book to raise money for his 7 year old best friend, Jonah Pournazarian, who has a rare liver disease, glycogen storage disease.

“My goal is to raise a million dollars!” Dylan told TODAY.com. “Then I think I’ll make a whole series of Chocolate Bar books so I can raise money for different diseases.”

Chocolate Bar” began as Dylan and Jonah’s own catchphrase, used to describe anything awesome: “Going to Disneyland is so chocolate bar,” “I like to go to the beach. That is so chocolate bar,” or “I like to help my friends. That is the biggest chocolate bar.”

Dylan's Chocolate Bar book

Dylan’s Chocolate Bar book

Dylan’s book is a reminder of the great ideas that can come from a child’s mind.

“[Kids] aren’t jaded, and they haven’t been taught to be pessimistic…we should listen to them more,” said Dylan’s mom, Debra Siegel.

If you want to own your own copy of Chocolate Bar, click here, where you will be taken to a page that allows you to donate money towards the University of Florida’s glycogen storage disease research efforts. Jonah’s and Dylan’s parents are printing and mailing copies at their own expense to anyone who donates $20 or more.

To read a full article on Jonah and Dylan, click here.

- Melanie Figueroa

Melanie Figueroa

Editor-in-Chief and Social Media Manager at The Poetics Project
Melanie is a graduate student attending Portland State University's writing and book publishing program and the column editor of the Rookie Report at Late Night Library. During her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, watching far too much TV, and coffee. Lots of coffee. Two of her favorite books are The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Lucky by Alice Sebold. Her poetry has appeared in Pathos Literary Magazine and the Pomona Valley Review